Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: October 6, 2015

Application Requirements:

What are the minimum academic requirements to apply?
When does my coursework need to be completed by?  *New*
Do I need to write the TOEFL exam?
Are international students eligible to apply?

LSAT:

Is my best LSAT score used or an average?
What is the last test date you will accept? *New*
Where do I register for the LSAT?
How long is my LSAT score valid for?

Submitting Application & Documents:

What is the application deadline?
What is the application fee?
What are the categories of admission?
Can I apply online?
Can I apply by paper application?
What address do I send my transcript(s) to? How many copies? What is the deadline?
I am applying under the Individual Consideration or Aboriginal category, where do I send my personal statement, résumé, and 3 reference letters?
How do I update my mailing address, phone number and/or email address?

Law Application Review:

How many students apply? How many students are accepted?
Do you review all of my grades? Do you drop any credits?
What is the status of my application?
What is an Early Offer and how can I be considered for one?
How do I convert my grades to the 4.50 scale at the University of Manitoba?
If I apply under the Index Score category, should I send reference letters or a personal statement?

General Information:

What is the cost of tuition?
Do you accept transfer applications from law schools outside of Canada?
I have a Law Degree from outside Canada. Am I eligible to practice in Canada?
Can I defer my studies for a year?
Tell me about Scholarships & Bursaries.
Do you have an Exchange Program?
Are Half-Time studies an option?
Can I speak to a current student? How can I arrange for a tour of the building?
How can I make an appointment with an admissions advisor?
Is preference given to residents of Manitoba?
I still have questions...

Registering For Courses (second & third year students):

Where can I find more information on registering for courses?


ANSWERS:

Application Requirements

What are the minimum academic requirements to apply?

  • 20 one term courses (i.e. 60 credit hours) of university, degree level study; 
    OR
  • 10 one term courses (i.e. 30 credit hours) of university, degree level study if an applicant is over the age of 26 by September 1 in the year admission is sought. If more than 30 credit hours are completed, all credit hours are used in the calculation.

An undergraduate degree is not required; however 85% of our students have completed one. 

When does my coursework need to be completed by?  *new*

  • Index Score (regular category):  coursework is to be completed by December 31 in the year of application (i.e. December 31, 2015 for September 2016 admission) *new*
  • Individual Consideration Category:  coursework is to be completed by September 1 in the year of application (i.e. September 1, 2015 for September 2016 admission)
  • Aboriginal Category: coursework is to be completed by December 31 in the year of application (i.e. December 31, 2015 for September 2016 admission)  *new*

Do I need to write the TOEFL exam?

If English is not your primary language*, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Internet Based): minimum score of 100 with no section lower than 24.
  • IELTS (academic model): minimum score of 7.0 in each section, and 7.0 overall.
  • CanTEST: minimum score of 5.0 in each section
  • CAEL: minimum score of 80 with no subtest below 80

Note:  AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance) is not an acceptable level for admission to the Faculty of Law.

*Primary language is defined as that language which is most commonly used in homes, communities, and daily commerce in your native country.

Results for most language tests, including TOEFL, IELTS, and CanTEST, expire two years from the test date and must be valid at the beginning of your admission term. Please confirm the validity of your test results.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes. The admission requirements are the same, in addition to proof of English Language Proficiency, if applicable.


LSAT - Law School Admissions Test

Is my best LSAT score used or an average?

The highest LSAT score is used. 

What is the last test date accepted? *New*

Effective 2016-17 admission, the last LSAT date accepted in all first year categories will be December in the year of application (i.e. December 2015 for September 2016 admission). 

Where do I register for the LSAT?

To register for the LSAT, visit www.lsac.org 

How long is my LSAT score valid for?

A LSAT score is valid for 5 years. For 2016-17 admission, the oldest test date accepted is June 2011.


Submitting An Application

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline to all First Year categories is November 1 in the year prior to admission.

The application deadline to Upper Years (Transfer, Letter of Permission, Advanced Standing, National Committee on Accreditation) is June 30 

What is the application fee?

2015-16 application fees:

Domestic Students:        $90

International Students:  $120 

What are the First Year categories of admission?

Can I apply online?

Yes!! 

Can I apply by paper application?

Paper applications are no longer accepted. 

What address do I send my transcript(s) to? What is the deadline?

Scan your official transcript(s) and upload to the application portal ApplyYourself. Unofficial transcripts &/or grade summaries are acceptable for assessment purposes. The deadline is November 1. Your final official transcript(s) are not required, until an offer is made and accepted.

You may submit your transcript(s) is through the mail (still by November 1):

Enrolment Services
424 University Centre 
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2

Please use the status checker in ApplyYourself to see if the transcript(s) have been received.

Applicants may also update their transcripts by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This is typically done after Fall Term. 

Once you have received an offer and have decided to accept it, please send your final official transcript to the address noted above by June 30.

