Admissions » Admission to First Year J.D. Program

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 is concerned about systemic racism within the legal system and in particular the disproportionate impacts on Indigenous peoples. As part of promoting diverse and inclusive legal education, the Canadian Indigenous Category considers applications of Indigenous peoples in Canada (Metis, First Nation and Inuit) in a more holistic fashion.


  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 encouraged.

Application Assessment

Applications will be reviewed holistically 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 (JD Program):

 2020-2021 Year*:

Domestic International
Tuition Fees $10,999 $26,910
Non-Instructional Fees (approximately)
$2,000 $2,000
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,000

The basic full-time tuition and student fees (approximate): $13,999 (domestic) and $29,910 (international).

*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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