Many Waterloo graduates become lawyers and we can help you with your first step to becoming a lawyer: earning an undergraduate degree. 

Most law schools require at least three years of university studies before applying. Waterloo's 100+ undergraduate programs are excellent preparation for law school and graduates practise in many different areas of law.

A pre law degree student on her laptop.

Legal Studies

Waterloo's Legal Studies degree provides an interdisciplinary understanding of law and the legal system. The program can be a great pathway to law school – and you'll gain important skills for careers in law, policy development, and research by taking classes in a variety of related areas:

  • English: learn about rhetoric and how it can help you make a case
  • Speech communication: improve your public speaking, interviewing, speech writing

How do you choose a pre-law degree?

Selecting a pre-law program comes down to which undergraduate program you'll most enjoy. Choose something that excites you and in which you'll do well academically. You can pick nearly any major and will need to complete at least three years of undergraduate studies, although many law schools prefer that you apply once you've completed your undergraduate degree.

Reviewing the admission requirements for Ontario's law schools will ensure that you properly prepare for applying to law school.   

We'll help you get there

LSAT prep and interview advice

Advisors in our Centre for Career Action can help you research law schools and the application process. Get one-on-one advice and tips for the LSAT along with how to do well in law school admissions interviews.

Meet law school representatives

Meet with representatives from professional and graduate programs at 90 universities in North America, Europe, and Australia when they visit Waterloo's campus for our annual further education information fair.

Meet other future lawyers

The Legal Studies Society is a student-run group that organizes law school information sessions, holds mock LSAT tests, and brings in guest speakers such as judges and lawyers to offer career insights.

Law School Admission Council

Learn about law schools in Canada, including an overview of the admissions process.


How long is law school in Canada?

It usually takes three years to complete law school. After graduating from high school, you'll complete at least three years of undergraduate studies before applying to law school. (Undergraduate studies are the first level of university studies out of high school and lead to a bachelor's degree, which normally takes three or four years).