It is your responsibility to ensure that your application materials and supporting documents are complete. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.
The application is due to OLSAS by November 1, 2021. Indicate in your OLSAS application if you are writing the LSAT after the deadline date.
Provide the following documentation in support of your application to first-year studies:
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including those attended as a visiting student on exchange or on a study abroad program
- Official LSAT score(s)
- Personal Statement
- Confidential letters of reference
- Supplementary documentation to support the basis of your claim in the Indigenous Peoples, Black Student Applicant and Access categories, as necessary
You must order and send official transcripts through OLSAS for all postsecondary institutions attended, including transcripts from studies as a visiting or exchange student.
Foreign and Private Universities
If you are completing undergraduate studies outside of North America, you must have your foreign transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES). WES assessments are not needed for course work completed on exchange or Letter of Permission if transfer credits for such courses are recorded on your home university transcript.
If you have undertaken graduate studies outside Canada and the United States, you are not required to have your foreign transcript assessed by WES, although such assessment may be requested. Candidates from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) are not required to have their foreign transcripts assessed by WES.
- Allows you to highlight your academic, personal, professional and extracurricular accomplishments
- Allows you to highlight your interest in studying law at Queen’s
- Can be used to complement material included in your Autobiographical Sketch
- Must be authored entirely by you
- Must not exceed 6,000 characters in length, including spaces
The Admissions Committee finds the Personal Statement to be helpful, along with letters of reference, the Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers, to identify scholarship prospects among applicants who are competitive on the basis of grades and LSAT scores.
If you apply to the Access category, you will be required to submit a secondary mandatory statement (1,500-character limit). The statement will appear in your OLSAS application after you choose the Access category of admission. Use this statement to address the basis of your sub-category claim and upload corroboration of these circumstances through relevant supporting documentation.
Part-time studies applicants: Outline in the Personal Statement your reasons for wanting to study part-time.
Letters of Reference
Provide 1 academic reference. No more than 3 letters of reference may be filed to support an application. All letters of reference are confidential and must be submitted by the referee directly to OLSAS.
Indigenous Peoples Category
Provide at least 1 academic reference and 1 letter of support from your Indigenous community (First Nation Band Council, First Nation Community Organization, Not-for-Profit Indigenous Organization, Metis Council, Friendship Centre, Native Women’s local etc.).
If applicable, submit a copy of your Certificate of Indian Status to corroborate your identification as a Status member of a First Nation community.
Once your application has been submitted, you can upload supporting documentation using Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM). Log in to your submitted application to access SAM, and follow the instructions provided.
Language Proficiency and TOEFL
An excellent command of spoken and written English is essential for success in law school. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if you are not fluent in English. Test results from the iBT TOEFL are preferred. Other tests of English-language fluency may be considered according to the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies and Research standards.