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Juris Doctor (J.D.) Law Degree

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Applications are submitted externally through the UVic website.

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Co-Op

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with UVic about the learning method.

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    City of Victoria
  • Length
    Three Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $11,000 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2000 per year
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Summer 2020
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Fall 2020

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UVic's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Online applications open on September 1. Applications must be submitted by the following dates for September entry:

  • Online application to UVic: January 15 (4 p.m. PST)
  • All required documents: March 1 
  • Proof of English language proficiency: typically one month after the application deadline. Your language-proficiency deadline will be indicated in your online application checklist after you submit your online application to UVic. 
Early application is recommended. Details can be found on the program website

Application Fee: $98.75 (For Winter if all transcripts come from institutions within Canada); or $38.75 (For Summer if all transcripts come from institutions within Canada)

1) Program Admission Requirements


To be considered for entry into first year regular applicants must:

  • present proof of having received, with standing satisfactory to the Faculty of Law, a degree from the University of Victoria or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university; or
  • present proof of having completed, with standing satisfactory to the Faculty of Law, at least the first three years (45 units) of a program leading to a degree at the University of Victoria, or the equivalent at a recognized institution; and
  • allow UVic admissions staff to access your Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score obtained in the last five years; and
  • satisfy such other requirements as may be prescribed from time to time.

Admission Advice

1. A relatively small first-year class to the Juris Doctor (JD) program is admitted each Fall to ensure that the student body reflects the diversity found in Canadian society. The number of applications received exceeds the number of spaces available for each program. 

2. Admission decisions are mainly based on your pre-law academic record (weighted 50%) and LSAT score (weighted 50%). Your personal statement may also be taken into account during the application assessment process

3. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score should be written no later than the January test date.

4. If your first language is not English and you have not completed a minimum of three full academic years of post-secondary study that was taught and assessed in English, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results. Minimum TOEFL score requirements:

  • Internet Based Test - 100 with no less than 25 on each of the individual components
  • Computer Based Test - 250 out of a possible 300
  • Paper Based Test - 600 out of a possible 677
Applicants who do not meet these TOEFL minimums will not normally be admitted to the Faculty of Law.

5. Students may inquire about and apply for admission under the Indigenous category

6. It is also possible to apply to the program as a "Special Access" applicant. To qualify under the discretionary category, your academic achievements must have been significantly delayed, interrupted or adversely affected by: physical, cultural or economic factors; or family or similar responsibilities and the need to attend to these responsibilities or to maintain employment. 

7. Upper-year admissions to the Law Degree may be available for students from other law schools or with foreign law degrees. The number of students admitted to upper-year seats is determined by the number of available places in upper-level courses. 

8. You are encouraged to review answers to "Frequently Asked Questions about Admission to UVic Law".


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UVic's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Four years of full-time academic studies or completion of a degree program at a recognized institution in which the primary language of instruction is English (click here for a list of countries) 
  • 86% the BC Provincial English 12 Examination within the last three years prior to admission 
  • 86% on Grade 12 English or its equivalent in Canada within the last three years prior to admission
  • A score of 4 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English Language and Composition
  • A score of 4 on IB Higher Level English
  • 1.5 units of transferable university-level English courses
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) = score of 70 overall, with no section less than 60
  • IELTS = score of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.0
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) = Level 6
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of 90
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 90 with no section less than 20
  • TOEFL paper-based = 575 
  • completion of UVic's University Admission Preparation (UAP) program, with a score of 80% or higher
  • completion of UVic;s University Admission Preparation: Advanced English and Canadian Studies program, with at least 80% in English and at least 60% in Canadian Studies
  • completion of UVic's University Pathways Program for International Students (a specialized first-year university program that combines academic Enlish and UVic credit courses)

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

For students directly entering an undergraduate program after high school, admission is based on four academic courses.

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Information on admission requirements for high school students are available at the Canadian High School Applicants page.


Information on admission requirements for high school students are available at the Canadian High School Applicants page.

BC Transfer Student

Information on admission requirements for BC post-secondary transfer students can be found here. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Information on admission requirements for transfer students can be found on this page by selecting 'transferring from another college or university' and select the type of institution you are transferring from. 

Mature Student

Mature Student admission at UVic is categorized as Special Access Category

The number of applicants admitted under this category is limited by the availability of University resources. Admission under the Special Category is not automatic. An applicant for admission under the Special Category must meet the following criteria:
  • be at least 23 years of age by the begining of the session applied for; and
  • the applicant's academic achievements have been significantly and adversely affected by health, disability or family or similar responsibilities. 
Candidates for admission in the Special admission category are selected on the basis of:
  • applicant's educational history
  • non-educational achievemnts that indicate an ability to succeed at university.  
For detailed info, verify directly with the school. 

International Student

Information for international student applicants can be found here


Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Students who may not qualify under the regular categories of admission can learn more about UVIC's Other Applicant Categories.


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