First year admissions

We admit a relatively small first-year class to the Juris Doctor (JD) program each fall and strive to ensure that the student body reflects the diversity found in Canadian society. The number of applications we receive exceeds the number of spaces available for each program. 

When to apply

Online applications open September 1. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible, since offers are made on a continual basis beginning early in the cycle.

Admissions requirements

Admission to all first year programs is based on:

  • Your academic record (GPA) - weighted 50%
  • Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) - weighted 50%
  • Your personal statement may also be taken into account during the application assessment process
  • Additional requirements dependent upon program and applicant category

Applying to the JD Program

Language requirements

If your first language is not English and you have not completed a minimum of three full academic years of post-secondary study that was taught and assessed in English, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.

Minimum score requirements:

  • Internet Based Test - 100 with no less than 25 on each of the individual components
  • Computer Based Test - 250 out of a possible 300
  • Paper Based Test - 600 out of a possible 677

Applicants who do not meet these TOEFL minimums will not normally be admitted to the Faculty of Law.

Part-time studies

A limited number of positions in the faculty are available for part-time studies. You must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the faculty that you are unable to attend on a full-time basis because of health factors, physical disability or exceptional family or financial hardship. If you are requesting to apply to study on a part-time basis, you must do so in writing addressed to the Admissions office.

Admissions contact information

Phone: 250-721-8151

Email: lclerk2@uvic.ca

Send your supporting documentation by email to lclerk2@uvic.ca or by mail to:

Mailing Address

Admissions Office
Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Courier address

Admissions Office
Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
Fraser Building, Room 102
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2