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Have you ever thought of trying a case in front of a jury, writing contracts for an up-and-coming business, or helping someone who has been wronged find justice? A law degree will give you the skills to advocate for whichever cause you would like to promote.

Robson Hall students come from across North America and around the world, contributing to a rich student culture. Student groups at Robson Hall are diverse and offer opportunities to volunteer, network, and be active in many different communities, professional and recreational.

Tackle a variety of legal issues, including those relating to areas of Aboriginal law, business law and human rights through a legal education. Robson Hall has produced some of Canada's most influential thinkers and visionaries.

Our students compete in mock trials and negotiations, participate in legal clinics, shadow judges in their courtrooms and chambers, and develop global perspectives. Our graduates are well-versed in legal principles, concepts and in critical thinking.

Robson Hall has a wonderful team of faculty and staff who would love to answer any questions you may have.

To learn more about admissions, send us an email or click on the headings below.

Thinking of applying to Robson Hall, Faculty of Law for an undergraduate law degree? Here is what you need to know.


Eligibility Requirements for All Categories to First Year Law

  • Academic Requirements
    • Minimum of 20 one term or 10 two term, or combination thereof, university degree level courses (60 credit hours)

OR

    • If an applicant is 26 years of age by September 1 in the year admission is sought, a minimum of 10 one term or 5 two term, or combination thereof, university degree level courses (30 credit hours). If more than 30 credit hours are complete, the AGPA will be calculated using all completed courses.
  • LSAT – Law School Admissions Test

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a three-year degree program. There are three categories of admission to First Year Law. Please review the Applicant Information Bulletin for information on each category.

CANADIAN INDIGENOUS CATEGORY

Robson Hall, Faculty of Law believes that Indigenous people including those of Métis, First Nations, and Inuit heritage, should have individual acknowledgement in the admissions process. Our process is designed to facilitate access to legal education and the profession for Indigenous people in Canada.


  1. Personal Statement
    A personal statement of 1,500 words maximum. Your statement should clearly highlight your connection to and/or involvement in your Indigenous community.
  2. Résumé & Half-Time Questionnaire
    A résumé highlighting work, volunteer and education experiences; maximum length is two 8.5×11 pages. Half-Time studies applicants are asked to complete the half-time questionnaire.
  3. Recommendation Letters
    Three letters are required. Academic references are not required, but strongly encouraged. Letters should support your personal statement and overall application. A letter from Community Member(s) (e.g. Elder) is also strongly encouraged.

Application Assessment

Applications will be reviewed as a whole in the Canadian Indigenous Applicant category with no weight attached to one specific requirement. AGPA and LSAT score will be considered, however not to the exclusive extent as in the Regular category. Reasons for decisions are not recorded nor given.


INDEX SCORE (REGULAR) CATEGORY

The selection of applicants is based upon the applicant’s academic record (50%) and the applicant’s LSAT score (50%).

All applicants will have their Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) calculated based on their entire academic history.

Application Assessment

  • 50/50 weighting of AGPA and LSAT score
  • Highest LSAT score

INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION CATEGORY

The objectives of this category are:

  • To enrich the law school environment for all students by creating a greater diversity of perspective and experience in the student body than which might be obtained through exclusive adherence to relative AGPA/LSAT performance
  • To benefit the profession and the community by producing graduates who can make a significant or special contribution
  • To assist access for those applicants who have encountered barriers to education; including disabilities

In selecting those to whom an offer may be made, regard may be had to any/all factors considered relevant to the achievement of the foregoing objectives including such matters as: motivation, personal fortitude in leadership skills, occupational, cultural or educational background, community (union, religious, political, charitable) service, maturity, and integrity, etc..


Category Requirements

Please refer to the bulletin.

  1. Personal Statement
    Maximum word limit is 1500. While there are no specific guidelines on what to include in your personal statement, the objectives of the category should be kept in mind.
  2. Résumé & Half-Time Questionnaire
    A résumé highlighting work, volunteer and education experiences; maximum length is two 8.5×11 pages. Half-Time studies applicants are asked to complete the half-time questionnaire.
  3. Recommendation (reference) Letters
    Academic references are not required, but strongly encouraged.

Application Assessment

Applications will be reviewed as a whole in the Individual Consideration Category with no weight attached to any one requirement. Twenty-four (24) applicants will be selected for an interview. Applicants in this category should appreciate that not everyone can be interviewed and that, given the few places available, the competition is especially keen.

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Cost of Attendance (J.D.):

Cost of Attending Robson Hall Full-Time for the 2019-2020 Year

Domestic International
Tuition Fees 2019-20 $10,757 $26,318
Non-Instructional Fees
$1,700 $1,700
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,000

The basic full-time tuition and student fees (approximate): $13,457 (domestic) and $29,020 (international).

