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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
  • Location
    Victoria BC
  • Campuses


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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

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

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 (4 p.m. PST). All required documents must be submitted by March 1. Early application is recommended.  Online applications open on September 1.

Application Fee: $95.75

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. Admission decisions are mainly based on your pre-law academic record and LSAT score.

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

3. 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 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.

4. Information about qualification for admission under the Indigenous category can be found here.

5. It is also possible to apply to the program as a "Special Access" applicant. To qualify under this 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. For more details, click here.

6. 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. Click here for more information. 

7. For answers to "Frequently Asked Questions about Admission to UVic Law" click here.


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):

  • 86% on the BC English 12 provincial exam within the last three years
  • 86% in English 12 in another Canadian province within the last three years
  • Level 6 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI)
  • 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 credits
  • A degree from an accredited English speaking university

If you do not meet one of these requirements, you must write the Language Proficiency Index to determine placement in an appropriate English course

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)

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Canadian High School student


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Canadian High School student

BC Transfer Student

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Mature Student

Mature Student admission is dealt with in the Special Access Category


International Student

View admission details for International Students.


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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