Aboriginal Applicants

Lakehead University is committed to increasing Aboriginal peoples' access to legal education. Applications from Aboriginal peoples are welcomed and encouraged.

To apply under the Aboriginal category, applicants must be of indigenous ancestry: First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. Applicants in this category are required to submit evidence of Indigenous ancestry such as a copy of a status card or a letter of support from an Aboriginal organization such as a band council or a Métis community council.

Applicants are requested to outline in their personal statement their relationship to their community, including how they have contributed to, are connected to, and identify with, their community.

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of university. Applicants must also take the LSAT exam.

Applications are reviewed holistically (as are all applications to the JD program) - all aspects of a file, including the personal statement, grades from university program, work and volunteer experience, LSAT score and reference letters (including one academic reference) are taken into consideration when making admission decisions.

For an interesting perspective about why law from an Aboriginal lawyer practicing in Thunder Bay, see this article by Derek Fox called "Is Law School for You?", published on June 26, 2014 in Wawatay News. Thanks to Derek for his permission to us his article - to see more of his writing, check out his blog.