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    • Faculty of Graduate Studies
    • Faculty of Law

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    • Master of Laws

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    Expected duration

    • 1 year

Program details

The Master of Laws is a full-time research degree focused on faculty-supervised research leading to a thesis, ideal for students who wish to deepen their legal knowledge and research skills and for those who are considering advancing to a PhD or undertaking careers in research, policy work or legal practice.

Master of Laws

Expected duration: One year

Tuition and fees: one year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

All students in the LLM must complete:

  • Graduate Seminar: Legal Research & Theory (LAW 7110)
  • Two elective courses
  • Major written research thesis

Sample course offerings:

  • LAW 3018: Human Rights Law (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3050: Commercial Law (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3070: Gender and Law (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3520: Taxation of Trusts and Estates (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3530: Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3336: Law and Popular Culture (3 credit hours)
  • LAW 3980: Law and Religion (3 credit hours)  
  • LAW 7120: Research Paper in Law (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Faculty of Law website.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Master of Laws program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you must have a minimum of:

  • A Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Laws or equivalent degree in law with a first or high upper second B+

Applicants normally hold a common law or Canadian civil law degree, but applications from those whose legal education has been in another legal system will be given full consideration.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applicants require a minimum score of 100 if submitting a TOEFL(iBT) test for the English language requirement.

How to apply

The Master of Laws program has only one application deadline per year, and applications are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • CV/Resumé
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application deadlines

Canada/US/International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2022 December 15, 2021 Apply

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Faculty of Law
306B Robson Hall
224 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-6130
Fax: 204-474-7580