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English Language Requirement All applicants whose primary language* is not English and do not meet the University of Manitoba’s English language proficiency regulations http://umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/international
/english/index.html will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the following options: 1. Overall minimum score of 100 with no section lower than 24 on the Internet‐based Test of English as a Foreign Language ‐ TOEFL (iBT). 2. Minimum score of 7.0 on the Academic model with no less than 7.0 on each section in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 3. Minimum score of 5.0 in all four skill areas in the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST). 4. Minimum score of 80 with no subtest below 80 on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). NOTE: AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance) is not an accepted test for admission to the Faculty of Law. *the term "primary language" is defined as that language which is most commonly used in homes, communities and daily commerce in your native country. It may or may not be the official language of the country or the language of instruction. Results for most language tests, including TOEFL, IELTS and CanTEST, expire two years from the test date. Please confirm the validity of your test results. Categories of Admission to First Year Law: 1. Index Score Category (aka Regular category) The Index Score category is the ‘regular or main’ category of admission; 80% of students are admitted to first year law through this category. Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
Only Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) and LSAT score are evaluated. Category Requirements:  Minimum of 60 (or 30 if 26 years+) credit hours of university degree level study.  LSAT score. 2. Individual Consideration Category This category is primarily for Mature Students (the Faculty of Law defines a Mature Student as someone over the age of 26 by September 1 the year admission is sought). It is also for applicants who have faced barriers to education. Evaluation of Individual Consideration category files is in January: therefore, courses taken the Fall and Winter terms cannot be included in the AGPA The objectives of the category are: 1. To enrich the law school environment for all students by creating a greater diversity of perspective and experience in the student body than that which might be obtained through exclusive adherence to relative AGPA/LSAT performance. 2. To benefit the profession and the community by producing graduates who can make a significant or special contribution. 3. To provide access for those applicants who have encountered barriers to education, including disabilities. Regard may be had to any/all factors considered relevant to the achievement of the foregoing objectives including such matters as: motivation, personal fortitude in dealing with life’s obstacles, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, occupational, cultural or educational background, community (union, religious, political, charitable) service, maturity and integrity, etc.. Notes Regarding Individual Consideration Category:  Applicants must display adequate academic and intellectual merit to complete legal studies. Page 2 of 10  Only under exceptional circumstances will an applicant under the age of 26 be made an offer in this category.  Applicants not successful in the Individual Consideration category will be moved to Index Score category for further consideration only if AGPA/LSAT are competitive with the Index applicant pool. Category Requirements:  Minimum of 60 (or 30 if 26 years+) credit hours of university degree level study.  LSAT score.  Personal Statement: No more than 1500 words, double spaced. While there are no specific guidelines on what to include in a personal statement, the objectives of the category should be kept in mind.  Résumé: No more than two (2) 8½ x 11 pages. Work, volunteer, and educational experiences should be highlighted.  Supporting Medical Documentation (if applicable): Please note the following if submitting medical documentation for: o Do not send full medical reports. Rather, letters from healthcare provider(s) outlining the nature of your situation, how long you have been under their care, and their overall comments, etc. o Apply Yourself (AY) does not present an opportunity to upload these documents. Please mail directly to 306B Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2.  Recommendation Letters: Three letters are required. Academic references are not required, but strongly encouraged. Your recommendation letters should support your personal statement, and overall application. Notes Regarding Recommendation Letters: Choose recommenders who know you well and can comment on your strengths, ability to communicate, interpersonal skills, judgment, initiative, organization, and leadership skills, etc.;  Choosing high profile recommenders who do not know you well and have a casual passing relationship with you will have little or no benefit. Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
 Recommendation letters from immediate family members include in‐laws, spouses, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. will not be considered according to the Nepotism Policy at the University of Manitoba (http://umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/governing
