LL.M in Dispute Resolution

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Fall
  • Tuition Fee: 25,000 - 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specialization: Resolution
  • Application deadline: May 09, 2018

Program Overview

This highly lauded specialization balances theory and practice to create a unique learning experience. Students have the chance to step outside the existing limitations of traditional conflict resolution processes and explore new approaches to resolving disputes. Students will explore: underlying causes of conflict among people and organizations, examine the methods available to resolve conflicts, learn to function more effectively when resolving conflict as a representative or a neutral, and improve their analysis, problem-solving and negotiation skills.


This specialization is available for:


  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in dispute resolution.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of relevant senior work experience and wish to develop an advanced academic and practical understanding of dispute resolution for professional purposes.

Degree requirements

Required courses: 

  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution
  • The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution

Elective courses:

  • See the list here.

A Major Research Paper or Major Research Project 


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 Dispute resolution LLM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.


1. Part-time Dispute resolution LLM 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 through coursework only.

There is no thesis requirement and your progress and performance is evaluated through short papers, presentations and take-home assignments. Each LLM incorporates a research requirement, which is typically evaluated on the basis of one or more papers. 

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. Tuition is subject to change without notice. 

Program Starts & Deadlines

Program Start: Fall 2017
Applications Due: May 10, 2017

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