I am applying under the Individual Consideration or Aboriginal category, where do I send my personal statement, résumé, and 3 reference letters?

By November 1, please upload documents to ApplyYourself (AY) as paper documents are no longer accepted.  Applicants are asked to identify the names and email address of 3 individuals to act as Recommenders. AY will email your Recommender and provide them a link where they can upload their letter. Please do not send letters through the mail.

The deadline for uploading letters is November 30. 

I would like to submit medical documentation in support of my application. How do I do this?

Please do not upload your medical documentation to ApplyYourself.  Rather, mail directly to the attention of the Student Services Coordinator, 306B Robson Hall, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2.  Please do not submit full medical reports. Rather, letters from your healthcare provider(s) outlining the nature of your situation, how long you have been under their care, and their overall comments, etc.

The deadline to submit is November 30.

This is applicable for Individual Consideration & Aboriginal categories only. 

How do I update my mailing address, phone number and/or email address?

Please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   with ‘address update’ in the subject line.  Be certain to include your name as it appears on your application, and your applicant number in your email.


Law Application Review

How many students apply? How many students are admitted?

We receive 800-1,000 applications to First Year. Approximately 106 students are admitted to First Year. 

Do you consider all of my grades? Do you drop any credits? How do you calculate the AGPA?

An applicant’s entire academic history is reviewed whether taken in undergraduate or graduate studies, on a full or part time basis or in Regular, Evening or Summer Session.

  • If you have completed 90-101 credit hours, 18 of the lowest are excluded from the calculation.
  • If you have completed 102-113 credit hours, 24 of the lowest are excluded from the calculation.
  • If you have completed 114+ credit hours, 30 of the lowest are excluded from the calculation.
  • 30 credit hours is the maximum to be dropped. 

What is the Status of my Application?

The timeline is broken down by category. If you have further questions, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

What is an Early Offer and how can I be considered for one?

Early Offers are made to applicants that have a minimum academic requirement 10 two-term or 20 one-term courses, or combination thereof, of university degree level courses (or equivalent of), and a LSAT score by November 1.  Early Offers are made in December.  If the admissions criteria are met, the Admissions Office will automatically consider your application for an Early Offer.  

What is the University of Manitoba's grading scale?

When both a letter grade and percentage is presented on a transcript, the percentage will be used.

A+       = 4.50 = 90% - 100%

A         = 4.00 = 80% - 89%

B+       = 3.50 = 75% - 79%

B         = 3.00 = 70% - 74%

C+       = 2.50 = 65% - 69%

C         = 2.00 = 60% - 64%

D         = 1.00 = 50% - 59%

F          = 0.00 = 50% or less

Note: 'A-' and 'B-' grades will be assigned values of 'A' and 'B' respectively. 

You may also use the Canadian Equivalency Tables.

If I apply under the Index Score category, should I submit reference letters or a personal statement?

No, only a 50/50 weighting of AGPA and LSAT score are considered.  Please do not send supplementary documents; they will not be read.


General Information

What is the cost of tuition?

2015-16 tuition and student fees: $10,663

2015-16 tuition and student fees for international students: $24,387 

Do you accept transfer applications from law schools outside of Canada?

Yes. Please read see Upper Year categories

I have a Law Degree from outside Canada. Am I eligible to practice in Canada?

Please contact the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) and have the National Committee on Accreditation evaluate your credentials. They will provide a recommendation that will determine the number of Canadian Law courses (if applicable) you will be required to complete. 

May I defer my studies for a year?

If you have received an Early Offer (or equivalent to the Early Offer score), or an offer through the Aboriginal or Individual Consideration category you may submit a written request to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for a one-year, non-renewable deferral of registration. 

Tell me about Scholarships & Bursaries.

Entrance Scholarships offers will be made with Early Offers.  Be sure to upload a copy of your 'personal characteristics statement' to Apply Yourself by November 1. 

In addition to the personal characteristics statement, some of our entrance scholarships have a financial need component. To demonstrate financial need, please complete the budget worksheet found here and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications for bursaries are available to students admitted into the Faculty of Law.  Approximately $450,000 in need based funding is available. 

Do you have an Exchange Program?

Yes! 

Are Half-Time Studies an Option?

The admissions criteria are the same for Full and Half Time studies. Applications will be accepted from individuals who cannot commit to full time studies due to health concerns, family commitments, financial necessity or special occupational involvement.  Half Time studies allows for 6 years to completion. 

Can I speak to a current student? How can I arrange for a tour of the building?

Please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     

How can I make an appointment with an admissions advisor?

Please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call 204-480-1485 

Is preference given to residents of Manitoba?

No specific numbers of seats are reserved for either Manitoba or out of province students. Preference is given to Manitoban applicants on the wait-list in July.

I still have questions..

Please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Registering For Courses as a Second or Third Year Law Student

Where can I find more information on registering for courses?

Please view our course registration page.