_documents/community/911.htm ).  Recommendation letters are held in the strictest confidence and are not released to the applicant. 3. Aboriginal Category: Robson Hall Faculty of Law believes Aboriginal people represent unique groups in Canada, including Métis, Indian and Inuit heritage, and are worthy of individual acknowledgement in the admissions process. Our process is designed to facilitate access to legal education and the profession for Aboriginal people. Category Requirements: • Minimum of 60 (or 30 if 26 years+) credit hours of university degree level study. • LSAT score. • Personal Statement: No more than 1,500 words, double spaced. Your statement should clearly highlight your connection to and/or involvement with the Aboriginal community. • Résumé: No more than two (2) 8½ x 11 pages. Work, volunteer, and educational experiences should be highlighted. • Recommendation Letters: Three letters are required. Academic references are not required, but encouraged. Your recommendation letters should support your personal statement, and overall application. A letter from Community Member(s) (e.g. Elder) is also strongly encouraged. Notes Regarding Recommendation Letters: Choose recommenders who know you well and can comment on your strengths, ability to communicate, interpersonal skills, judgment, initiative, organization, and leadership skills, etc.;  Choosing high profile recommenders who do not know you well and have a casual passing relationship with you will have little or no benefit. Page 3 of 10  Recommendation letters from immediate family members include in‐laws, spouses, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. will not be considered according to the Nepotism Policy at the University of Manitoba (http://umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/governing
_documents/community/911.htm).  Recommendation letters are held in the strictest confidence and are not released to the applicant. Applicants questioning their suitability for the category should contact Professor Wendy Whitecloud 204‐474‐
6448 or [email protected] Half‐Time Studies The Faculty of Law will accept applications from those who want to pursue a J.D. degree but cannot commit to full time studies due to health concerns, family commitments, financial necessity or special occupational involvement. Half Time applications will be considered under all three first year categories of admission. Half Time J.D. studies allows for completion of the J.D. program in a maximum time of six (6) years verses three (3) years of full time studies. Full Time course load is 33 credit hours in first year; Half Time students register for less than 22 credit hours in. In second and third year Half Time students may register for additional courses with the permission of the Associate Dean (academic). Studying Half Time is not a separate evening, weekend, correspondence, or external program. Rather refers to half of the course load of a full time student. Half Time students must be able and prepared to attend classes at various times throughout each day of the week. No special classes will be scheduled for Half Time students. Categories of Admission to Upper Years (not First Year) With regards to Upper Year categories, the Admissions Committee must be satisfied that: Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
(a) the Faculty is able to provide the requested with minimal academic and administrative difficulties. (b) The presence of the applicant in and their prospective contribution to the Faculty are likely to have the most beneficial or enriching effect upon the Faculty’s program. 1. Advanced Standing Category Persons applying in this category have already earned a J.D. degree or its equivalent from another law school, or are entitled to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction. A maximum of up to two (2) years of credit may be granted. Category Requirements:  LSAT score by February in the calendar year admission is sought.  Transcripts from legal studies.  Transcripts from pre‐law students.  Proof of English proficiency, if applicable. 2. Letter of Permission Category (visiting student) Persons applying in this category are registered at another law school and are seeking to earn credits at Robson Hall for a period of no more than two (2) terms. Category Requirements:  Official letter from the home law school confirming permission to register for up to one year of credit.  Transcript from legal studies.  A written statement (maximum length, two 8½ x 11 pages) describing why you would like to continue your legal studies at Robson Hall. 3. National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Category Persons applying for admission in this category are not seeking a J.D. degree from the University of Manitoba. Rather, are looking to complete accreditation requirements of the NCA with the intent of practicing law in Canada. A law degree Page 4 of 10 from a civil law school in Canada or from a foreign law school is required. Category Requirements:  Copy of NCA recommendation.  Official transcripts from legal studies.  A written statement indicating connection to the province of Manitoba and why studies should be completed at Robson Hall Faculty of Law.  A copy of MB Health card to validate Manitoba residency.  Proof of English proficiency, if applicable. Section 3: Application Process & Deadlines
