York University's Senate has approved a change in Osgoode Hall Law School's undergraduate law degree designation from Bachelor of Laws (LLB) to Juris Doctor (JD). The JD will take effect with Osgoode's graduating class of 2009 and will also apply retroactively to alumni who choose to convert their degree. Visit the Osgoode Hall web site for more information.

One of Canada’s largest and most distinguished law schools.

Osgoode Hall offers students an extraordinary legal education. Our internationally renowned three-year Juris Doctor (JD) program provides a rich, innovative and interdisciplinary experience that exposes our students to a broad array of perspectives. Throughout our curriculum, theory is integrated with practice so students can build upon a solid foundation in legal reasoning, with hands-on experience in putting that reasoning to work. Our full-time professors and part-time faculty of practicing lawyers and judges are the country’s top legal thinkers. We prepare our students to enter the legal profession with a unique combination of thoughtful and practical skills.

The Law Degree

The law degree has two different roles. It is an academic discipline worthy of study in its own right as well as a necessary preliminary for entry to the legal profession. It is a fascinating subject, with a great tradition and dynamic future. Whether you are advocating the rights of an environmentally sensitive ecosystem or weighing up freedom of expression with the right to privacy, there will be something to challenge your interests.

What You’ll Learn

We challenge the traditional curriculum and aim for excellence at all levels through a comprehensive, well-rounded legal education focused on law-in-action. We promote interdisciplinary studies through various joint-degree programs and partnerships with other Faculties, institutions and international exchanges.

A law degree is one of the most well-respected undergraduate qualifications. It opens up career opportunities quite apart from the practice of law. This is because the study of law improves powers of reasoning, clarity of thought and the ability to analyze and express complicated ideas. Such skills are in demand in a wide variety of areas including commerce and industry, social services, politics, the media and the public services.

Possible Career Paths

Osgoode graduates may pursue diverse career opportunities within the legal profession, government, business, non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations and academia. Career paths include:

  • Lawyer in a private practice
  • Attorney for the government
  • Public-sector lawyer
  • Business contract lawyer
  • NGO or non-profit lawyer

A Juris Doctor (JD) degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to train for careers in law. However, it is important for you to note that that there are a whole range of careers outside of private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister. Such careers include acting as Crown Prosecutor, working in the courts service, national and local government law departments and specialist niche areas of law (land registry, competition law or taxation).

Note: Successful completion of the JD Program at Osgoode, or any other law school, does not itself admit students to the practice of law in any of the common law provinces of Canada.

For further information, please contact Osgoode's Admission Office at 416-736-5712.

Programs unique to Osgoode

  • Osgoode Public Interest Requirement, which emphasizes the importance of community service
  • Requirement that at least one course/program has an experiential component
  • 16 clinical and intensive programs, including our student-staffed legal aid clinic
  • World-class legal research centres

Joint & combined degree programs

  • JD/MBA with the Schulich School of Business
  • JD/MES with the Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • JD/MA (Philosophy) with the Department of Philosophy
  • JD/BCL with the Université de Montréal

Did You Know?

  • Fifteen of the 40 benchers elected in 2003 to the Law Society of Upper Canada, the self-governing body for lawyers in Ontario, are Osgoode alumni.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School was ranked amongst the top five Canadian law schools by a 2005 survey of recent graduates released by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. The survey results praised Osgoode for its wide variety of course offerings and its research centres, extensive library holdings and "impressive" use of technology.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in Canada by Maclean's Magazine, ranking second among common-law schools in 2011 and 2012.

About Osgoode Hall Law School

  • Osgoode is the largest, and one of the oldest, common-law law school’s in Canada.
  • Offers the most international opportunities - Gain international experience, through an exchange program in your second or third year. Or take part in one of Osgoode's summer exchanges which include almost every city in the world!
  • The largest law library in Canada.
  • A pioneer in online legal research.
  • Has the only chapter of the Innocence Project in Canada.
  • Has the largest graduate program and the only Professional Development program for lawyers in Canada.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.