JD/BCL applicants

We consider applications from students with a Civil Law degree who wish to attend the Faculty of Law to attain a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The number of applicants accepted is limited to ensure that our class sizes are not significantly altered.

Application deadlines

Applications for the Juris Doctor for Civil Law graduates program are due April 30 (4 p.m. PST).

Admission requirements

A complete application will include:

  1. Submission of the online application form
  2. A personal statement no longer than 750 words
  3. Payment of the application fee
  4. Your academic record from law school and all post-secondary studies
  5. If you have taken Constitutional Law, a detailed syllabus from the course.

You must start your JD/BCL studies at UVic Law within two years of completing your Canadian Civil Law degree.

Students will be admitted at the discretion of the Associate Dean, Academic & Student Relations.

Academic requirements

  • To obtain your Juris Doctor (JD) degree, you must successfully complete an aggregate total of 22.5 units (three semesters of full-time study) of courses at the UVic Faculty of Law in addition to your Civil Law degree. Courses previously taken here as part of an exchange term program may be included in this total.
  • You must complete, or establish that you have taken the equivalent as part of your Civil Law degree, the following courses: Contracts; Property; Torts; Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; and Law, Legislation and Policy.
  • You must complete, or establish that you have taken the equivalent as part of your Civil Law degree, any upper-year courses that are designated as compulsory.
  • You must complete the faculty's major research paper requirement.
  • You must not take courses toward your JD degree that substantially duplicate courses taken toward your Civil Law degree. You may not (as part of your program) take courses outside the Faculty of Law (including exchange terms with other law schools).
  • You must otherwise comply with all of our academic regulations and requirements (mutatis mutandis).

You can also view the program requirements in the academic calendar.