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Faculty of Law provides graduate students with a quiet study space at the David T. Sgayias Centre and full access to the E.K. Williams Law Library. Both facilities are located on the Research and Graduate Studies floor of Faculty of Law.
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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.
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 that are required to submit proof of English proficiency may do so by achieving one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet based -iBT (100)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS™) (minimum overall band of 7.0 in the Academic Module with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0)
Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency based upon the submission of written work.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
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)
- Research proposal
- Statement of Intent
- Three letters of recommendation