4. Transfer Category Persons who have successfully completed First Year in a common law program of another law school, within or outside of Canada, may apply to continue their studies at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law. Category Requirements:  LSAT score by February in the calendar year admission is sought.  A written statement (maximum length, two 8½ x 11 pages) describing why you would like to continue your legal studies at Robson Hall (include compassionate circumstances, if applicable).  Transcript from legal studies.  Transcript(s) from pre‐law studies.  2 letters of recommendation, preferably academic. Index Score September 27: Last LSAT for Early Offer consideration & Scholarships November 1: Deadline for receipt of application and fee for First Year Law November 1: Deadline to upload a copy of transcript(s) from all institutions attended, except for the University of Manitoba. November 1: Identify (3) people with a valid email address, for written recommendation letters November 1: Upload Personal Statement and Résumé November 1: Deadline to submit proof of English proficiency, if applicable November 30: Deadline for receipt of Recommendation Letters & Medical Documentation (if applicable) Individual Consideration Aboriginal Upper Years 
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Page 5 of 10 Application Fee: Domestic: $90.00 International: $120.00 Applications are not considered received until the application is submitted and the application fee has been paid by the posted deadline. All applicants will receive a letter of acknowledgement by *email within two hours of payment and submission. All correspondence, including decision release information will be sent via email. (**Please ensure your email account remains current and will accept emails from the University of Manitoba. Check your filters.) Required Application Documents: The following documents will be required to complete your application:  Initial Transcripts showing current registration, as well as completed transcripts from all other post‐
secondary education are to be submitted when applying. These can be uploaded at the time of application.  Final official transcripts from any university or college attended other than University of Manitoba are required if offered admission.  Immigration documents if born outside of Canada.  Name change documents if name has changed as a result of marriage, divorce or other reasons.  Proof of proficiency in the use of the English language (as indicated in Section 2). Deposit Information:  To accept an offer, a $300 deposit must be received by the date outlined in the offer letter. The deposit is non‐refundable if registration does not occur. The deposit is credited towards tuition. Section 4: Selection Process AGPA Calculation for all Categories A Grade Point Average (GPA) is generally understood to be all courses completed multiplied by the weight per course. For the purpose of admission to the Faculty of Law, an applicant’s GPA will be adjusted when one or more of the thresholds presented in the table below are met. The GPA calculation for law school admission will be referred to as the AGPA. The AGPA is calculated using graded credit hours, whether completed on a full or part time basis, in undergraduate or graduate programs, or in Regular, Evening or Summer Sessions. Courses completed outside of a degree will also be included, providing they are from an accredited institution and at university degree level. Applicants who have completed 60‐89 credit hours will have their AGPA based on all graded credit hours completed. Applicants with more than 90 credit hours completed will have their AGPA adjusted according to the following thresholds: Credit Hours Completed Credit Hours Dropped 90 to 101 18 102 to 113 24 114+ 30 A one term course is typically 3 credit hours and a 2 term course is typically 6 credit hours. The University of Manitoba operates on a 4.50 point scale and, for the purpose of calculating the AGPA, percentage marks, if applicable, are converted to letter grades as outlined below: A+ A B+ B C+ C D F is a 4.5 and is equivalent to 90 – 100% is a 4.0 and is equivalent to 80 – 89% is a 3.5 and is equivalent to 75 – 79% is a 3.0 and is equivalent to 70 – 74% is a 2.5 and is equivalent to 65 – 69% is a 2.0 and is equivalent to 60 ‐ 64% is a 1.0 and is equivalent to 50 – 59% is a 0.0 and is equivalent to less than 50% Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
Page 6 of 10 ‘A‐’ and ‘B‐’ grades are assigned the value of ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively. Notes Relating to AGPA Calculations:  Credit hours for non‐graded courses completed will not be included in the credit hour calculation in determining eligibility to apply.  If a non‐graded course has a ‘Fail’ as a final result, it will be used in the AGPA calculation.  Courses completed at a non‐university non‐ degree level will only be considered for eligibility and in calculating the AGPA if they can be applied towards a University of Manitoba degree.  Applicants are required to have successfully completed the minimum number of credit hours; courses with grades of ‘F’ will be included in the AGPA calculation. They will be among the first dropped according to the table presented.  No changes to the calculation of the AGPA will be made after the final transcript deadline, other than grade changes resulting from an “Incomplete” grade or grade appeal.  Grades presented on official transcripts will be taken at face‐value; and only conversion tables printed on the reverse of an official transcript will be taken into consideration.  All attempts of courses that are repeated will be included in the AGPA calculation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform the Admissions Office in writing of ay deferred exams or grade changes. All final grades, including grade changes must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the document deadline in order for them to be included in the final selection process. Request for Elimination Under special circumstances, applicants may seek the elimination of a portion of their academic record from the calculation of the AGPA for law admission. Applicants need to submit their request in writing – clearly outlining how one of the two scenarios listed below are applicable. The request must be received prior to the November 1 application deadline. Requests Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