Total Living Expenses* $10,900 – $20,100
Rent/Utilities $5,800 – $10,500
Food $2,200 – $3,600
Personal Expenses $800 – $1,500
Clothing/Laundry $800 – $1,000
Rec/Entertainment $800 – $1,000
Transportation $500 – $1,500
Total Estimated Costs **
$22,868 – $33,068

* all costs are based on a single full-time student with no dependents for an 8 month period living away from home. 

** Please note that the cost incurred is highly dependent upon the student’s choices regarding living expenses.  Domestic tuition amounts were used in the calculation

Disclaimer: Fees are approved annually by The University of Manitoba Board of Governors. In the event of a discrepancy between the fee rates approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fee rates approved by the Board will prevail. Students will be notified of any corrections that result in a re-assessment of their student account.

Upper Years refers to applicants who want to transfer from another law school, or an applicant who has a law degree from a civil law school in Canada or from a foreign law school, or is/was entitled to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction.

The deadline to apply is June 30 for September admission.

Apply online, and view the 2020-21 Applicant Information Bulletin.

Please refer to the Admissions Timeline, by Category 2020-21 for information regarding decisions.

Upper Years Admission Categories include:

TRANSFER INTO SECOND YEAR

Who can apply?

Persons who have successfully completed First year in the common law program of another law school, within or outside of Canada, may apply to complete their studies at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law. 


Category Requirements:

  1. LSAT score by January in the calendar year in which admission is sought;
  2. A written statement (maximum length is two (2) 8.5×11 pages) indicating why you would like to continue your legal studies at Robson Hall Faculty of Law (include compassionate circumstances, if applicable);
  3. Official transcripts from pre-law and legal studies;
  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably academic. 

Application Assessment

The application is reviewed as a whole, with no weight attached to any one requirement. The Admissions Committee needs to be able to accommodate the student in completing First Year program requirements which have not been met during their study at the other law school, if necessary.


ADVANCED STANDING

Who can apply?

Persons applying for admission already have earned a J.D. degree or its equivalent from another law school, or are entitled to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction and are seeking the J.D. degree from the University of Manitoba. A maximum of up to two (2) years of credit may be granted.


Category Requirements:

  1. A LSAT score by January of the calendar year in which admissions is sought, and
  2. Official transcripts from legal studies as well as pre-law studies, and
  3. Official proof of English proficiency, if applicable.

Application Assessment

The application is reviewed as a whole, with no weight attached to any one requirement. The Admissions Committee must agree that the applicant would have been admitted to our First Year class in the Index Score category had the applicant applied for admissions to our Faculty in the applicant’s year of entry to the study of Law elsewhere.


LETTER OF PERMISSION (VISITING STUDENT)

Who can apply?

Persons applying for admission are registered at another law school and are seeking to earn credits at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, for a period of no more than 2 semesters, and applied towards their law degree at their home institution.


Category Requirements:

  1. An official letter from home law school confirming permission for the applicant to take up to two terms of credit, and
  2. Official transcripts from legal studies, and
  3. A written statement (maximum length is two (2) 8.5×11 pages) indicating why you wish to continue your legal studies at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law.

Application Assessment:

The Admissions Committee must be satisfied as to the quality of the academic performance at the home law school. Admissions decisions are partially made on the availability of courses requested by the student.


NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION (NCA)

Who can apply?

Persons applying for admission in this category are not seeking our J.D. degree, but wish to meet the educational requirements towards the practice of law in Canada. One would have a law degree from a civil law school in Canada or from a foreign law school, or is/was entitled to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction.


Category Requirements:

  1. A written statement indicating connection with/to the province of Manitoba;
  2. Recommendation Report from the National Committee on Accreditation;
  3. Official transcripts from legal studies (transcripts of pre-law studies are not required), and
  4. Proof of English Proficiency, if applicable.

Application Assessment:

The application is reviewed as a whole with no weight attached to any one requirement. It should be noted no specific number of seats are reserved for NCA applicants in any one year, and competition is especially keen.


Cost of Attendance:

Tuition for courses completed as an NCA student are calculated on a per credit hour basis, plus non-instructional fees (approximately $1,700 per academic year).  Tuition rates for 2019-20 are (approximately):   $350.76/credit hour (domestic rate) or $858.16/credit hour (international rate).


Credit hours can vary by course. A listing of all courses offered by the Faculty of Law can be found by clicking on ‘Course Catalog’ at this site: https://aurora.umanitoba.ca/

We are pleased to accept your application to our LL.M. program until December 15 in the year prior to admission. All applicants admitted to the program will be considered for fellowships; no separate application is required.  Click here to Apply Online!

Canadian / US / International Applicants

Term Start Date Deadline
Fall 2020 September 2020 December 15, 2019

Please note, applications are not reviewed until after the deadline.


Requirements

  1. Admission to the program requires at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last two previous years of full-time university study (60 credit hours), and possession of a common law or civil law degree (LL.B. or J.D. or equivalent).
  2. Proficiency in English can be demonstrated prior to admission by:
    i) Possessing a high school diploma or a university degree from Canada or one of the countries on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List.
    ii) Successfully completing an English Language Proficiency Test. (minimum scores are indicated in parentheses).

