Joint Indigenous degree (JD/JID) admissions 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 Regular and Discretionary categories.
  • 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.

March 2020 info session

These two videos were recorded at our JID info sessions, held in March 2020.

Learn more about the transsystemic 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.

Professors John Borrows and Sarah Morales discuss how the program is taught transystemically and give an example of how Indigenous law is drawn from the land.
How to submit a stand-out application, what students supports we have at the law school and six of our current JID students talk about the program.

When to apply

Online applications open September 1 and closes January 15 (4 pm PST). You are encouraged to submit your application and supporting documentation as early as possible.

Admissions 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:

  • Pay the application fee
  • Write or have registered for the LSAT; and submit:
    • An online application;
    • personal statement; part A must not be longer than 750 words
    • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
    • One academic letter of reference sent to us ( by your referee
    • One reference letter describing your suitability for and commitment to this unique program sent to us ( by your referee
    • 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

Applicants in the discretionary category must also submit:

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 category for this program. However, part time studies may be approved under special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.