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Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

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  • Location
    Point Grey Campus - Vancouver BC
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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Three Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $13,289 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1688 per year
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by December 1.

Application Fee: $85

I. Regular Admission Requirements - Applicants must have completed one of the following:

1A) An undergraduate degree in an approved course of studies from an approved university; or

1B) The first three years (at least 90 credits) of an approved course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree at UBC or equivalent approved university; or

1C) The first two years of an approved course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree at UBC, or equivalent at a college or other university, and be currently enrolled in the third year of the degree program. An offer of admission will be conditional on:

  • successful completion of the third year by June 30th with at least 90 credits at UBC (including at least 30 at the senior level) or other degree granting university; and
  • maintenance of the academic average obtained in the first two years of studies.
Important Note: Competition for program admission is very high; as a result a high academic average will be needed for applicants to have a reasonable chance of being accepted.

II. Special Admission Categories

A) Discretionary Category - Some positions in first-year Law are available for discretionary applicants. This category enables the Admissions Committee to respond to special circumstances such as disability or special needs, financial disadvantage, membership in a historically disadvantaged group or any other factors.

Normally, applicants seeking admission in this category must have completed at least two years of undergraduate or equivalent studies.

Applicants in the discretionary category must provide a detailed biographical resume, outlining the factors and achievements -- such as involvement in community or charitable organizations -- they would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating their application, with documentation where possible (eg - medical reports).

B) Indigenous Applicants - Applicants who self-identify as Canadian Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) may apply in the regular category or in the Indigenous category. Indigenous applicants should contact the Associate Director of Indigenous Legal Studies as early as possible to discuss their application.

III. Admission Procedures

1. You must submit an application form by December 1 ( please confirm date). The form is available online.

2. Besides the completed application form you must submit:

  • a personal statement
  • transcripts
  • a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score
  • the application fee
  • two reference letters
  • other documentation (if necessary)

3. If you have any questions related to admissions or any other part of the program, please e-mail:

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Three consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • Four consecutive years of full time education in English in a country other than English where English is the primary language immediately prior to attending UBC
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate English A (higher or standard level)
  • A CAE score of a B
  • A CAEL score of 70 with a speaking subtest score of 60
  • A CPE score of a C
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
  • A MELAB score of 85 with 3 in the speaking test
  • A PTE score of 65 with a 60 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90 with a:
    • 22 in reading
    • 22 in listening
    • 21 in writing
    • 21 in speaking
  • A paper based TOEFL score of 55 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a 4.0 TWE score
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English speaking country
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language
  • Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction in a country where the primary language is not English
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.
  •  If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver of the English language requirement
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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed three years of full-time education in English in Canada, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Competency webpage

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Admissions details for BC & Yukon high school students can be found on the BC High School Requirements page and the Yukon High School Requirements page.



Admission details for all high school students in Canada can be found on the Canadian High School web-page

BC Transfer Student

Canadian post-secondary students wishing to transfer to UBC should read the eligibility criteria for transfer students and visit the  Post-secondary studies web page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer for college students outside of BC check here.

For details on transfer for university students outside of BC check here.

Mature Student

Visit the Mature students web page  for admissions information.

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.

Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.


How to Apply

To apply to UBC please visit the My Application web page 

Also visit University of British Columbia's web site.

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