ABA Approved Law Schools in Canada

Last Updated on September 6, 2022 by Ngefechukwu Maduka

The ABA is the authority and accrediting body that all of the top US law schools and many others look to when determining if they will accept your JD. While more than 20 Canadian law schools are approved by the ABA, not every school in Canada is on this list. If you want to practice in the USA, you want to attend an ABA approved school so your degree will be eligible for transfer.

Gaining access to the right information on the internet can be hard, so we at Collegelearners are here to help you by providing you with the best and updated information in the article below on ABA-accredited law schools online, ABA-approved foreign law schools. Read on to learn more.

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ABA-Approved Law Schools

Number of Law Schools

The Council has accredited and approved 199 institutions and programs that confer the first degree in law (the J.D. degree); one of these law schools is provisionally approved.

Also on the approved list is the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, which offers only the LL.M. degree. While the Council’s scope of accrediting authority does not permit it to formally accredit any non-J.D. degree program, it has continuously reviewed this special program since 1958 to ascertain its compliance with the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools that are relevant to its specialized program. The Council appreciates the opportunity to continue to provide this review and support to this distinctive and important program.

What You Need to Know About Law School in America
A
AKRON (1961)
ALABAMA (1926)
ALBANY (1930)
AMERICAN (1940)
APPALACHIAN (2001)
ARIZONA (1930)
ARIZONA STATE (1969)
ARKANSAS – Fayetteville (1926)
ARKANSAS – Little Rock (1969)
ATLANTA’S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL (2005)
AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW (2002)

B
BALTIMORE (1972)
BARRY UNIVERSITY (2002)
BAYLOR (1931)
BELMONT UNIVERSITY (2013)
BOSTON COLLEGE (1932)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY (1925)
BRIGHAM YOUNG (1974)
BROOKLYN (1937)

C
CALIFORNIA – Berkeley (1923)
CALIFORNIA – Davis (1968)
CALIFORNIA – Hastings (1939)
CALIFORNIA – Irvine
(2011)
CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles (1950)
CALIFORNIA WESTERN (1962)
CAMPBELL (1979)
CAPITAL (1950)
CASE WESTERN RESERVE (1923)
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA (1925)
CHAPMAN (1998)
CHARLESTON (2006)
CHICAGO (1923)
CHICAGO-KENT (1936)
CINCINNATI (1923)
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (1985)
CLEVELAND STATE (1957)
COLORADO (1923)
COLUMBIA (1923)
CONNECTICUT (1933)
CORNELL(1923)
CREIGHTON (1924)

D
DAYTON (1975)
DENVER (1923)
DePAUL (1925)
DETROIT MERCY (1933)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1991) DRAKE (1923)
DREXEL (2008)
DUKE (1931)
DUQUESNE (1960)

E
ELON (2008)
EMORY(1923)

F
FAULKNER (2006) 
FLORIDA (1925) FLORIDA A&M (2004)
FLORIDA COASTAL (1999)
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (2004)
FLORIDA STATE (1968)
FORDHAM (1936)

G
GEORGE MASON (1980)
GEORGETOWN (1924)
GEORGE WASHINGTON (1923)
GEORGIA (1930) GEORGIA STATE (1984)
GOLDEN GATE (1956)
GONZAGA (1951)

H
HARVARD (1923)
HAWAII (1974)
HOFSTRA (1971)
HOUSTON (1950)
HOWARD (1931)

I
IDAHO (1925)
ILLINOIS (1923)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY – Bloomington (1923)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY – Indianapolis (1944)
INTER-AMERICAN (1969)
IOWA (1923)

J
UIC JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL (1951)
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S SCHOOL (1958)

K
KANSAS (1923)
KENTUCKY (1925)

L
LA VERNE (2006-2011; 2012)**
LIBERTY (2006)
LINCOLN MEMORIAL (2014)
LEWIS AND CLARK (1970)
LOUISIANA STATE (1926)
LOUISVILLE (1931)
LOYOLA – Chicago (1925)
LOYOLA – Los Angeles (1935) 
LOYOLA – New Orleans (1931) 

