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Frequently Asked Questions

The Lincoln Alexander School of Law program has received approval from three different accreditation bodies — the Quality Assurance Council, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), and the Law Society of Ontario, which passed a resolution to license Toronto Metropolitan University graduates. Full accreditation approval was provided by the FLSC's Canadian Common Law Program Approval Committee in June 2023.

Internally, the program was reviewed and approved by the Toronto Metropolitan University Senate, which approved both the Juris Doctor program and the creation of a Faculty of Law, and the Toronto Metropolitan University Board of Governors, which also approved the establishment of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law.

Mature students can apply through our Access Category if they are at least 26 years of age by September 1st of the year of admission, and have a minimum of 5 years of uninterrupted non-academic experience after any full-time study in a significant employment capacity and/or some combination of volunteer work, significant life skills and experiences (as of September 1 of the admission year).

Our program is currently structured as a full-time program, over three years, and part-time participation is not available.

At this time, we will only be offering a JD program.

An excellent command of spoken and written English is essential for success in law school. If an applicant’s first language is not English and their post secondary education is/was in a language other than English, proof of English-language proficiency may be required. 

No. Applying in the Access category does not put candidates at an advantage or a disadvantage when it comes to probability of admission. While the application requirements and process are the same for applicants across all categories (General, Access and Indigenous), applying under the Access or Indigenous categories may allow for more opportunity to provide context on your unique lived experiences.

You are eligible to apply if both of the following conditions are met:

  1. You have not attended university or have completed fewer than 3 years of university (as of June 1 of the admission year), and
  2. You have a minimum of 5 years of non-academic experience after secondary school (as of September 1 of the admission year).

Non-academic experience would typically include at least five years of full-time work experience, as well as some combination of volunteer work, significant life skills and life experiences.  Non-university academic studies will also be taken into consideration, and academic transcripts for all post-secondary studies are required.


The admissions GPA is calculated using your best 20 single-semester (or equivalent) graded undergraduate degree courses at the time of application. This calculation considers all eligible undergraduate degree courses regardless of term completed, course load, or level of study.  Courses completed in additional undergraduate degree studies (e.g. additional degree program, individual courses, special/visiting student) will also be considered.  

Graduate studies, diploma, certificate, non-credit and vocational courses will not be used in the GPA calculation. Diploma-to-degree completion programs will be considered if the university transcripts include final grades for the minimum number of courses used in the GPA calculation.


At this time, we are unable to accept transfer students, NCA candidates or applications for upper-year admission as they would not fulfill the IPC components required to graduate. Applicants who apply and are accepted to the program would be required to start from the first year and complete the full three-year program.

The admissions process at Lincoln Alexander school of Law is very holistic and takes into account multiple data points. In addition to the LSAT and GPA, we look closely at personal statements that reflect unique lived experiences and alignment with the law school’s pillars, references, non-academic achievements and an online video interview (recorded by the applicant). We do not have GPA or LSAT minimums and look to see balanced and well-rounded applications across all of these data points. 

All law school applications for Lincoln Alexander School of Law are due on November 1st each year and must be submitted via OLSAS. Applicants must write the LSAT no later than January of their matriculation year. To ensure equity and fairness to all applicants, no exceptions will be made for late LSAT score submissions. We strongly recommend that applicants sit for the LSAT by November of their application year.

We offer a variety of scholarship and award opportunities to our incoming students. A list of existing scholarships and awards is available on our website. Please note that financial need is a requirement for the majority of our scholarships.

An application for admission must be submitted prior to an applicant submitting a scholarship application via our AwardSpring platform. Scholarship applications are due in March and awarding decisions are made once the majority of our offers of admission have been released, typically in April. Only students who have received an offer of admission will be considered for scholarships.

Academic accommodations are offered to all law students with permanent disabilities, after they register with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS). After successfully registering with AAS, students will work closely with our dedicated Manager of Health & Wellness and Academic Success and individual instructors to ensure accommodations are provided within and beyond the classroom. In addition to accommodations provided through AAS, students are encouraged to consult with our Manager of Health & Wellness and Academic Success to understand the range of formal and informal supports available to them for temporary or unforeseen life circumstances. This may involve submitting Academic Consideration Requests, or enrolling in the Extended Time Program (ETP) for reasons relating to health or family obligations.