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We encourage applicants to apply early as the admissions committee meets regularly to review complete files. Late applications are not considered for the Canadian Common Law or International Business Law and other full-time specializations. Subject to space availability, late applications may be considered for other specializations.

Below you’ll find information on applying to graduate degree programs through the York University application portal. If you’re interested in applying for Single Course Enrollment, you can find instructions on how to apply here.

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Submitting Your Online Application

Submit your application using York University’s Graduate Studies Online Application Process. A non-refundable application fee of $100CAD is required, payable by Visa or MasterCard.

On the ‘Goal of Study’ section, select:

  • The term in which your specialization is scheduled to begin
  • Part Time Studies or Full Time Studies*
  • “I wish to study toward a degree.”
  • Under the Degree Selection list a pop-up box will appear. Enter ‘LLM’ in the Search all Columns box on the top right corner.
  • Select the specialization you wish to apply to

*Note that Full-Time applications are only accepted during the Fall term

Wait for Application Confirmation

After you’ve submitted your online application we’ll be in touch within 3-5 business days to provide you with your student/application number so that you can proceed to the next steps.

Upload Your Application Documents and Order/Upload Your Transcripts

Once you’ve received your application number, you can begin to upload your application documents via Myfile, mail your transcripts, and (if applicable) submit language test scores.

Application Documents

  • Current Resume / CV
    • If you have been called to the bar please indicate the year and jurisdiction
  • Personal Statement
    • Your personal statement should discuss your interest in the program and how your past studies / related professional experience have prepared you for the program (maximum 500 words in length).
    • If you are applying to the general law program include your three areas of interest
  • Writing Sample
    • An academic or professional piece of written work that demonstrates your academic writing ability – critical thinking, research, analysis of at least 5 pages;
    • If you are submitting a longer document (i.e. a dissertation) submit an excerpt of approximately 20 pages;
    • If you don’t have a suitable writing sample write a brief analytical comment on a legal topic that is of interest to you (preferably related to the specialization of which you’ve applied)
  • Two References
    • References may be academic or professional. You can either provide your referee details via in Myfile, and a reference form will be sent to them via e-mail or you can give them our Recommendation Form – Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the referee
  • The LLM Supplementary Form
    • Complete our Supplementary Form (we’ll e-mail you a link along with your student number)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (if required – see Admissions Requirements for more information)


Transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended are required.

For the purposes of your initial application, you can either send your official transcripts (mailing address below) or upload copies of transcripts through Myfile. Uploaded transcripts are sufficient for the initial assessment of your application. However, your admission will be conditional pending till the receipt of official final transcripts.

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts

By Mail By Courier
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON

Please note given the high volume of transcripts the office of Graduate Admissions receives, it typically takes about 10-15 business days for transcripts to be matched to your application. We strongly encourage you to submit your transcripts early.

Important notes about transcripts

  • To be considered, ‘official’ transcripts must come directly from, and bear the seal of, the issuing institution. If the institution issues transcripts directly to you, the envelope must be sealed by the institution and remain sealed until opened by York University.
  • To be considered ‘final’, transcripts must indicate that your degree has been has been conferred
  • If transcripts are in another language (and your University does not issue translated copies), an official English translation by a certified translator is required. Translations by a certified translator must be sent directly from the translator to York University.
  • If you have taken courses at York University, we will obtain transcripts on your behalf. Please provide your York student number with the application and ensure that you have no outstanding fees.
  • Photocopied or faxed transcripts are not considered to be official.
  • Transcripts from other credential evaluation services are considered “unofficial”.
  • Original transcripts submitted become the property of York University and cannot be returned.