Future JD Students

 Canadian Official Guide

Western University, Canada

Josephine-Spencer Niblett Building, London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Phone: 519.661.3347
Internet: www.law.uwo.ca | E-mail:

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Introduction

University exteriorWestern University, Canada, is located in London, Ontario, and is known as the "Forest City" because of its tree-lined streets. London has a population of over 400,000, lies in the heart of one of the richest agricultural regions of Canada, and is the industrial, commercial, and financial capital of southwestern Ontario.

The Faculty of Law is fully accredited and offers a Juris Doctor degree as well as combined degrees in Business; Computer Science; Engineering Science; History; Kinesiology; Media, Information, and Technoculture; Political Science; and Philosophy. The Faculty also offers a joint program with Laval University in Quebec, a Diplôme de Français Juridique, areas of concentration in Business and Information Technology, and a number of exchanges in Europe, the United States, and the Pacific Rim.

Mission Statement

To prepare national and international leaders in the practice of law, in business, and in the public service; to further the interests of the rule of law both in Canada and abroad; to create an environment in which the values of scholarly enquiry flourish.

Enrollment/Student Body

  • Group photo of graduates2,750 applicants
  • 175 enrolled first-year class 2010
  • 511 total full time
  • 46 percent women
  • 10 provinces represented
  • Diverse group of undergraduate programs represented

Faculty

  • 76 total
  • 44 full time
  • 42 part time or adjunct

Academic excellence is at the heart of Western Law, and it starts with our professors. They will push students to think critically, teach them how to argue cogently, and instill a solid understanding of the law. Our professors also value collegiality, providing students with significant opportunities to interact with them as academic and professional mentors.

Library and Physical Facilities

  • 272,000 library volumes and equivalents
  • QL
  • Canadian Law Online
  • 2 CD-ROM legal periodical indexes
  • 8 professional staff
  • Library seats 385
  • 1 computer lab with 30 stations

The law school is equipped with a wireless network, providing laptop users with remote access to the Internet and e-mail from all public areas of the building.

Curriculum

  • Academic Support Program
  • 87 credits required to graduate
  • 120 courses offered
  • Degrees available—HBA/JD, BESc/JD, BA/JD, BA(Kin)/JD, BSc/JD, JD/MBA, PhD in Legal Philosophy
  • Joint program with Laval University
  • Diplôme de Français Juridique

Degree Programs

Students using computersThe JD/MBA program is a limited-enrollment program leading to both degrees in three years.

The PhD in Legal Philosophy program enables PhD students specializing in philosophy of law to include a legal component consisting of the first year of the JD program.

The combined HBA/JD, BESc/JD, BA/JD, BSc/JD, and BA (Kin)/JD programs have a limited enrollment leading to both degrees in six years.

The joint program with Laval University, Quebec City, offers Western and Laval students the possibility of obtaining both a common law and civil law degree after four years of study in both participating institutions.

The Diplôme de Français Juridique is a three-year limited enrollment program offered in conjunction with the JD program. It is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to achieve a high level of fluency in written and spoken French for professional reasons.

Special Programs

Areas of concentration are available in Business and Intellectual Property and Information Technology. The areas of concentration enable students to combine the breadth of the core curriculum with real depth in a particular subject area.

Exchange Programs—Upper-year students at Western Law have the unique opportunity to participate in a one-term exchange program with the following law schools for credit towards a Western JD: Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada; Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, USA; Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA, USA; Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Université Jean Moulin—Lyon 3, France; Université René Descartes—Paris 5, France; ESADE Law School, Barcelona, Spain; Stockholm University, Sweden; University of Groningen, the Netherlands; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; University of Auckland, New Zealand; NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India; National University of Singapore, Singapore; University of Hong Kong, China; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Limerick, Ireland; University of Leeds, UK; and University of Nottingham, UK.

January Term—For students in their first year, the January term is devoted to the development of practical skills. Students research and write memoranda and facta, and receive instruction in oral advocacy. The month-long program culminates in a moot court exercise. Upper-year students choose one course from a broad range of options, each with a limited enrollment. Approximately half of the courses are offered by distinguished visiting professors.

Admission

  • At least three years of university level studies required (degree preferred)
  • Application deadline—November 1
  • LSAT required
  • Highest LSAT
  • Oldest LSAT accepted—June 2007
  • Median GPA—(3.7) 83%
  • Median LSAT score—162
  • Application fee—$90

There are two categories for admission into first year, general and discretionary. The discretionary categories are Aboriginal, Mature, and Access.

Offers are made beginning in January and continue through the spring. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision of the Admissions Committee.

Primary factors in assessing applications are prior academic record and LSAT score. In addition, other factors, such as employment history, extracurricular activities, and community achievements, are considered by the Admissions Committee.

A $250 tuition fee deposit is due within a specific period of time following an offer of admission. This deposit is nonrefundable.

An Extended Time JD Program is available to students who have been admitted to the JD Program. The program is designed for students who cannot manage a full-time program. The program must be completed within six years.

Activities

  • The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, edited by faculty and students, is published twice a year.
  • The Legal Society is the major organization for students of the Faculty of Law. Its executive appoints student members to faculty committees.
  • Community Legal Services provides legal services to the community. Under the supervision of lawyers, volunteer students handle cases dealing with a variety of criminal, quasi-criminal, and civil problems.
  • The Western Business Law Clinic (WBLC) is overseen by practicing lawyers. The Business Law Clinic provides small start-up and early-stage businesses with student legal assistance. By connecting aspiring London entrepreneurs with law students, the WBLC works to motivate small businesses by providing them with high quality economic development strategies.
  • The Dispute Resolution Centre is a not-for-profit organization established and operated by Western Law students. It provides mediation services to members of the community who want to resolve disputes without recourse to the courts.
  • Sport Solution is a joint project of Athletes Canada and the Dispute Resolution Centre. It provides assistance in resolving sport-related issues and offers athletes guidance on how to avoid conflict and understand the fair administration of sports.
  • The Stint Program was instituted by the UWO Law Alumni Association in 1992. During the second term of the academic year, interested students are matched with Ontario judges, crown attorneys, and lawyers for one to three days.
  • Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a network of law schools and community organizations in which students volunteer for legal service and research projects undertaken in the public interest.

Expenses and Financial Aid

  • Full-time tuition and fees—$16,200
  • Estimated expenses—$12,000
  • Living expenses—$10,500; books and supplies—$1,500
  • Performance and need-based entrance scholarships available for over one-half of the entering class
  • Financial aid available—Ontario Student Assistance Program, bursaries, loans

Career and Professional Development Office

The Faculty's director of career and professional developments works with students to ensure that they have the opportunity to acquire the job skills necessary to pursue distinguished, enterprising, and fulfilling careers. The director provides a program of seminars in résumé writing, interviewing, career planning, and specific job-search strategies. Western Law graduates have been extremely successful in obtaining excellent employment opportunities both within Canada and abroad. Western's placement rate is 99 percent to 100 percent over the last seven years.

Applicant Profile

Western University, Canada
Total Applications for First-Year Places 2,700
Registered Applicants 173
Average Age 24
Average Undergraduate Average GPA 3.7, 83%
Average LSAT (Score and Percentile) 162 (82th)

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