Q&A - Future Students
Have you been admitted to the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law?
You will soon join those who are attending or have attended one of Canada’s top law schools. Your education in law is an important step toward an exciting, diverse career!
Here are answers to questions you may have before the first day of school.
I received an offer of admission. What do I do next?
A deposit is required to accept the offer of admission. What is it for? Is it refundable?
Every year, the number of applications for admission received exceeds the number of places available. Only a limited number of students receive an offer of admission, and you are among them. The deposit reserves your spot for admission in fall 2020.
The deposit is non-refundable, but it will be applied as a credit to your fall tuition.
I am not sure I want to study law right away.
If I want to defer registering for the program, do I have to submit a new application for admission?
You will have to submit a new application, which will go through the regular process. The Faculty does not admit students for the winter trimester, because fall trimester courses are prerequisites for winter trimester courses. Furthermore, you have been admitted based on your current file. If you submit a new application in a few months or years, we will need to evaluate your file as it stands at that time and compare it against a new cohort.
Do you offer entrance scholarships? What do I need to do to receive one?
The Faculty offers entrance scholarships of $1,500 to all college students admitted to the Bachelor of Laws for the fall trimester with an R Score of 35* or more, as well as to the top university students once their file has been reviewed by a university student entrance scholarship awards committee.
Students do not need to submit an application to receive a scholarship. The scholarship is automatically paid out in $750 installments, one in the fall trimester (October) and one in the winter trimester (February) to full-time students. The Faculty will contact these students by email at the beginning of the trimester.
*The exact score may vary year to year depending on the number of students admitted and the amount available.
I studied in English. Do I need to take a French test?
To be admitted, applicants must attest to having knowledge of French that reflects the Université de Montréal’s standards.
To do this, applicants must:
Have passed the Épreuve uniforme de langue et littérature française from the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec
Or have scored 785/990 on the Test de français international (TFI). The Admissions Department will send you information about the test.
Centre de communication écrite, SAÉ (Written Communication Centre, Student Services) – In French
When and how do I select my courses?
Students admitted for fall 2020 can register online as of May 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Toward the end of April, you will receive a letter that explains the registration process
Before being able to register online, students must have:
- Responded to the offer of admission by the date indicated on the notice of admission (see first question)
- Pay the deposit online by Visa or MasterCard. You can also pay the deposit in person at the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Pavillon J.A.-DeSève, 2332 Boul. Édouard-Montpetit, 3rd floor.
These two steps must be processed by the registrar for students to be authorized to register, giving them access to online registration on May 5.
Students who have never taken a law course in the Faculty of Continuing Education or at another university:
The first year, students must register for all required courses in a single section. The first-year cohort is divided into five groups, and students remain registered in the same section, so they can study with the same group of students throughout the year.
Beginning May 6, new students will have access to the Student Centre to register for all courses for fall 2020 and winter 2021, which will confirm your place. Students have to be registered for 17 course credits in the fall and 18 course credits in the winter.
Beginning May 31, students who have not registered will be considered to have withdrawn, and their applicant files will be closed.
Students who have already taken law courses in the Faculty of Continuing Education or at another university:
You must register for all courses for which you have not requested credit recognition, first for 70A block (level 1000) courses, then for 70B block (level 2000) courses. As needed, you complete your registration with optional courses (level 3000).
You will receive an email in May that sets out the process for equivalency recognition. The necessary information will be sent to you.
Note: The Faculty does not recognize equivalencies for CEGEP level law courses.
When do courses start?
Courses start the week of Monday, August 24, 2020. That week, all first-year students will take DRT-1001 - Initiation au droit (Introduction to Law).
What does the class schedule look like? How many hours of weekly class time are involved in the program?
Classes take place during the day, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Some classes may be scheduled at the end of the afternoon. To see this year’s class schedule, visit the Étudiants actuels (Current Students) section of the website.
Can I study part time?
The regular pathway for students is three years, full time, to obtain 101 credits. First-year students are registered full time. Second and third years can take longer under certain circumstances. The maximum timeline to complete studies is seven years from the time you register for the first course.
I work during the week. Can I keep working?
Law school is demanding. It is up to students to decide whether or not to continue working.
When can I visit the Faculty?
A welcome reception, organized by the law students association (Association des étudiants et étudiantes en droit (AED)), will be held the third week of August, one week before school starts. You will receive information about it during the summer.
Do I need to buy a laptop? If yes, what brand do you suggest?
The Faculty has a computer lab, so you do not need to own a laptop.
I won’t be in Québec this summer. I have moved. What do I do?
Stay in touch! It is important to let us know of any changes to your contact information via the student portal.