M
MAINE (1962)
MARQUETTE (1925)
MARYLAND (1930)
MASSACHUSETTS (2012)
MCGEORGE (1969)
MEMPHIS (1965)
MERCER (1925)
MIAMI (1941)
MICHIGAN STATE (1941)
MICHIGAN (1923)
MINNESOTA (1923)
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE (1980)
MISSISSIPPI (1930)
MISSOURI (1923)
MISSOURI – Kansas City (1936)
MITCHELL | HAMLINE (2015)
(formerly William Mitchell-1938; Hamline-1975)
MONTANA (1923) 
N
NEBRASKA (1923) 
NEVADA (2000) 
NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON (1969)
NEW MEXICO (1948)
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1974) (formerly Franklin Pierce)
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL (1954)
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (1930)
NORTH CAROLINA (1923)
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (1950)
NORTH DAKOTA (1923)
NORTHEASTERN (1969)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1978)
NORTHERN KENTUCKY (1954)
NORTHWESTERN (1923)
NOTRE DAME (1925)
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN (1975)

O
OHIO NORTHERN (1948)
OHIO STATE (1923)
OKLAHOMA (1923)
OKLAHOMA CITY (1960)
OREGON (1923)

P
PACE (1978)
PENNSYLVANIA (1923)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE-Dickinson Law (1931)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE-Penn State Law (1931)
PEPPERDINE (1972)
PITTSBURGH (1923)
PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC OF PUERTO RICO (1967)
PUERTO RICO (1945)

Q
QUINNIPIAC (1992) 

R
REGENT (1989)
RICHMOND (1928)
ROGER WILLIAMS (1995)
RUTGERS (1941)

S
ST. JOHN’S (1937) 
SAINT LOUIS (1924)
ST. MARY’S (1948)
ST. THOMAS (Florida) (1988)
ST. THOMAS (Minnesota) (2003)
SAMFORD (1949)
SAN DIEGO (1961)
SAN FRANCISCO (1935)
SANTA CLARA (1937)
SEATTLE (1994)
SETON HALL (1951)
SOUTH CAROLINA (1925)
SOUTH DAKOTA (1923)
SOUTH TEXAS-HOUSTON (1959)
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (1953)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (1924)
 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (1974)
SOUTHERN METHODIST (1927) SOUTHWESTERN (1970)
STANFORD (1923)
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK-Buffalo (1936)
STETSON (1930)
SUFFOLK (1953)
SYRACUSE (1923)

T
TEMPLE (1933)
TENNESSEE (1925)
TEXAS (1923)
TEXAS A&M (1994)
formerly Texas Wesleyan)
TEXAS SOUTHERN (1949)
TEXAS TECH (1969)
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1996)** TOLEDO (1939)
TOURO (1983)
TULANE (1925)
TULSA (1950)

U
UNT Dallas (2017)+UTAH (1927) 

V
VANDERBILT (1925)
VERMONT (1975)
VILLANOVA (1954)
VIRGINIA (1923)

W
WAKE FOREST (1936)
WASHBURN (1923)
WASHINGTON AND LEE (1923)
WASHINGTON (1924)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (1923)
WAYNE STATE (1937)
WMU THOMAS M. COOLEY (1975) 
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND (1974)
WESTERN STATE (1998-2004; 2005)
WEST VIRGINIA (1923) 
WIDENER-Delaware (1975) 
WIDENER-Commonwealth (1988)
WILLAMETTE (1938)
WILLIAM AND MARY (1932)
WISCONSIN (1923)
WYOMING (1923)

Y
YALE (1923)
YESHIVA (1978)

Law Schools in Canada Ranking

Once you have passed the LSAT, you are ready to apply to law school. The LSAC can assist you in this endeavor, and some ABA-accredited law schools require that you use services provided by the LSAC when applying. This list shows you which services are required or recommended by ABA-accredited law schools.

Legal Training in Canada

The responsibility for legal training in Canada is shared between the nation’s law schools and the law societies of the various provinces. Law schools are institutions of higher learning dedicated to the study of law as a legal discipline; provincial law societies are charged with assuring that legal services are provided to the public by qualified lawyers. Law societies operate the bar admission courses and continuing education programs for lawyers.

Most law schools share a common approach to training lawyers but differ in the emphasis they give to certain subjects and teaching methods, such as opportunities for independent study, clinical experience, legal internships, and involvement with government affairs. Many schools offer joint degrees as well; they may combine the law degree with other disciplines, such as business or public policy.

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ABA Approved Law Schools in Canada

The Barreau du Quebec requires that you graduate from a French civil law school in order to become a licensed lawyer in Quebec. Approved law schools include:

  • Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ottawa, Ontario
  • University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
  • McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec
  • Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Quebec

Other provincial law societiesrequire that you graduate from a Canadian common-law university. All schools below except McGill University are common-law schools.

