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Admission requirements

Minimum requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

Regular category:

(a) a degree from a recognized Canadian university;

(b) a degree from a non-Canadian university acceptable to UNB Law; or in exceptional circumstances

(c) in their final year of a four-year degree (120 credits) of full-time academic study or; in exceptional circumstances, at least three years (or 90 credit hours) of full-time academic study at a recognized Canadian university; or

Discretionary and Aboriginal categories:

(a) regular criteria, or;

(b) demonstrated experience, maturity, and outstanding qualities that indicate an ability to undertake the study of law successfully.

LSAT

The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is required for all admission categories. Although there is no minimum LSAT score required, students with an LSAT score below 150 are unlikely to be admitted.

An applicant who has completed three or more years of university study should have a minimum grade point average in university-level academic courses of 2.7 or better on a 0-4.3 scale, as calculated in accordance with the Admissions Policies. Please note 2.7 is a minimum GPA, and is not competitive for admission purposes as the average is 3.7 on a 4.3 scale. UNB Law uses a re-calculated GPA for admissions purposes.

Letter grade A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F
Grade point 4.3 4 3.7 3.3 3 2.7 2.3 2 1.5 1 0

If the applicant has completed three years (or equivalent), the lowest 15% of the grades are excluded from the calculation of the applicant’s GPA; if the applicant has completed four or more years (or equivalent), the lowest 25% are excluded; if an applicant is currently in their final year of a four year degree program, the lowest 25% will be excluded.

Applicants not eligible for admission: those in failing academic status in the most recent year of study in another law program; persons ineligible to continue in their own program due to academic misconduct; and persons who provide false or misleading statements on their applications to UNB Law.

Application documents required

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

An applicant seeking admission to first year must write the LSAT (based on the 120 – 180 scale). Applicants must take the LSAT no later than February 2017. The June 2017 LSAT score is not accepted for admission into the 2017-18 academic year. For scholarships that require an application, the December 2016 LSAT score is the last one accepted for the 2017-18 academic year — the February 2017 LSAT score is not accepted. For information on the LSAT and test dates, test centres and registration can be found at www.LSAC.org. Test scores should be requested directly from Law Services.

Academic transcripts

Applicants must arrange for the most current academic transcript from each university, college, or other post-secondary institution attended (both undergraduate and graduate) to be sent directly to the Law Admissions Office. Applicants currently enrolled in university courses should have a transcript of already-completed courses forwarded immediately and then, as courses are completed, have updated transcripts forwarded when they become available. It is particularly important to have marks for fall semester courses forwarded as soon as possible.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are received by the Admissions Office. Even after accepting an offer of admission, students should ensure that their admissions file contains their latest transcript as this may affect decisions relating to scholarships.

Personal statement

A personal statement is required for all applicants in all categories. You may forward personal statements to the Law Admissions Office by mail, or by email to lawadmit@unb.ca.

If an applicant wishes the Admissions Committee to consider a disability, the personal statement must explain the nature of the disability in detail and provide supporting documentation including a statement of requested accommodation, if any.

For applicants in the Discretionary and Aboriginal categories, the statement should relate the applicant’s personal circumstances to the selection criteria in the relevant category.

Personal statements should describe such matters as personal strengths, reasons for seeking admission, interest in law, career ambitions and special circumstances as appropriate.

Please note that we do not have a required minimum or maximum for the personal statement. Most personal statements are 1 – 2 pages in length.

Resumés

Resumés are required for all applicants and should detail the applicant’s education, work experience and community involvement since high school. Resumes can be sent by email to lawadmit@unb.ca.

Recommendation letters

Letters of reference, while not required for applicants in the Regular category, are useful when conducting supplementary review and determining eligibility for general scholarships. At least two letters of recommendation are required in the Discretionary and Aboriginal categories. Letters must be sent directly by the referee to the Law Admissions Office: lawadmit@unb.ca. Reference forms are not required for reference letters.