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Osgoode Adopts New Admissions Policy

March 19, 2007 – Osgoode Hall Law School’s Faculty Council today approved a new Admissions Policy that addresses its goals of excellence and equity. (Please see attached "Notice of Motion, As Amended" and "Admissions Committee Report.")

The new policy combines the existing four categories of admission – Regular, Special, Access and Mature – into one General category, and also retains an Aboriginal category of admission into the Law School.

“Admission decisions will be based on a holistic set of criteria including undergraduate Grade-Point Average (GPA) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as well as other relevant factors,” said Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan.

Osgoode Associate Dean Allan Hutchinson, chair of the Admissions Committee composed of faculty and students that spent the past two years examining the Law School’s admissions policy and procedure, said the new policy will advance the School’s efforts “to admit the best entering class that it can.” He added that the new policy can be administered effectively and fairly with the available resources in the Law School, and it has the widest range of support among the Law School community.

“This is the first major change in Osgoode’s admissions policy and procedure since the 1980s and it incorporates best practices in law school admissions from leading law schools across North America,” Hutchinson said.

In order to operationalize the shift to a General category of applications, the Admissions Committee has developed a series of detailed criteria by which applicants’ files will be read and assessed, Hutchinson noted. In addition, the Law School’s application form has been thoroughly revised. The new admissions policy and procedure, which will require the approval of York University’s Senate, will take effect starting with students who apply to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program in the Fall of 2008 for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Hutchinson added that the Law School’s new Mission Statement will serve to guide the Admissions Committee in its selection of ‘the best entering class.’ The new Mission Statement reads, in part, as follows:

“Osgoode Hall Law School’s admissions policy and procedure stress excellence and equity. We admit an outstanding class of students whose academic abilities, varied experiences, and sustained engagement make a continuing social and intellectual contribution to the Law School, the legal profession and the community.”

The new admissions policy and procedure is the culmination of a two-year process of discussion and review that included a report from an independent review panel of three experts chaired by Mr. Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Notice of Motion As Amended.pdfAdmissions Committee Report.pdf