Apply for admission by November 1, 2019
The following documentation is required to support your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted by the published deadlines.
This includes transcripts from studies as a visiting or exchange student. All of these transcripts must be sent through OLSAS. If undergraduate or graduate studies have been completed outside Canada and the United States, World Education Services must assess the transcript(s). All documentation must then be submitted through OLSAS for consideration.
Ryerson Law will use the best 2 years of undergraduate degree studies (full-time equivalent) to calculate the GPA used for admission consideration. e.g. 20 one-semester courses or 10 full-year courses.
All applicants are required to take the LSAT. Ryerson considers the highest result, as reported by the Law School Admission Council in the application. Ryerson Law does not set a minimum LSAT score in order to evaluate applications. LSAT scores for the past 5 years (i.e., back to, and including, June 2015) may be used.
To apply to enter the program in 2020, it is strongly recommended that the LSAT is written by November 2019. The LSAT must be written in January 2020 at the latest. Both the multiple choice test and writing sample must be completed for a score to be received.
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 entire application. The statement must be authored entirely by the applicant and it must not exceed the maximum character length, including spaces. The statement is in 2 parts.
Part A (maximum 2,500 characters) serves as an opportunity to highlight what you see as your strengths, challenges and relevant experiences, and to give the Admissions Committee a sense of why you believe you would provide a positive contribution to Ryerson Law. Your answer to this part should touch on at least two of the following themes:
- Ryerson’s JD program is built on a set of pillars that emphasize social innovation and its benefits. Social innovation requires that change happens at various levels, from individuals to institutions. It means being curious about the world and “doing things differently” to advance social goals, while being open to risk and having the capacity to respond to failure. Community engagement is often part of this process, and includes working individually or collaboratively to address these issues in a creative manner.
- Resilience is an important life skill. Some people face more significant barriers than others in life and in entering the legal profession and demonstrate resilience in overcoming them.
- Ryerson’s JD program includes elements such as bootcamps on technology and innovation as well as coding, and many of the mandatory courses have a technological component. You should feel free to discuss your comfort level with technology.
Part B (maximum 2,500 characters) asks that you analyze a hypothetical scenario with ethical implications and provide an answer of how you would act in these circumstances.
Note: If you are applying in the Indigenous category, you need to complete the supplementary essay (maximum 1,000 characters). Utilize this essay to discuss your ties to your Indigenous community.
All applicants must provide at least 2 letters of reference. It is strongly recommended but not required that one of these letters be from an academic. Referees should have extensive personal knowledge of the applicant in order to make statements about their character, personal qualities, academic competencies, employment performance, volunteer contributions and other areas that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee.
Applicants need to 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 applying in the Indigenous category, applicants must provide proof of Indigenous ancestry or have one of the reference letters corroborate the applicant’s interest in, and identification with, their Indigenous community.
An up-to-date resumé or curriculum vitae must be uploaded through the OLSAS Secure Applicant Messaging tool (SAM).
Applicants are required to sign up to do the online interview. Soon after submitting the OLSAS application, an email will be sent that grants access to the online video interviewing portal and provides further information. Before beginning the interview, applicants can watch a brief video that introduces Ryerson Law and explains how the online interview process works. Completion of the online interview is mandatory for consideration for admission by Ryerson.
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.