LL.M in Criminal Law and Procedure

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

Program Overview

The last 25 years have marked a period of revolutionary change within criminal law. This practice area seems to be growing ever more pervasive, with the proliferation of new crimes and quasi-criminal regulatory offences: corruption, enterprise and transnational crime, and global terrorism are blurring the distinctions drawn by national borders and between criminal law, corporate/regulatory law and matters of national security.

This immensely popular and rigorous two year, part-time program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the pressing and challenging issues affecting the Canadian criminal justice system. Students will examine the historical roots of the institutions and practices to current social science and doctrinal approaches to them.

Degree requirements

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits. There are two options for completing this degree:


Option I: Coursework and Major Research Paper [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Criminal Law and Procedure [18 credits];
  • 12 additional credits of coursework, at least 6 of which must be courses from the Criminal Law and Procedure-related electives;
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) in the Criminal Law and Procedure field [6 credits]; and
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop. Please note that this will not count towards the 36 credits required to complete the degree.

Option II: Coursework Only [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Criminal Law and Procedure [18 credits];
  • 18 additional credits of coursework, at least 12 of which must be courses from the Criminal Law and Procedure-related electives; and
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation for one of the Criminal Law and Procedure required courses or related electives.

The Advanced Legal Research Workshop is not required for students writing a Significant Research Paper but is strongly recommended in order for students to review writing and research skills.


Courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Videoconferencing is available for most courses, although occasional in-person attendance in Toronto is required (refer to the schedule for specific details on each course).

Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.

Duration & Format

Program Duration


The Criminal Law and Procedure LLM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.


1. Part-time Criminal Law and Procedure 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 coursework only. There is no thesis requirement and your progress and performance is evaluated through papers, presentations and take-home assignments. Each LLM 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

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.