Law schools in Canada include:

  • Alberta:
    • University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Edmonton
    • University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Calgary
  • British Columbia:
    • University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver
    • University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Victoria
  • Manitoba:
    • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Winnipeg
  • New Brunswick:
    • University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law, Fredericton
  • Nova Scotia:
    • Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax
  • Nunavut:
    • No law schools
  • Ontario:
    • Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston
    • Western University, Canada, London
    • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ottawa
    • University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto
    • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto
    • University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Windsor
  • Quebec:
    • McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal
  • Saskatchewan:
    • University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law, Saskatoon

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Admission to the Bar in Canada

In order to be admitted to the practice of law, the requirement in most provinces is that:

  • a candidate possess a law degree from a recognized law school, and
  • a candidate serve a period of apprenticeship as an Articling Clerk under the supervision of a qualified member of the Bar in the province.

Articling usually involves working on a full-time basis with modest pay as a clerk in a law firm, a court, or the legal department of the government or a corporation. The length of this articling clerkship varies from ten months to one year, depending on the province. Each provincial law society also administers a bar admission course or set of bar admission examinations that must be completed successfully before a candidate may be admitted to the provincial bar. Bar admission courses and examinations cover a wide range of topics. Their emphasis is generally on practical knowledge and skills. The evaluations in these programs are designed to ensure that new members possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude expected of an entry-level lawyer in a competent and professional practice. Ontario has recently introduced a companion program to Articling. Known as the Legal Practice Program (LPP), it consists of a period of post-JD full-time skills-based study, together with a period of internship in a legal setting. At the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University, which has a particular mandate to train lawyers for northern, rural, and Canadian Aboriginal/Indigenous practice, the JD program has been given special accreditation to incorporate the LPP with the JD program itself with the completion of extra credits during the JD. For more information, contact The Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Bar admission in Quebec usually requires graduation from a civil law school, followed by a term attending Bar School, and a period completing the Stage, which is the civil law equivalent to Articling.

Bar admission procedures and bar admission exams are being monitored and reevaluated in Canada. One should always contact the law society in the particular province concerning the structure and format of its individual course and examination prior to graduation from law school. 

How Law Schools select applicants

In the last few years, between 5,000 and 7,000 applicants have completed for approximately 2,350 first-year places in Canada’s common-law schools. Admission committees are faced with denying admission to many well-qualified applicants due to limited space and resources. All law schools consider a variety of factors in admitting students, and no single qualification by itself will guarantee acceptance or rejections. In order to be fair, schools rely heavily on selection criteria that includes the LSAT and academic achievements that relate to expected performance in law school and can be applied to all candidates.

Paying for your Legal Education

Legal education is becoming significantly more expensive in Canada. Many law schools charge a differential fee. Tuition costs at Canadian law schools in 2018–2019 are expected to be between $7,000 and $34,000 per year. Depending upon the location of the school and the student’s lifestyle, housing and other living expenses may add an additional $10,000 to $20,000 per academic year.

Financial assistance is available. Federal government-sponsored loan programs provide most of the funds. Canadian students and landed immigrants may apply in their home provinces for loans under the Canada Student Loans Program. Most provinces also provide nonrepayable bursaries or provincial loans; however, these rarely cover all educational expenses. Most Canadian law schools also award a limited number of scholarships and bursaries.

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Law School Program Definitions

Dual Program – combined completion of a J.D./LL.B. plus a J.D./LL.B. from another university.

Joint Program –  combined completion of a J.D./LL.B. plus a degree from another discipline within the same university, either undergraduate or graduate.

One Year Program – a one year J.D./LL.B. for graduates of Canadian civil law programs

Online Resources

  • Applying to Ontario Law SchoolsImportant Information
  • Black Law Students Association of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • CanLII: The Canadian Legal Information Institute makes available primary sources of Canadian law, gathering legislative and judicial texts as well as legal commentaries from federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions.
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada: The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is responsible for regulating Canada’s 95,000 lawyers and Québec’s 3,500 notaries in the public interest.
  • Indigenous Bar Association
  • NALPCanada.com: The Association for Legal Career Professionals’ Canadian site provides the user-friendly Canadian Directory of Legal Employers (CDLE).

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