Admissions & Application Information for the Juris Doctor Program

In 2019-2020, we welcomed our seventh class of law students.  We also celebrate the entrance of our fourth set of alumni into the legal profession.  These are exciting times at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law! 

To join our next class, please read carefully:

For questions regarding the Admission process, please see Admissions Questions.

Applications for September 2020 are now closed.

General Admission Requirements:

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to reviewing applications, taking into consideration a number of factors including:

  • Academic requirements
  • LSAT scores
  • Personal statement
  • Autobiographical Sketch
  • References
  • Other supporting documentation where necessary

Applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, that have demonstrated academic ability and good potential for success, will be selected.

We cannot accept any advanced standing students from other law programs - all students at Lakehead must do the full three-year JD program.

Applicants must have either Canadian permanent residency status or Canadian citizenship.

Please note that offers of admission may be conditional on the successful completion of the Native Law Centre Summer Program offered through the University of Saskatchewan.

Academic Requirements: 

To be considered for admission, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of three (3) years of full-time undergraduate studies at a recognized university. Preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate degree. Applicants may apply in the third or final year of their undergraduate degree program. An overall academic standing of B+/75% is recommended with an A-/80% in the last two years of study at the undergraduate level.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT): All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Lakehead University does not set a minimum LSAT score. The weight given to the LSAT varies depending on the fulfilment of other elements of the application. Applicants must take the LSAT no later than January 2020. However, in order to have the score reports available for the first round of offers, applicants are highly recommended to write the LSAT in September 2019, October 2019 or November 2019. If applicants complete the LSAT more than once, the highest test result reported by the Law School Admission Service in the year of application is used for admission. If it is the first time an applicant is taking the LSAT, please note it is not considered complete until the writing sample is completed. LSAT scores within the past five (5) years may be used (back to 2014).

It is not necessary to apply to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law prior to registering for the LSAT.

For questions about the LSAT test, please see a list of common LSAT questions and answers provided by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) which administers the LSAT.

Personal Statement: You must complete the Personal Statement with your OLSAS application. The Personal Statement provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the strengths, capabilities and achievements that distinguish you as a desirable applicant. The Personal Statement can include information about what led you to apply to study law, your preparedness for the study of law, your aspirations after graduation, and your interest in Lakehead University and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

The Faculty of Law is committed to the following 3 mandate areas:

1. Aboriginal and Indigenous law;
2. Environmental and Natural Resource law; and
3. Sole practitioner/small town law practice including the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC).

Please discuss how any or all of our mandate areas fit in with your goals as a future lawyer. If applicable, please also discuss any connection or previous experience you have with any or all of our mandate areas.

You may wish to include information about any anomalies with your academic performance, highlight non‐academic achievements and note any special circumstances that have contributed to, or adversely affected, your academic and non‐academic success.

Your personal statement will be considered in the context of the rest of your application. It must be authored entirely by you and must not exceed 8,000 characters in length. 

References: All applicants must provide at least two (2) letters of reference: one academic and one may be non-academic; however, two academic references are preferred. Applicants should carefully consider the selection of their referees. Referees should have extensive personal knowledge of the applicant in order to make statements concerning the applicant’s character, personal qualities, academic competencies, employment performance, volunteer contributions and other areas that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee.

Letters of reference must be confidential and submitted directly by the referee to OLSAS. Applicants should arrange for their referees to use the OLSAS Confidential Reference Forms that are provided with the application.

How to Apply:

To apply to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, the application form used is available online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. All applications, even those from current/previous Lakehead students, must go through the OLSAS system.

---> Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the OLSAS Application Form 

As part of the application process, applicants can select from the three Applicant Categories to apply, including the General Category, Aboriginal Category or Access Category. Please refer to the OLSAS Application Guide for additional information on each of these categories. Please read the guide carefully, as it contains important information about the application process.

Questions? Please see Law Admission questions before contacting us.

Required Documentation:

Applicants are to submit the following required documentation as part of the application process. (Please also refer to the Important Deadline Dates to ensure you are meeting all the published deadline dates.)

  1. Application and Application Fees - applicants pay a $200 OLSAS application fee, plus $100 per Ontario law school applied to. So if you are applying only to Lakehead, your application fee will be $300. If you are applying to Lakehead + 1 other school, application fee will be $400. There are seven Ontario law schools. You may request a fee waiver for the Bora Laskin portion of the application fee. The basic criterion for granting a fee waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the service.
  2. Transcript fee - there is also a $12 transcript fee as part of the application process for each transcript request. This fee is mandatory, even if you are a prior Lakehead University student.
  3. Official Post-Secondary Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (includes those studied for Letter of Permission or Exchanges)
  4. International Credential Assessment (World Education Services) for applicants with post-secondary credentials outside of Canada or the United States. A course-by-course evaluation is required. This is NOT required for students who studied abroad as part of an exchange program. Your foreign university transcript is still required, but it does not need WES evaluation.
  5. Language Proficiency Requirements (if applicable)
  6. Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement (part of the application process submitted online through OLSAS)
  7. LSAT Scores (if you have not yet written your LSAT, you must register to do so and include your LSAC code in your application.
  8. References
  9. Supporting evidence, where necessary

Important Deadline Dates:

Deadline to Apply

Applications for entry in September 2020 open mid-August and close November 1, 2019.

Deadline to Write LSAT

January 2020 - for entry in September 2020
(at the latest - applicants are encouraged to write the LSAT earlier)

Contact Information:

Please direct all OLSAS-related inquiries directly to OLSAS (i.e., submission of applications or the receipt of documents) at:

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)
Telephone: (519) 823-1063
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST

Information regarding the program and admission requirements should be directed to Lakehead University:

Ms. Anya Scheibmayr
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Admissions 
Telephone(807) 346-7862


Please see Law Admission Questions before contacting us.