First year students

Applicants for admission are considered as soon as the file is complete. Early applications are considered for first offers of admission and scholarships. For this reason applicants are urged to apply as early as possible.

The admission application deadline is March 1st with no applications accepted after this date. A number of places in the first year class are kept open until all applications received by the final deadline have been processed.

Enrolment in first year is limited to approximately 92 students. The number of applicants each year greatly exceeds these 92 seats. We received approximately 715 applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. The selection process is highly competitive in all admission categories and many qualified applicants are not accepted. Admissions policies assist in ensuring consistency and fairness but admission is wholly within the discretion of the Law Faculty.

Please refer to the admissions handbook (PDF) before applying.

Admissions index

The Admissions Index is determined using the applicant’s re-calculated Grade Point Average (GPA) and highest Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score.

In recent years, the average re-calculated GPA of an admitted student has been approximately 3.8 (on a 4.3 scale) and the average LSAT score has been approximately 157. The range is typically 3.2 - 4.3 for the GPA and 152 - 170 for the LSAT.

Law school admission test

All applicants seeking admission to first year must submit a LSAT score based on the 120-180 scale. Applicants must take the LSAT no later than February of the year in which they apply for admission.

For information on registration and test dates please visit www.LSAC.org or contact Law Services directly.

Academic transcripts

Applicants must arrange for an official transcript of their academic record at each university, college, or other post-secondary institution attended (both undergraduate and graduate) to be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the academic records department of the institution.

Only one official copy of the transcripts are required.  UNB Law does not accept the applicant’s copy of any transcript. All transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Personal statements

A personal statement is required for all applicants in all categories. You may attach your personal statement as part of your online application submission or forward your statements to the Law Admissions Office by mail or send by email lawadmit@unb.ca/ or include them as part of your online application.

Where an applicant wishes the Admissions Committee to consider a disability, the personal statement must explain the disability 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 and career ambitions.

Resumés

A resumé is required for all applicants in all categories. Resumés should detail the applicant’s education, work experience, and community involvement since high school. Your resume may be included as an attachment with your online application or you may send by email to lawadmit@unb.ca or mail.


Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation are welcome but not required for applicants in the Regular category. They will normally be considered only as part of a Supplementary Review. At least two letters of recommendation are required in the Discretionary and Aboriginal categories.

Letters should be submitted by persons able to comment on matters relevant to the selection criteria in the relevant category.

All letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referee to the Law Admissions Office. We do not provide forms for letters of recommendation.