How to apply

Application deadlines

The application deadline for September 2018 is January 31, 2018 for:

  • Canadian applicants (LLM and PhD)
  • International applicants (LLM and PhD)
  • Visiting research applicants (PhD only)

The online application system for September 2019 will be available in September 2018.

We only offer a September entry.

Steps to apply

  1. Check the law graduate program minimum requirements. Our minimum requirements for the law graduate programs are higher than other university-wide requirements.
  2. Check Graduate Admissions and Records' documentation requirements.
  3. Submit your online application.

As part of your application, you must: 

  • Enter the names and email addresses of two professors or other academic authorities familiar with your work. The application system will send assessment form information directly to your referees by email upon submission of your application. Assessment information will be collected electronically from your referees; paper/hard-copy documents are not required. These tips for soliciting great scholarship reference letters may also be useful for your application.
  • Attach electronic, unofficial copies for all post-secondary institutions at which you have been registered.
  • Attach a recent resume/curriculum vitae (CV). Sample resume/CV

If applicable, you will also be required to attach a recent TOEFL or IELTS score. See the law program minimum requirements. Our minimum requirements for the law graduate programs are higher than other university-wide requirements.

Applicants for the LLM program are also required to electronically attach:

  • A one-page thesis proposal indicating your area of research interest and stating, as far as possible, your research question, research methods, and/or the research directions you wish to pursue. You should reference some of the literature that you propose to draw upon and examine. The proposal should highlight the interdisciplinary dimension of the project and explain how your research will engage with the relationship between law and society.

Applicants for the PhD program are also required to electronically attach:

  • A five-page dissertation proposal indicating your area of research interest and stating, as far as possible, your research question, research methods, and/or the research directions you wish to pursue. You should reference some of the literature that you propose to draw upon and examine. The proposal should highlight the interdisciplinary dimension of the project and explain how your research will engage with the relationship between law and society.
  • A sample of your research writing (e.g., a completed segment of a master's thesis or published article).
  1. Pay the application fee using a credit card or by INTERAC online.

$119.00 CAD - all transcripts arriving from institutions within Canada

$147.00 CAD - any transcripts arriving from institutions outside of Canada

Contact if you are experiencing difficulties with the online application or need to pay by wire transfer.

How we assess your application

Graduate Admissions and Records will screen your application to determine if you are admissible to the university and if you meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Law.

If you meet the minimum requirements, your application will be forwarded to the Law Graduate Studies Admissions Committee for further review.

Offers of admission are made from mid-March through to early summer.

If you are accepted to the program, official documents must be submitted before a full offer of admission can be made. All items must remain in their original sealed and endorsed institution envelopes. Visit the Graduate Admissions and Records' submission of documents page for full details and requirements.

Still have questions about the application? Review our Admissions FAQs page, contact the , or contact for further assistance.

If you are accepted to the program, a $200 acceptance deposit will be required and will be credited towards your tuition fees once you begin your studies. Exceptions can be granted and are at the discretion of the graduate program director.

International students that are admitted into the program are responsible for securing, in a timely fashion, the necessary visa and documentation required to study in Canada.

Visiting research students

The key criterion for acceptance is a close fit between your proposed area of study and the research interests of our faculty members. Please take a look at their areas of interest.

Application requirements:

  • One-page research proposal
  • Resume/CV
  • A minimum iBT TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0 is required (if applicable)

Visiting research students are expected to reside in Victoria during their time at the University of Victoria.

Planning to practice in Canada?

Please note that completion of our graduate degrees will not permit you to practice law in Canada.

If you are interested in practicing in Canada contact the National Committee on Accreditation for an assessment of how your current education and experience meet Canadian requirements and visit our NCA Applicants page for information on how to apply as an NCA applicant.