TOEFL – Achieve a minimum iBT (internet-based test) score of 100.

All applicants must be admitted by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Graduate Students.

*The term primary language is defined as that language which is most commonly used in homes, communities and daily commerce in your native country.


Application Process

Required From All Applicants:

1. Online Application through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.http://umanitoba.ca/graduate_studies/admissions

2.  A research proposal.

The proposal should include:

  • A brief description of your reasons for pursuing a Masters in Law and your overall preparedness for undertaking an intensive research and writing project; (1-2 paragraphs);
  • A brief description of why you have chosen University of Manitoba to pursue a Masters in Law; (1 paragraph)
  • A description of the area of legal study you are proposing to pursue (1-2 pages).
    This must include:
    • proposed thesis topic;
    • what your specific research question(s) will be;
    • your method for answering the research question(s);
    • current familiarity with the area of legal study you are proposing to study;
    • your understanding of how your research can make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding to that area of legal study;

3. A recent curriculum vitae or resume.

4. Three (3) recommendation letters.  Letters may be academic and/or professional.

Applicants are strongly advised to provide additional materials demonstrating research potential (i.e. copies of publications and other written works).

Given the competitive quality of the LL.M. program, satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Completion of our LL.M. does not entitle the degree-holder to practice law in Canada.


Cost of Attendance (LL.M.):

Year 1 Year 2
Canadian Students Program Fee: $4,961.64 ($2,480.82 per term) Continuing Fee: $799.08 ($399.54 per term)
International Students
Program Fee: $10,915.76 ($5,457.88 per term)
Continuing Fee: $799.08 ($399.54 per term)
Student Fees (approximately)
$1,300.00
$1,300.00

Approximate Living Expenses (12 months)

Rent/Utilities
$12,000 – $18,000
Food
$3,300 – $5,400
Personal Expenses
$1,200 – $2,250
Clothing/Laundry
$1,200 – $1,500
Rec/Entertainment
$1,200 – $1,500
Transportation
$500 – $1,000
TOTAL $19,400 – $29,650

We are pleased to accept your application to our LL.M. program until December 1  in the year prior to admission. All applicants admitted to the program will be considered for fellowships; no separate application is required.  Click here to Apply Online!

Canadian / US / International Applicants

Term Start Date Deadline
Fall 2020 September 2020 December 1, 2019

Please note, applications are not reviewed until after the deadline.

 

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum requirements, additional requirements for the MHR are:

  • Normally, a four-year bachelor’s degree with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last 60 credit hours of study, or equivalent, to be completed before admission. Applicants who expect to complete their undergraduate degree before September may be conditionally accepted into the program. Note that, due to the competitive nature of the admissions process, students with a higher GPA may have a greater chance of acceptance.
  • English language proficiency at the same level as the Faculty of Law requires from LLM applicants: a high school diploma or university degree from Canada or from an exempted country or TOEFL minimum iBT score of 100.
  • Normally, at least one undergraduate-level course in human rights or equivalent field experience is preferred.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Statement of interest (maximum two pages) that includes reasons for seeking admission, an outline of the applicant’s relevant background, a tentative indication of whether the student is likely to pursue a practicum or thesis, and a potential research question for those selecting the thesis option.

MHR students whose original language is English will be required to demonstrate working knowledge of a second language by the time of graduation. Note that American Sign Language will be among the languages recognized by the program. To satisfy the language requirement, students must either:

  • pass a language competency test approved by the MHR program; or
  • pass a program-approved language course. This course will be taken in addition to the 18 required course credits. Students who hope to work internationally should consider selecting one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or another world language such as German.
  • The program Director may waive this requirement in appropriate circumstances, including where a student provides other evidence of competence in a second language, such as a high school graduation certificate or transcript in that language, confirmation of work experience in the second language or a transcript of advanced education in the second language.

Cost of Attendance (M.H.R.):

Year 1 Year 2
Canadian Students Program Fee: $6,000 ($3,000 per term) Continuing Fee: $800 ($400 per term)
International Students
Program Fee: $13,200 ($6,600 per term)
Continuing Fee: $800 ($400 per term)
Student Fees (approximately)
$1,300
$1,300
Practicum Fee (if applicable) $500
$500

Approximate Living Expenses (12 months)

Rent/Utilities
$12,000 – $18,000
Food
$3,300 – $5,400
Personal Expenses
$1,200 – $2,250
Clothing/Laundry
$1,200 – $1,500
Rec/Entertainment
$1,200 – $1,500
Transportation
$500 – $1,000
TOTAL $19,400 – $29,650

Disclaimer: Fees are approved annually by The University of Manitoba Board of Governors. In the event of a discrepancy between the fee rates approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fee rates approved by the Board will prevail. Students will be notified of any corrections that result in a re-assessment of their student account.

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