Canadian Law School Programs

Individuals applying for admission to a Canadian law society must hold a law degree earned at a Canadian law school or a Certificate of Qualification issued by the Federation’s National Committee on Accreditation.

Effective 2015, for their graduates to be admitted to law society admission programs, Canadian common law programs must meet the National Requirement that specifies the competencies and skills graduates must have attained and the academic program and learning resources law schools must have in place. Programs are reviewed annually by the Canadian Common Law Program Approval Committee (the “Approval Committee”). Application of the National Requirement to joint and dual degree programs has been deferred until 2017. In the interim graduates of such programs continue to be eligible for admission to law society admission programs.

Law schools have the option of following a Program Approval Model (under which the school requires all graduates to meet the National Requirement) or an Individual Student Approval Model (under which graduates will be individually assessed to determine whether they meet the National Requirement).

The Approval Committee has determined that the following programs meet the National Requirement. The Program Approval Model was followed by almost all schools. Programs approved under the Individual Student Approval Model are indicated with the annotation “ISAM”. Except where otherwise indicated students graduating in 2015 or earlier are eligible for entry into the admission programs in any of the common law jurisdictions:

University of Alberta Faculty of Law J.D. Program
University of British Columbia Faculty of Law J.D. Program
University of Calgary Faculty of Law J.D. Program
Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law J.D. Program
Lakehead University Faculty of Law J.D. Program (Approved for graduating classes of 2016)
University of Manitoba Robson Hall Faculty of Law J.D. Program
McGill University Faculty of Law Integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/ Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) including Minor, Major and Honours
Université de Moncton Faculté de droit J.D. Program (French)
Université de Montréal Faculté de droit J.D. Program (English or French) (Approved for graduating class of 2013 & later)
University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law J.D. Program
University of Ottawa Common Law J.D. Program (English or French)
Queen`s University Faculty of Law J.D. Program
University of Saskatchewan College of Law J.D. Program
Université de Sherbrooke Faculté de droit Diplôme de deuxième cycle de common law et droit transnational (J.D.) (Approved for graduating classes of 2012-2015 through ISAM.  Approval for graduating class of 2016 through Program Approval Model.)
Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law J.D. Program (Approved for graduating class of 2014 & later)
University of Toronto Faculty of Law J.D. Program
University of Victoria Faculty of Law J.D. Program
Western University Western Law J.D. Program
University of Windsor Windsor Law J.D. Program
York University Osgoode Hall Law School J.D. Program

New Law School Programs

New law school programs are also subject to approval by the Approval Committee. Prospective programs that will, if implemented as proposed, meet the National Requirement are granted preliminary approval and are eligible to apply for full approval once they produce their first graduates. The following program has received preliminary approval from the Approval Committee:

Trinity Western University School of Law J.D. Program (expected date of first graduating class: unknown)

Additional information about the proposals received for new common law programs is here.

Please note: The Federation does not recommend or endorse any specific law school program. The Approval Committee approves common law programs based on compliance with the National Requirement.