and inquiries should be directed to: [email protected] Decisions will be communicated via email. To request elimination, one of the following scenarios must apply: i. if obtained at least five (5) years before the commencement of a fresh program of studies by the applicant, where the new course of studies consists of at least an additional 48 credit hours, completed over no more than two (2) consecutive academic years (30 credit hours for applicants who are at least 26 years old), and where the Faculty is satisfied that the earlier results are not a material indicator of the applicant’s academic potential. OR ii. if an applicant presents a university academic record showing a new program of study consisting of at least 60 additional graded credit hours completed over no more than three (3) consecutive academic years in a different faculty, and where the Faculty is satisfied that the results in the first faculty are not a material indicator of the applicant’s academic potential. Index Score Category Assessment:  50/50 weighting of AGPA/LSAT score (formula: http://law.robsonhall.ca/jd/agpa‐
calculation/formula) (Operative LSAT Score (AGPA X 50) – 120) X 50 PLUS 60
4.5
= Index Score Individual Consideration Category Assessment:  A holistic review is utilized for applications in the Individual Consideration category with no particular weight attached to any one requirement. AGPA and LSAT score will be considered, however not to the exclusive extent as in the Regular category.  Applications will be reviewed by a Screening Committee in mid‐January who will recommend thirty (30) applicants for an interview. An interview is necessary for the potential of an offer to exist. Applicants in this category should appreciate that not everyone can be interviewed and that, given the Page 7 of 10 few places available, the competition is especially keen.  As a result of the interviews, up to 15 full time offers may be made. No more than seven (7) of the offers will be made to applicants not ordinarily residents of Manitoba at the time of application. The allocation of the available offers is entirely at the discretion of the Faculty of Law. Decisions are necessarily subjective; reasons are neither recorded nor given. Interview  The interviews will be held Saturday February 28 & Sunday March 1, 2015 at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB. The Committee will operate with a quorum of at least four members.  If selected for an interview, and unable to attend in person (at the cost of the applicant), arrangements can be made to interview via Skype. Aboriginal Category Assessment:  A holistic review is used for applications in the Aboriginal category with no particular weight attached to any one requirement. AGPA and LSAT score are considered, however not to the exclusive extent of the Index Score category. Decisions are necessarily subjective; reasons are neither recorded, nor given. Applicants are required to demonstrate their connection and/or involvement in their Community. Reasons for decisions are neither recorded nor given. Advanced Standing Category Assessment:  A holistic review is used for applications in the Advanced Standing Category with no particular weight attached to any one requirement. The Admissions Committee must agree that the applicant would have been admitted to first year law in the Index Score category had the applicant applied for admission to first year in the year admitted elsewhere. Reasons for decisions are neither recorded nor given. Letter of Permission Category Assessment:  The Admissions Committee must be satisfied of the quality of the academic performance at the home law school. Availability of courses requested by the applicant is included in the admissions decision. Reasons for decisions are neither recorded nor given. National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Category Assessment:  A holistic review is used for applications in the NCA category, with no particular weight attached to any one requirement. It should be noted no specific number of seats are reserved for NCA applicants in any one year; competition is especially keen. Reasons for decisions are not recorded nor given. Transfer Category Assessment:  A holistic review is used for applications in the Transfer category, with no particular weight attached to any one requirement. Reasons for decisions are neither recorded nor given. Offer Timeline & Waitlist Index Score:  Early Offer score is set in early‐December. To qualify, a minimum of 60 credit hours and LSAT score by November 1 deadline. Applicants who meet these criteria are automatically considered.  After the second Friday in July, a waitlist is set for those holding Manitoba residence. Individual Consideration:  Interview weekend is Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1. Applicants will be contacted, and invited for interviews.  Offers will be made shortly after the interview weekend. Aboriginal Category:  Initial offers are made in March. Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
