Joint Indigenous degree (JD/JID) admission overview

The JD/JID program is limited to a class of 25 students with an intake in September of each year.

  • The program is open to first year admits only.
  • Transfer or Visiting applicants to the program will not be accepted.
  • Applications will be accepted under the General and Inclusive streams.
  • Connection to an Indigenous community and reasons for pursuing the program are important considerations in the admissions process.
  • All admissions to the program are at the discretion of the Faculty's Admissions Committee.

Any applicants who meet our admissions criteria are welcome to apply. We aim to have at least 50% of a class consist of Indigenous students. Non-Indigenous students are also welcome to apply. The Faculty’s Admissions Committee recognizes that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants alike may have connections to Indigenous communities, and reasons for pursuing the program that would make them valuable members of the class.

For more information check out the UVic Law Admissions Blog!

When to apply

Online applications open September 1 and close December 1 (4 pm PST). You are encouraged to submit your application and supporting documentation as early as possible.

Admission requirements

Admission to the JD/JID program is based on:

  • Your academic record (GPA) - weighted 50%
  • Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) - weighted 50%
  • A holistic review of all other elements of your application (see below)

Your entire undergraduate academic record is used in our GPA calculation. We do not include Masters or PhD grades.

All applicants must complete the following:

  1. Submission of the online application form
  2. Payment of the application fee
  3. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) test (written no later than the January test date)
  4. One transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended (including exchange and study abroad transcripts)
  5. personal statement
  6. One academic letter of reference sent to us ( by your referee
  7. One reference letter describing your suitability for and commitment to this unique program sent to us ( by your referee
  8. A JID statement describing your connection to and/or involvement in an Indigenous community, the reasons why you want to pursue the program and how you will enrich the learning environment at the faculty
  9. Completed Law Admissions Equity & Diversity Survey
  10. TOEFL results (if applicable)

Applicants in the Inclusive Admissions must also submit:

  • Inclusive Statement
  • Evidence supporting your eligibility to apply in the inclusive stream

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

There is no part-time admissions stream for this program. However, part time studies may be approved under special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.

Info session videos

Learn more about the intersocietal nature of the program, and how Indigenous laws are drawn from the land. Find out about the admissions process, supports available to students, and hear from six students about what led them to apply to the JID program. Watch Part 1 & Part 2.