Canadian Common Law Courses

Course Descriptions

Business Associations [6 credits] / Course # 6845P

This course provides an introduction to the laws governing the predominant forms of business organization in Canada – sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and corporations. The focus of the course will be on business corporations, with particular reference to the Canada Business Corporations Act. The course will canvass such topics as: the creation and organization of the corporation; the corporation as a distinct entity from its shareholders; the capital structure and activities of the corporation; roles and duties of directors, officers and shareholders; corporate governance; shareholder agreements; shareholder derivative actions and other remedies; and introduction to corporate transactions (mergers and acquisitions).

Canadian Administrative Law [6 credits] / Course # 6842P

Administrative Law is the body of law regulating the ways in which government operates. It is about the rules and limits that apply to not only the operations of the Crown, Cabinets, Ministers, government departments, and municipal corporations, but also the various administrative tribunals and agencies deployed by governments for the carrying out of governmental functions of all kinds. This course focuses on the circumstances under which government decision makers are subject to an obligation of procedural fairness, the content of that obligation, the extent to which substantive decision makers are subject to scrutiny by the courts in the name of jurisdiction or other principles of substantive review, and the remedial framework in which superior courts exercise their review powers, including monetary compensation for wrongful administrative action.

Canadian Criminal Law [6 credits] / Course # 6843P
This course examines the general principles of liability under the criminal law and various procedural matters relating to the trial of an accused person.

Canadian Law of Evidence [6 credits] / Course # 6849P
This course provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of the law of evidence in Canada. Common law and statutory rules of evidence (Canada Evidence Act, Criminal Code, Ontario Evidence Act) are analyzed in light of the principles underlying the adversary system. The effect of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms upon the law of evidence is also examined. Some of the subjects that will be studied include relevancy, probative value and prejudicial effect; the competence and compellability of witnesses; the rule against hearsay evidence; character evidence; similar fact evidence; credibility; opinion evidence; and the principles governing privilege.

Canadian Professional Responsibility [3 credits] / Course # 6844P
This course examines various aspects of the nature and organization of the legal profession in Canada, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of lawyers.

Canadian Public and Constitutional Law [6 credits] / Course # 6847P
The purpose of this course is to provide students with: (a) an introduction to and overview of Canada's legal system and the role of law in Canadian society; and (b) an introduction to the various components of Canadian constitutional law, and to the basic principles necessary to understanding and applying the provisions of the constitution in legal practice. Topics covered include foundations of Canadian law and Canadian constitutional law.

Legal Research and Writing for International Students
[3 credits]
/ Course # 6508

This course focuses on the development of graduate-level skills in legal research, analysis and communication for international students.


This course is divided into two sections, Part I (Legal Research) and Part II (Legal Writing). Part I will provide students with the basic techniques of legal research and the skills to identify, and locate legal materials relevant to business scenarios around the world. Part II focuses on the development of analytical and legal writing skills. The ultimate goal of the course is to teach students to research and write the kinds of legal materials that are needed in graduate level law courses and the practice of business law in a global environment.

Major Research Paper [6 credits] / Course # 6317P

A Major Research Paper (MRP) of approximately 70 pages may be completed on any topic related to your specialization, provided appropriate supervision is available.

The MRP should go beyond merely describing legal developments to include independent critical analysis of its subject matter. You will be required, at a minimum, to submit to your supervisor an outline and bibliography for approval. The final paper is marked on a pass/fail basis.

Independent Significant Research Paper [3 credits] / Course # 6848P

Students may complete an independent Significant Research Paper (SRP) of approximately 30 pages on any topic related to their specialization, provided appropriate supervision is available. The SRP should go beyond merely describing legal developments to include independent critical analysis of its subject matter. Students will be required, at a minimum, to submit to their supervisor an outline and bibliography for approval.




Note: These courses are designed to meet the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation for internationally trained lawyers. Enrollment in these courses is restricted to those who do not hold a Canadian Common Law LLB or JD.