Admissions » Admission to First Year J.D. Program

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

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Eligibility Requirements for All Categories to First Year Law

Admissions policies are under review by the faculty and university and updated information will be posted when the process is finalized.


The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a three-year degree program. There are three categories of admission to First Year Law.

CANADIAN INDIGENOUS CATEGORY

The University of Manitoba 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 Nations and Inuit) in a more holistic fashion.

Category Requirements:

· Minimum of 60 credit hours (or 30 if 26+ years) of university degree level study

• LSAT score

• Personal Statement

• Résumé

• Three (3) Recommendation Letters


INDEX SCORE (REGULAR) CATEGORY

The Index Score category is the ‘regular’ or ‘main’ category of admission; approximately 80% of students are admitted to first year through this category. Admissions decisions are made solely on the basis of Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) and LSAT score.

Category Requirements:

• Minimum of 60 credit hours of university degree level study

• LSAT score


INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION CATEGORY

This category is primarily for Mature Students (the Faculty of Law defines a Mature Student as someone over the age of 26 by September 1 the year admission is sought). This category is also for applicants who have faced barriers to education, not withstanding the age requirement.

Category Requirements:

• Minimum of 60 credit hours (or 30 if 26+ years) of university degree level study

• LSAT score

• Personal Statement

• Résumé

• Three Recommendation letters

• Supporting (Medical) Documentation (if applicable)

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Cost of Attendance (JD Program):

 2023-2024 Year*:

Domestic International
Tuition Fees $11,411.42 $27,918.48
Non-Instructional Fees (approximately)
$2,000 $2,000
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,000

The basic full-time tuition and student fees (approximate): $14,411.42 (domestic) and $30,918.48 (international).

Please visit: www.umanitoba.ca/registrar for further information.

*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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