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Application Requirements

All applications, documents and LSAT scores must be submitted through the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS),, external link administered by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

The Lincoln Alexander School of Law is committed to ensuring that our student body represents a broad range of social, economic, ethnic and cultural perspectives and reflects our unique Canadian society. We know that a more diversified legal workforce will better serve the diverse needs of our population.
 
The Admissions Committee completes a holistic review of each application through a diversity lens, without setting minimum GPA or LSAT requirements. The Committee takes into account the following when evaluating an applicant's potential:

  • All Post-Secondary Studies
  • Applicant's best LSAT score
  • Personal Statement (School Submission)
  • Reference Letters
  • Resumé and the OLSAS Autobiographical Sketch
  • Online Interview (completed through a separate link that will be sent once the OLSAS application is received by the law school.

Any information provided is considered in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The following documentation is required to support your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted by the published deadlines. Incomplete applications are not considered.

All applicants are required to provide, in the Academic Background section of their OLSAS application, a full list of all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.

Transcripts for all post-secondary studies, including transcripts from studies as a visiting or exchange student, must be submitted through OLSAS. Secondary school transcripts are not required.

If undergraduate post-secondary studies (other than exchanges) have been completed outside Canada and the United States, World Education Services (WES) must assess the transcript(s). All documentation must then be submitted through OLSAS for consideration.

WES assessments are not required for graduate studies, studies completed as a visiting student, or on a study abroad/exchange program.

All applicants are required to take the LSAT. Ryerson considers the highest result, as reported by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in the application. The Lincoln Alexander School of Law does not set a minimum LSAT score in order to evaluate applications.   

Your LSAC account number and the dates of any planned future tests must be submitted in your OLSAS application.  It is in your best interest to ensure this information is submitted by the November 1 application deadline.

To apply to enter the program in Fall 2023, it is strongly recommended that the LSAT is written by November 2022. The LSAT must be written in January 2023 at the latest, including LSAT Writing. LSAT scores for the past 5 years may be used (i.e., back to, and including, June 2018).

LSAT Writing

The LSAT consists of two portions: a Multiple Choice portion (scored) and an LSAT Writing (formerly called the Writing Sample) (unscored). Both portions must be completed and processed by the LSAC for your score to be released to OLSAS.

If you are a prior test-taker, and you will be re-writing the LSAT,  you do not need to complete the LSAT Writing again in order for your new Multiple Choice scores to be released to OLSAS.

LSAT Preparation

LSAT Prep materials are available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website, external link including free online prep offered through Khan Academy, external link.

The personal statements (School Submission) are a critical part of the application. They will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in conjunction with the responses to the mandatory online interview and the other application components.  

Additional/corroborating documentation can be included where applicable. Upload any documentation supporting your Access application through Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in your application.

Part B of the statement aims to offer a chance for you to reflect on how you intend to contribute to the Law School and the practice of Law as a whole. This can include your distinct experience and point of view. It also allows you to discuss one or more of the following, if they apply: equity factors, work/life experience, and diversity factors. If you are applying under the Access Category you may speak to the basis of your sub-category application in this essay. If you are applying under the Indigenous Category we ask that you speak to your relationship and connection to your community in this essay.You may want to address (but are not limited to) one of the following suggested topics. Tell us what you feel your relevant experience (e.g., lived experience, work experience and/or volunteer experience) can contribute to the program and student life at Lincoln Alexander Law.

  1. Please share how you have been impacted by the law and/or access to justice. How will you work towards providing access to justice on your law journey?
  2. Reflect on your identity and its intersections (including but not limited to: race, gender, socio-economic status, disabilities, immigration status, religion, sexual orientation etc.), demonstrating how they have shaped how you will contribute to the law.
  3. Tell us about the challenges you have faced and how they shaped you to be able to contribute to the program and student life at Lincoln Alexander Law.
  4. For candidates who did not pursue post-secondary education or have been out of an academic environment for years, how do you feel your background has prepared you for success in law school, and how has it prepared you to contribute to the Law School?

Note: If you are applying in the Indigenous category, you need to include an outline of your relationship and connection to your community, which could include the impact of colonization on your family, or your connection to Indigenous culture.

The statement must be authored entirely by you and it must not exceed the maximum character length, including spaces.  The statement is in 2 parts:

Part A (5,000 characters)

Tell us why you want to attend law school, and more specifically, why you want to attend the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University. How does attending Lincoln Alexander Law tie into your long-term goals? Please refer to our vision, values, curriculum and/or programming in your response. You must make a meaningful connection to at least two of our foundational pillars - increasing access to justice, stimulating technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and innovative pedagogy in your response.

Part B (2,500 characters)

Please tell us how you plan to contribute to the Law School, and to the practice of Law as a whole. You can discuss any of the following considerations that are relevant to your application: Lived experience and Work/Volunteer experience that you will bring, Equity and Diversity considerations. If you are applying under the Access Category you may speak to the basis of your sub-category application in this essay. If you are applying under the Indigenous Category we ask that you speak to your relationship and connection to your community in this essay.

All applicants must provide 2 letters of reference. It is strongly recommended but not required that one of these letters be from an academic referee.

Referees should have extensive personal knowledge of you in order to make statements about your character, personal qualities, academic competencies, employment performance, volunteer contributions and other areas that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee. 

You must arrange for the referees to use the OLSAS Confidential Assessment forms that are provided with the application. All letters of reference are confidential and must be submitted by the referee directly to OLSAS. 

If you are applying in the Indigenous category, you can have one of the reference letters corroborate your interest in, and identification with, your Indigenous community.

You must submit as part of your OLSAS School Submission an up-to-date resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).  

You should include the following, with applicable start and end dates where relevant:

  • Work experience;
  • Extra curricular activities, including volunteering;
  • Academic background, and credentials achieved;
  • Awards;
  • Professional development (training/courses/certificates);
  • Research, publications and major speaking events/conferences.

While similar to a resumé or CV, the Autobiographical Sketch on the OLSAS application is a separate, distinct component, and must be completed.  Please include a brief overview of all activities, generally from the end of secondary school onward.  The standard categories include employment, volunteer activities, extracurricular activities, awards and accomplishments, and research. You may also include other activities you feel are relevant to your application.

Shortly after receiving your OLSAS application, the Lincoln Alexander School of Law will send an email to the email address on your application granting access to the online video interviewing portal and providing further information. Before beginning the interview, you can watch a brief video that introduces our law school and explains how the online interview process works.

The invitation email will include your deadline for completion of the interview (generally two weeks from the invitation date). Completion of the online interview is mandatory for consideration for admission by Ryerson.  

To ensure that you receive the email invitation, please add no-reply@kiratalent.com to your email contact list, and regularly check your spam/junk folder.

An excellent command of spoken and written English is essential for success in law school. If your first language is not English and your post secondary education is/was in a language other than English, proof of English-language proficiency may be required. Applicants will be contacted directly if additional documentation is required.