Graduate admission FAQs


When are your application deadlines?

All applications are due by January 31 for entry the following September.  We only offer a September entry.

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How much are your application fees?

$119.00 CAD if all transcripts come from institutions within Canada

$147.00 CAD if any transcripts come from institutions outside of Canada

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How do I apply if I do not have a credit card?

If you do not have a credit card (or experience difficulties with the online application form) contact .

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What are the minimum GPA requirements to apply?

The minimum GPA requirement for admission to the LLM program is an average of B+ (6.0/9.0) GPA (Upper 2nd Class standing) in the final two years of a Juris Doctor (JD), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or equivalent civil law degree.

The minimum GPA requirement for admission to the PhD program is an average of A- (7.0/9.0) GPA (1st Class standing) in graduate-level courses.

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Can I apply with an MBA or other undergraduate degree?

The only undergraduate degrees acceptable for admission to our LLM program are a Juris Doctor (JD), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or equivalent civil law degree.

Applicants to the PhD program must have a Juris Doctor (JD), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or equivalent civil law degree and an LLM or sufficient undergraduate and graduate educational background in law with an average of A- (7.0/9.0 GPA) in graduate-level courses. All PhD applicants must have a masters' level degree.

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I am an international applicant. Where can I find the minimum GPA requirements for my country?

You may compare minimum requirements for most countries on the Minimum Requirements From Other Countries webpage.

However, requirements for the LLM and PhD programs are slightly higher than the university-wide requirements listed.


  • LLM applicants require a GPA equivalent of Upper 2nd Class standing
  • PhD applicants require a GPA equivalent of 1st Class standing

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I have an international law degree. Will completing your program allow me to practice in Canada?

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.

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What are the minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores you accept?

  • iBT TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - score of 100 (with no score of less than 20 on each component of the test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - score of 7.0 (with no score of less than 7.0 on each academic component of the test)

Scores older than two years, from the date of planned entry, will not be accepted.

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My first language is English but my home country is not listed as a "Designated English-speaking country", is an English-language score still required?

Even if your first language is English, or all of your previous degrees have been taught in English, you may be required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Visit the Graduate Admissions and Records Language Proficiency webpage to confirm that your home country is listed as a "Designated English-speaking country" and to review all allowable exceptions to the requirement.

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What if my GPA or English-language scores are slightly below the minimum requirements?

If your GPA scores are slightly lower than required, it may still be possible to be admitted based on the quality of your research proposal and references.

If your TOEFL or IELTS score is lower than required, normally you will be asked to retake the test.

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What documentation is required to apply?

Visit our How to apply webpage for a full listing of required documents and where they need to be sent.

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Do I need to find a program supervisor before I apply?

You need not have a supervisor lined up at the time of application. Normally, the law supervisor is determined during the course of the admissions process and the non-law supervisor after a student's arrival. Applicants are only admitted to the program if a faculty member is available to supervise the research area identified in the applicant's research proposal.

You can view a list of our faculty members and their areas of specialty on the Our faculty webpage.

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Is there a minimum residency requirement?

You are required to be on campus full time for the first three terms (12 months) of your program (LLM or PhD). Subsequent terms can be completed off campus with the permission of your law supervisor.

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Can I take the program remotely or online?

The program cannot be completed remotely or online. See the residency requirement above.

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How many new students do you accept each year?

We accept a maximum of 12 new graduate students each September.

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How many applications do you receive each year?

We receive approximately 65-80 completed applications each year.

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Does your faculty give preference to UVic grads or BC residents?


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When will I know if I am accepted?

Our Law Graduate Studies Admissions Committee typically meets during the first week of March and we begin sending our first round of offers starting in mid-March. Depending on the replies to our offers and the length of our waitlist, we usually notify all applicants of our decisions by mid-late April.

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May I defer my acceptance to a subsequent year?

We do not offer deferrals but encourage applicants to reapply. Once we have admitted an applicant, there is a good chance we will do so again.

Your application materials will be kept by Graduate Admissions and Records for one year but you will need to re-submit your application, application fee, and assessment reports.

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How much are tuition and fees?

Visit the Tuition and funding webpage for current tuition and fee amounts.

Tuition and fees typically increase May 1 of each year. Ancillary fees typically increase September 1 of each year.

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What is the approximate cost of textbooks and printing for the program?

We recommend that you budget $1,000 in total for books and printing costs. This will fluctuate depending on whether you prefer to work from online or printed materials.

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How can I pay my tuition and fees?

Visit Accounting services for details on where and how you can pay your tuition and fees.

Please note: tuition fees cannot be paid using a credit card.

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What are the costs to live in on-campus housing?

Visit the Residence services website for current on-campus accomodation rates.

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How much does it cost to park on campus?

Visit Campus security for current parking rates.

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How can I budget?

You will find helpful budget estimates and information, including a sample budget, on the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.

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Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

There are several fellowships and awards available to law graduate students. Eligibility for our internal funding is determined based on your application to the program. Visit the Tuition and funding webpage for further details. Students are also required to apply for any eligible external funding.

You can also visit the Graduate Studies Awards and Fellowships webpage for awards not specific to law.

Bursaries are available to graduate students. Bursary applications and eligibility information are available from the Students Awards and Financial Aid website. Application deadlines are October 15 for the winter session (September-April), and June 1 for the summer session (May-August).

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