PhD Required Application Documents

Application Form

Please go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Online Application. The application form may be completed on-line and payment made by credit card, or the application form may be printed and submitted with a cheque. Application fees for the September 2017 intake are:

  • Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $100.00
  • International Applicants: (CDN) $162.00

If paying by cheque, bank draft or money order, please direct payment to “UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.”

Supporting Documents

The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts, English translations of transcripts (if applicable), TOEFL/IELTS to their application forms.  Photographs of documents taken using a cellular device, digital camera or sent by fax are not acceptable.  Please do not send original hard copy documents to our office at this time, if you are offered admission to the Graduate Program you will be provided with information on where to submit your hard copy original documents in order to complete the admissions process.

1) Curriculum Vitae

Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

2) University transcripts

The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts and proof of degree conferral, please include the marking guide from the corresponding university.  If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide an official English language translation.  For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.

Photographs of documents taken using a cellular device, digital camera or sent by fax are not acceptable.  Please do not send original hard copy documents to our office at this time, if you are offered admission to the Graduate Program you will be provided with information on where to submit your hard copy original documents in order to complete the admissions process.

3) English Language Requirements

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. The examining body must send results directly to the Graduate Program in the Allard School of Law. Please consult Graduate Studies for further information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements. The Graduate Program in Law requires:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 100, of which the reading, listening and writing component minimum is 75.  Please indicate that our institution code is:  0965 and department code is 03.
  • IELTS: minimum overall band of 7.0 with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0.
  • GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

Note that while UBC’s English Language Institute offers an Intensive English Program designed to prepare students for graduate study in English, the Faculty still requires students who complete the program or others like it to demonstrate proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations.

Please arrange to have a hard copy original of your test scores forwarded by the testing centre to Joanne Chung, Graduate Program Advisor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

4) Dissertation Proposal

PhD degrees in the Allard School of Law at UBC are dissertation-based degrees involving original research. Dissertation (PhD) proposals form an important part of the admissions process and help to guide the assignment of supervisors and supervisory committees and are a mandtory part of the application.  A proposal should outline a research project that could reasonably lead to a  dissertation that makes an original scholarly contribution in the chosen field of legal study. The PhD dissertation proposal approximately 10 pages (2,500 words), excluding bibliography. Clarity of expression is important.  Please upload your thesis proposal under "Experience and Interests".

Introduction

  • an explanation of the problem you seek to address and of your working hypothesis

Literature Review

  • a clear scholarly justification for your proposed research, which sets it in the context of relevant scholarly literatures and explains how your proposed work will make an original contribution

Theory and Research Methodology

  • an explanation of the body of theory that informs your research problem and your method for exploring the proposed research problem

Preliminary Bibliography

  • a list of 10-20 scholarly books and articles that informs your approach to the research problem

5) Proposed Dissertation Supervisors

All applicants must submit a list indicating your first and second choice for a thesis supervisor, this list should be uploaded to your application form.  There is no need to secure a thesis supervisor nor is it is necessary to contact potential thesis supervisors prior to submission of an application as many faculty members prefer that applicatons are referred by the Graduate Committee for their review.

For information about faculty members at the Allard School of Law, please review the faculty member profiles.  Please note that the willingness of a faculty member to supervise does not guarantee admission; the decision about whether to recommend admission remains with the Graduate Committee.  However, the Allard School of Law will not admit students to the PhD program without a faculty member, whose research interests match that of the applicant, agreeing to supervise. 

6) Letters of reference

The Graduate Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which (and preferably two) should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.  PhD applicants are required to include a letter of reference from their LLM supervisor as one of their referees.

Please forward your dissertation proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.

If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses for each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting their letters of reference.  Please note that the on-line application system does not recognize public email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc. If your referee only has access to a public email provider, or they are unable to submit their reference letters using the on-line system, they will have to arrange to submit their letters of reference in hard copy format to our office, kindly refer to the letter of reference section of the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for detailed instructions:  http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/letters-reference

NOTE:  Only letters submitted using through the on-line applicaton system or in hard copy format submitted to our ofice will be accepted.  Letters of reference that are emailed to our office will not be accepted as original.

We ask that you encourage your referees to submit their letters uing the on-line system as this is the quickest way for our office to receive letters of reference.  As soon as letter of reference is uploaded to the system, a notification is sent to the applicant.

7. Immigration Documents

Permanent residents must provide a clear copy of the front and back of their Permanent Resident Card or other official permanent resident documentation.

Do NOT send hard copy original documents to the Graduate Program in Law office.

If you require assistance, please contact Ms. Joanne Chung, the Graduate Program Administrator by phone (604) 822-6449 or by e-mail graduates@allard.ubc.ca.