The core curriculum is complemented by a wide range of optional courses. The range of choice is unlimited. Students are free to focus their studies in an area of concentration or may take a variety of optional courses without focusing on any particular area of law. Two "Areas of Concentration" are offered for students who want formal recognition of particular areas of interest. Students who complete an Area of Concentration will have this noted on their transcripts. Western Law offers two Areas of Concentration:
Western Law is proud of its tradition of excellence in the business law field and its reputation is strengthened with the formalization of this area of concentration. The area of concentration consists of four modules, each with a number of specific courses: Mandatory Courses, Commercial and Insolvency Law, Business Law Electives, and The Global Environment.
Western Law is a leader in this expanding area with an extensive program of courses taught by full-time faculty engaged in related research. The area also plays host to many distinguished speakers and visitors each year and is well supported by several law firms specializing in intellectual property, information and technology law.
Western Law has two joint programs with the Richard Ivey School of Business, one of the top-ranked business schools in the world. The JD/MBA program and the JD/HBA program are limited-enrolment programs designed for women and men who envision a career in areas in which business and law interact.
Applications to the JD/MBA should be submitted to both programs separately.
The application to the JD is available at the Ontario Law School Application Service
The application to the MBA is available on the Richard Ivey School of Business website
Application to the following combined programs should be made directly to the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law by May 1st, 2014 using the combined degree application form.
Students may enter a combined degree program after completing three years of an undergraduate degree in one of the above programs.
Western Law also offers two combined degree programs in conjunction with exchange partner institutions.
The University of Western Ontario and l’Université Laval offer students the opportunity to obtain both a common law degree and a civil law degree in four years of study at both institutions. The Western/Laval joint program allows students to become proficient in the other official language and have access to membership in both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec.
Western Law has an international combined degree program with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Students who participate in an exchange term may apply for the Western/Groningen combined program, allowing them to earn an JD from Western Law and an LL.M. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen.
Western students may choose from four LL.M. programs in Groningen: European Law, International Law and the Law of International Organizations, International and European Comparative Private Law, and International Economic and Business Law. The first and second of these programs can also be completed with a specialization in human rights.Application documents required:
The Law School Admission Test is required for all applicants to first-year law.
Registration for the LSAT should be made on-line at LSAC.org
A score of 160 or above is considered a competitive score for applicants to combined programs.
For all combined programs June LSAT scores (written after the third year of undergraduate study) are accepted for Fall admission. However, applicants are encouraged to write the LSAT earlier if possible given the nature of the rolling admissions process.
All applicants to first year must submit a personal statement with the application. The personal statement should be up to a maximum of 6000 characters (including spaces).
A personal statement allows you to expand on information provided on the application, to identify strengths in academics and other achievements, to outline the choice of undergraduate program and how it has prepared you for the study of law, and to explain your interest in the study of law.
The personal statement also provides the opportunity to highlight significant achievements or events, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work or paid work experience.
While review of your personal statement by others is acceptable, the statement should be written by you alone.