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When I decided to apply for law school, I never thought it would be THIS expensive. Since I went on an exchange program during undergrad, I have to send a copy to every law school I am applying to, which is $50 USD a piece. I still have to send transcripts to: Calgary, TRU, Victoria, and Sask ($200 USD). 

I already sent one transcript to OLSAC. Does anyone know of some universities outside of Ontario that can access transcripts from OLSAC? Or even fax/email a photocopy of an official one either from my home institution or myself? Is it worth emailing law schools for an alternative option? Thought to check on here before I go ahead and order them.... 

Thanks in advance. 

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Your school outside Canada charges it NOT the law school you are applying to. 

You may also call the law schools to see if they accept transcript in alternate method. (I doubt it) 

Contact the school you attended to see if they can give you a volume discount. 

 

 

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I had to pay the equivalent of $600CAD when all was said and done (bank fees, conversion, transcripts charges) to get my exchange school to send them in from Spain. There is really no way around it and is unfortunately a required expense. I tried to look at roundabout ways but there really isn't as it is required to be sent directly from the school.

However, if the issuing school does not issue the transcript in English (mine were) and you have to have it submitted with a translation, check with the schools you are applying to to have it submitted through WES, as I know through my research and correspondence that some indeed did.

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Some schools allow an unofficial or self scanned transcript for applications, and only require the official one if they make you an offer they accept. 

 

Otherwise, asking the issuing school for a bulk rate is about your only option - non Ontario schools won't go through OLSAS by definition. 

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The way around it was to go to the student exchange office when you were there and request them to provide you copies with your marks. I did that for my exchange in Korea and received 30 copies, which I then packed in my suitcase. Total of like $30.00. For people who are on exchange, figure it out before you leave so you dont have to spend $600.

On 12/5/2017 at 6:37 PM, kiyak said:

I had to pay the equivalent of $600CAD when all was said and done (bank fees, conversion, transcripts charges) to get my exchange school to send them in from Spain. There is really no way around it and is unfortunately a required expense. I tried to look at roundabout ways but there really isn't as it is required to be sent directly from the school.

However, if the issuing school does not issue the transcript in English (mine were) and you have to have it submitted with a translation, check with the schools you are applying to to have it submitted through WES, as I know through my research and correspondence that some indeed did.

 

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It does not have to be sent by the school, it needs to be in a sealed envelope that is stamped at the crease by the school. As long as you submit a sealed envelope with the school stamp you are fine.

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Try reaching out to each school you're applying to. I did an exchange during my undergrad, and when I applied to Dalhousie I only needed an official/sealed transcript for my Canadian undergrad, along with a printout of my exchange transcript from their website to cross reference the credits.

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5 hours ago, aaronl said:

It does not have to be sent by the school, it needs to be in a sealed envelope that is stamped at the crease by the school. As long as you submit a sealed envelope with the school stamp you are fine.

This is not necessarily true and should not be relied on, for future readers. Many schools require the letter be sent directly from the issuing institution. Talk to the school you are applying to. 

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