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Admission requirements

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

Regular category

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

Discretionary and Indigenous categories

  • regular criteria, or
  • demonstrated experience, maturity, and outstanding qualities that indicate an ability to undertake the study of law successfully.


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

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 2025.

For law scholarships that require an application, the January 2025 LSAT score is the last one accepted. For more information on LSAT test dates, test centres and registration, see

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.

The University of New Brunswick will accept official transcripts emailed directly from the University Registrar’s Office. Transcripts can be sent to Official transcripts will also be accepted through MyCreds, sent to the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law.

A personal statement is required for all applicants in all categories. You can upload your personal statement as part of your online application or email to

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 the requested accommodation, if any.

For applicants applying in the Discretionary and Indigenous categories, the statement should relate the applicant’s personal circumstances to the selection criteria in the relevant category. Only one statement is required to complete your application.

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 one-to-two pages in length.

Resumés are required for all applicants and should detail the applicant’s education, work experience and community involvement since high school. You can upload your resumé as part of your online application or email to

Letters of reference, while not required for applicants in the Regular category, are useful when conducting a supplementary review and determining eligibility for general scholarships. At least two letters of recommendation are required in the Discretionary and Indigenous categories.

Letters must be sent directly by the referee to the Law Admissions Office: Reference forms are not required for reference letters.