LLM Degree Requirements

The LLM program is thesis-based, offering supervision in a wide range of areas, including Aboriginal, commercial, constitutional, criminal and human rights law (please see the list of Faculty Research Areas for the full range of areas in which research supervision may be available). It is a full-time program and extends for about 12-16 months, providing time to pursue advanced, high-quality research. Students are required to be in residence for at least the first 12 months and are encouraged to remain in residence until all degree requirements are completed. Students must take at least three courses (9 credit units), including Law 828.3 (Graduate Jurisprudence Seminar). In consultation with their supervisors, LLM students will select two other courses from a range of subject areas in the College of Law (see the list of approved courses below). It may also be possible for graduate students to carry out an individual directed research project under the supervision of a faculty member or to take a graduate course offered by another college or one of three interdisciplinary graduate schools. The college will work with you to develop a course list suited to your specific needs. 

Students are also required to register in LAW 990 (Seminar) and Law 994 (Thesis) throughout their time in the program. Students are required to attend meetings of the LAW 990 seminar during their minimum residence period (i.e. during the first year) and strongly encouraged to attend thereafter. All students give an initial 990 seminar presentation on their thesis topic during the first year and a final 990 seminar presentation just prior to defending their thesis.

The major focus of the LLM program is on the completion of a thesis of approximately 80-100 pages in length, which must be the product of significant and original research and writing on an approved topic. The thesis is written under the supervision of a designated faculty member and an appointed advisory committee. An oral examination before this committee and an external examiner are also required. 


Degree Requirements:

  • a minimum of 9 credit units including LAW 828.3
  • with the supervisor’s and Graduate Director’s approval, one of the required courses may be taken outside the College of Law in an associated discipline
  • LAW 990 (Seminar) & 994 (Thesis)
  • GSR 960.0 and GSR 961.0 or GSR 962.0 if research involves human or animal subjects  
  • a minimum residency requirement of one year

Approved Graduate Courses in the College of Law:*

  • LAW 801.3/802.3 Advanced Studies in Aboriginal Rights I/II
  • LAW 805.3 Advanced Criminal Law Studies
  • LAW 806.3 Advanced Studies in Law and Culture
  • LAW 818.3 Advanced Sexual Assault Law
  • LAW 819.3 Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
  • LAW 823.3 Human Rights Seminar
  • LAW 828.3 Graduate Jurisprudence Seminar (mandatory course)
  • LAW 839.3 Canadian Legal History
  • LAW 858.3 Advanced Studies in Health Law
  • LAW 865.3 Advanced Seminar on Law Development and the International System
  • LAW 895.3 Individual Directed Research

* The above are courses that have been approved as permanent graduate course offerings in the College of Law, as of July 2013. Please note that some courses on this list may not be offered every year, and other courses are available with special approval.