LL.M in Health Law

  • 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: Medical Law
  • Application deadline: May 09, 2018

Program Overview

Health law is a dynamic and rapidly growing field, presenting a wide range of practice opportunities and intellectual challenges. The legal issues are increasingly numerous and complex, as regulation of health professionals, institutions and the health care system as a whole continues to intensify. This specialization examines major areas where law and health intersect, including the organization of the Canadian health care system, bioethics, mental health law, professional governance, malpractice, intellectual property, information technology and privacy in health law, human rights and globalization, health facilities law, pharmaceutical regulation, biotechnology and comparative health


This specialization is available for:


  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in health law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in the health care sector and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of health law for professional purpose.

Degree requirements

Option I: Coursework and Major Research Paper

  • The required courses for Health Law
  • 24 additional credits of coursework, at least 18 of which must be courses from the Health Law specialization
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) in the Health Law field
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop


Option II: Coursework Only


  • The required courses for Health Law
  • 30 additional credits of coursework, at least 24 of which must be courses from the Health Law specialization
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation for one of the courses in the Health Law specialization

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


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


Program Format

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals located across Canada and abroad, all courses in this specialization are available via video conferencing and are structured as either weekly evening sessions or 3-5 day intensives. The Health Law specialization is a cohort based specialization where courses progressively build upon one another. New students are only accepted into the specialization once every three years. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Major Research Paper.

Program Starts & Deadlines

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