LL.M in Constitutional Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Fall; Winter
  • Tuition Fee: 25,000 - 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Learning distance
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specialization: Public Law
  • Application deadline: October 11, 2017,
    May 09, 2018

Program Overview

From theory to human rights and the Charter to Aboriginal issues, this specialization explores areas of importance in Canadian constitutional law, and comparative perspectives of the constitutional law of other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty including academics, practitioners and Judges, students will develop an understanding of constitutional law that is unique and unparalleled in Canada.


This specialization is available for:


  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in constitutional law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in government or public sector roles and a solid understanding of foundational constitutional principles. Such individuals who wish to develop an advanced knowledge of Canadian constitutional law

Degree requirements

Option I: Coursework and Major Research Paper


  • The required courses for Constitutional Law
  • 21 additional credits of coursework, at least 15  of which must be courses from the Constitutional Law-related electives
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) in the Constitutional Law field
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop.


Option II: Coursework Only


  • The required courses for Constitutional Law
  • 27 additional credits of coursework, at least 21 of which must be courses from the Constitutional Law-related electives
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation for one of the Constitutional Law required courses or related electives

See the courses here.


Total credits needed: 36


Note that students without a law degree from a Canadian institution are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Duration & Format

Program Duration


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


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


Program Format


This two-year, part-time degree requires completion of 36 credits obtained through coursework and a Major Research Paper, or a combination of coursework and a Significant Research Paper.

You won’t have to commit to a thesis; your progress and performance will be evaluated through papers, presentations and take-home assignments. Each LLM course incorporates a research requirement, which is typically evaluated on the basis of one or more papers. 

Program Starts & Deadlines

Program Start: Winter 2018
Applications Due: October 11, 2017

Program Start: Fall 2018
Applications Due: May 9, 2018

Tuition fees

The 2017/2018 tuition, which includes both years of the Professional LLM program and required course materials, is $24,132.02 for domestic students and $35,537.70 for international students, plus supplementary and additional fees.