The Faculty of Law reviews all applications carefully.

We make every effort to provide you with a response as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience. We ask that you consult your uoZone account frequently, as we communicate important information to applicants through this tool. This information includes status changes and checklist updates.  Using this tool will ensure that you have the most current information about your application. Policies prevent our office from discussing your status over the phone.

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section has many admissions bursaries that are offered exclusively to eligible prospective students. To be considered for these bursaries you must complete the Admission Bursary – English JD Program / Bourses d’admission – Programme J.D. Français application, which is available in the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool. For further information on dates and deadlines, be sure to visit our Financial Aid and Bursaries website.

As outlined in your offer of admission, in order to save your spot in the program, you are required to pay a $500 tuition deposit by June 1st, 2022. The $500 deposit is required regardless of whether you have Accepted Firmly or Accepted Provisionally. The deposit will go toward your fall tuition, and can be paid in any way you would normally pay a tuition fee. Please consult the University's Methods of Payment page for a full list. If you do not pay your tuition deposit by this deadline, you are at risk of losing your space in the program. Those who are admitted after June 1st must pay this deposit as soon as possible upon accepting their offer of admission.

The University has recently published information on what the coming year will look like, and how education is adapting in the wake of COVID-19. You can read about it on our Student information page. 

At the University of Ottawa, we believe that the health of our community comes first. This is why we have made it mandatory via our Covid Smart is CovidSafe policy for everyone in the uOttawa community – students, faculty and staff members – to be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 in order to be on campus.

Our mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy remains in effect. We anticipate that it will continue to be in force throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. If mandatory vaccination is no longer required, we will adjust accordingly.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please be aware that you may not be able to attend in-person classes or enjoy on-campus activities.

You will also need to certify your vaccination status using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool before starting your academic journey with us.

Please consult our Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination web page to stay up to date on this evolving situation.

We will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its highly dangerous variants. We firmly believe we must all share in the responsibility of keeping ourselves, other members of the uOttawa family, and the Ottawa community at large safe and healthy.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected]

*According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

(a) if they have received,

(i) the full series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine, or a combination of Health Canada-approved vaccines,

(ii) one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not licensed by Health Canada, followed by a dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine licensed by Health Canada, or

(iii) three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not licensed by Health Canada; and

(b) received the last dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to providing proof of full vaccination.

The Common Law Section is able to grant a limited number of one-year deferrals. To request a deferral, admitted students should email the Admissions Committee at [email protected] no later than July 15, 2022.  Unfortunately, we will be unable to consider requests placed after this date. Students seeking a deferral should clearly lay out the grounds for their request, providing supporting documentation if available.

If you receive late admission after July 15, 2022 and you need to seek a deferral, please be advised that deferrals are unlikely to be granted at this stage, as we need to finalize our first-year class. 

If you have received an offer of admission from us, and are unable to study full-time, you can apply to complete your studies on a half-time basis. You will be required to demonstrate special circumstances that could be accommodated by studying on a half-time basis.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 restrictions, we have been forced to suspend campus tours until further notice. Once the public health situation permits, we will resume offering tours to applicants who would like to visit the Faculty of Law and meet with a current student ambassador.

(Last updated November 24 2021)