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.
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 2022, it is strongly recommended that the LSAT is written by November 2021. The LSAT must be written in January 2022 at the latest, including LSAT Writing. LSAT scores for the past 5 years may be used.
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 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 statement (School Submission) is a critical part of the application. It will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in conjunction with the responses to the mandatory online interview and the other application components.
In your statement you may wish to elaborate on any barriers that you have faced, including but not limited to cultural, socio-economic, medical or physical barriers, learning disabilities, or extenuating circumstances, and their impact on your life. Additional/corroborating documentation is not required, and we request that you do not submit confidential medical, psychoeducational, legal or other related documents with your application.
Note: If you are applying in the Indigenous category, you need to include in this section 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 at this point in your life, and more specifically, why you want to attend the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Please refer to our vision, values, curriculum and programming in your response. You should touch on at least two of our foundational pillars - increasing access to justice, stimulating technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.
Part B (2,500 characters)
Tell us what you feel your strengths, challenges and relevant experience (e.g. lived experience, work experience and volunteer experience) can contribute to the program and student life at Ryerson Law.
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;
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.