Page 8 of 10 Advanced Standing:  Offers made in early August. Letter of Permission:  Offers made in early August. NCA:  Offers made in early August. Transfer:  Offers made in early August. Tie Breaking Procedure for Offers: Effective for the September 2015 intake, the University of Manitoba has approved a tiebreaking procedure for admissions. In the event of a tie, the following procedure will be used: 1. Increase the number of significant figures used in the calculation. 2. Where a tie still exists, the application that was received first will be used to break the tie. All completed applications are time stamped upon submission; in the case of a paper application, these applications will be time stamped after they have been entered into the system by a University of Manitoba Admissions Office staff member. Notification of Decision: Once a decision has been made, all applicants will receive an email notifying them to log into their application portal to view the decision. Students that are offered admission will be required to confirm their acceptance and pay a deposit online. If you do not accept the offer and pay the required deposit by the deadline date indicated in the letter, the offer will lapse. Lapsed offers will be considered a declined response. It is imperative that your email account remains current and that you check it regularly or arrange for someone to check it in your absence. Notes regarding Admission Decisions  One year, non‐renewable request to defer registration will be accepted from:  Early Offer Score recipients  Aboriginal category offers Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
 Individual Consideration offers  Failure to appear on the first day of classes without prior notice to the Faculty will be deemed a non‐
registrant, and will forfeit their seat. Application in a subsequent year may not be considered.  Common Law schools across Canada exchange lists of students who have made a deposit for a seat in a first year class. It is the responsibility of the applicant to email [email protected] if their preference is for this information not to be shared. Section 5: Reconsideration & Appeals
An admissions decision (be it a rejection, placement on an alternate list, or a decision of the Individual Consideration Interviewing Committee) can be appealed in writing. However, appeals are limited to matters of procedural irregularity. The merits of a decision cannot be appealed. The Senate Admissions Appeal Committee is not authorized to establish new admissions criteria or to substitute its judgment for that of any admissions committee. The decision of an Individual Consideration Screening Committee cannot be appealed. If applicable, you may submit your appeal on the matter of procedural irregularity within ten (10) days of the date indicated on the letter communicating the decision. Please submit your appeal via email to [email protected] Application Fraud: The Faculty of Law may refuse to consider an application from: i. A person that has been dishonest in an application (present or past) to any law faculty. ii. A person guilty of misconduct during the LSAT administration. iii. A person who, in any previous year, accepted an offer to the Faculty of Law but failed to attend the first day of classes, and did not defer registration or provide notification of withdrawal. Page 9 of 10 Applicants Whom Have Failed a Year of Law or Required to Withdraw: Applications from individuals who have failed a year of law elsewhere will not be considered unless: i. The applicant is permitted to apply for readmission to the Faculty in which they failed, in addition to having received permission to repeat the failed year AND ii. There is a substantial reason why the failed year should be repeated at the University of Manitoba. 1. Applications from individuals who are on academic probation, suspension, or expulsion imposed by another unit at the University of Manitoba or another post‐secondary institution will not be considered. Section 6: Counselling of Applicants
It is important to obtain first‐hand information regarding admissions information to the Faculty of Law. To make an appointment with the Faculty admissions advisor, please email [email protected] province/territory concerned. Although possession of a criminal record may not prohibit admission to the J.D. program, it may result in licensing issues. Persons contemplating practice should consider contacting the Law Society of the province/territory in which they intend to practice, for all the particulars in this regard. Section 9: Scholarships Applicants receiving Early Offers will be considered for merit based scholarships with amounts ranging from $2,500 ‐ $5,500. Within ApplyYourself applicants will have the opportunity to upload a written statement that demonstrates your personal characteristics associated with the highest standards of the profession. Submitting the statement is optional. The majority of scholarship offers will be sent with Early Offers in December. Receipt of a scholarship is dependent on registration in the Faculty. If an applicant elects to defer their registration, they automatically forfeit the Entrance Scholarship. Section 7: Contact Information Faculty of Law: Marie Jivan (Admissions & Financial Aid), 306B Robson Hall, Tel: 204‐480‐1485, Email: [email protected] Admissions Office: 424 University Centre, Tel: 204‐
474‐8808, Email: [email protected] Admissions Officer: Sandra Jezik Section 8: Other Effects of a Criminal Record: Admission to the Faculty of Law and the license to practice law are two separate processes. The license to practice is granted only by the Law Society of the Faculty of Law 2015 – 2016
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