LL.M in Canadian Common Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: January; September
  • Tuition Fee: 25,000 - 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 2 years
  • Specialization: Legal Practice; Common Law
  • Application deadline: September 13, 2017,
    February 28, 2018,
    April 11, 2018

Overview

Whether you have a common or civil law degree from outside Canada or a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian university, if your goal is to become licensed to practise common law in Canada, this program was designed with you in mind. This program offers you the unique opportunity to study and network with other internationally trained lawyers, experienced professionals studying in the other LLM programs, and Canadian JD students.

 

In this program, you’ll take core courses in Canadian common law topics and have a wide range of elective options. The core courses are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).

 

The NCA assesses the academic and professional credentials of candidates who wish to apply for admission to the bar of any Canadian common law province. If you are an internationally trained lawyer and are interested in practising law in Canada, we recommend that you contact the NCA before applying to the LLM program, so that you know what courses you are required to take. As part of the Osgoode community, you’ll benefit from academic and career supports to help you achieve your goals.

 

Note: Completing the Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law does not automatically entitle you to practise law in Canada or to be admitted to the Bar of a Canadian province or territory. Consult the NCA or your provincial/territorial law society for more information.

 

Degree requirements

 

 

Coursework only:

 

 


Coursework plus research paper:

 

 

  • At least 18 credits from Canadian Common Law core courses, plus remaining credits from other LLM specialization course offerings and/or upper year JD courses
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) or an Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages)
  • See the courses here.

 

 

Duration & Format

Program Duration

The  Canadian Common Law LLM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

1. Part-time Canadian Common Law LLM: Part-time students can complete the specialization over two years (6 credits per term over six terms). 

 

2. Full-time Canadian Common Law LLM: Full-time students complete the specialization in one year (12 credits per term over three terms). 

 

Program Format

The Canadian Common Law specialization is designed to give full-time and part-time students the flexibility to select courses to fufil their NCA requirements and fit their schedules. Courses in the Canadian Common Law specialization require in-person attendance and are scheduled in a variety of formats (daytime, evening, weekend and intensive) across both Osgoode Hall and OsgoodePD campuses. New full-time and part-time students are admitted in the Fall and Winter terms. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Major Research Paper. Elective courses can be drawn from Osgoode Hall’s JD specialization and from other OsgoodePD LLM specializations (subject to space availability). 

More information on Canadian Common Law Course Planning

Program Starts & Deadlines

Program Start
International/Visa Applicants: Winter 2018
Applications Due: July 12, 2017

Program Start
Domestic Applicants: Winter 2018
Applications Due: September 13, 2017

Program Start
International/Visa Applicants: Fall 2018
Applications Due: February 28, 2018

Program Start
Domestic Applicants: Fall 2018
Applications Due: April 11, 2018

 

 

 

Part-time

Full-Time

Domestic Applicants with a Canadian law degree or licensed to practice in Canada

Fall, Winter or Summer Term

Fall, Winter or Summer Term

Domestic Applicants with a law degree from outside of Canada who are not licensed to practice in Canada

Fall or Winter Term*

*Students must take a foundational preparatory course that runs every August and January and requires in person attendance.

Fall Term*

*Students are required to arrive in Toronto in mid-July for preparatory courses and orientation.

International Applicants

Fall or Winter Term*

*Students must take a foundational preparatory course that runs every August and January and requires in person attendance.

Fall Term*

*International students are required to arrive in Toronto in mid-July for preparatory courses and orientation.