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How to Apply (JD)

All Ontario law school applications are handled centrally by the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) a division of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). OLSAS offers numerous benefits to applicants through a simplified application process and will also reduce duplication and processing costs at the universities. In late August applicants may apply online. 

The application deadline for first-year law students is November 1 for September admission into the J.D.  program. You will need to submit the following materials on or before that deadline.

  • Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) form
  • University of Windsor Personal Profile
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended
  • Current official LSAT score report, including all LSAT scores written in the past five years
  • Two (2) letters of reference (one academic and one non-academic)* on the forms specifically provided for this purpose

*Each applicant is required to submit two letters of reference. Those applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution during the three years prior to the application are required to submit at least one academic reference. Reference forms are provided and, when completed, should be forwarded directly to the OLSAS by the referee.

We welcome applications from students who have successfully completed the first year of a J.D. or an LL.B. program at another Canadian common law school. Applicants must submit the same materials as first-year students with an application deadline of May 1 for September admission.

In addition to meeting the normal admission criteria, admission of transfer students is subject to space availability.

Students from other Canadian common law schools are invited to spend their second or third years as a visiting student at Windsor Law. Applicants should supply a current law school transcript plus a letter of permission from their current law school by May 1 for September admission. Admission is also subject to availability.

As part of our commitment to improving access to justice, the Faculty of Law encourages Indigenous applicants to apply. Indigenous applicants should use the same application process as first-year students, although the LSAT requirement may be waived in some cases upon special application.

Indigenous applicants will receive either an unconditional or conditional admission to Windsor Law. Those who receive a conditional admission must complete our mandatory Indigenous Students' Pre-Law Program that will be offered in August of every year. Details of the program will be provided to students. 

If you have attended law school in a foreign country or are already practising law outside of Canada, you can apply for advanced standing toward a J.D. degree. This would allow you to receive your Windsor Law degree in two years instead of three.

If you believe your work and education experience qualifies you to complete your studies in less than two years, then you should apply for a Certificate of Equivalence from the National Committee on Accreditation. Note that you will not receive a degree from the University of Windsor.

 

Questions? Contact Us

Email: uwlaw@uwindsor.ca