Professional LLM in

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law

This program is available via Distance Learning.

Start Date: Fall 2014


Stephanie Ben-Ishai,
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Affiliated Scholar, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

The Professional LLM in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law is a two-year, part-time program designed for bankruptcy and insolvency professionals and those working in related areas who want to develop greater expertise in this dynamic area.  Bankruptcy and insolvency law has become part of mainstream commercial law and plays a significant economic and social role in contemporary credit economies. This unique program gives students the opportunity to examine and analyze, at an advanced level, contemporary legal issues relating to both business and personal bankruptcy and insolvency law in Canada, the United States and internationally.  Taught by academics from Osgoode Hall Law School and leading Canadian and American universities, as well as senior practitioners, this rigorous LLM program examines the laws, rules, theories and policies that underlie bankruptcy and insolvency law – from behavioural economics, to restructurings and reorganizations, to receiverships and secured transactions. This program brings together Canadian and international professionals from bankruptcy and insolvency and related areas and practices to foster a rich and vibrant dialogue and promote a deep and broad understanding of the critical practical and theoretical issues bankruptcy and insolvency professionals confront today.


Degree Requirements


The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits.
The 36 credits can be obtained by either coursework or a blend of coursework
and a Major Research Paper (70 pages). Students who elect to do the degree by coursework only must write a Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as the means of evaluation in one of the courses within the specialization.

The Advanced Legal Research Workshop is required for all students who wish to complete a Major Research Paper. Please note that this will not count towards the 36 credits required to complete the degree.



Program Format


Courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Videoconferencing is available for most courses, although occasional attendance in person in Toronto is required.


Required Courses


Perspectives on the insolvency System
Lending, Security and Insolvency Law



Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law-Related Elective Courses


The Financial Services Industry and the Public Interest
Receiverships and Other Remedies in Secured Transactions
Priorities and Priority Claims in Bankruptcy
Consumer Bankruptcy Issues and Policies
Governance Responsibilities in Insolvency
Reorganizations and Restructurings
International Aspects of Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Behavioural Economics
American Bankruptcy Law

Note: Not all courses are offered every year or program cycle.


LLM Admissions Contact


Phone:  416.673.4670

Toll free within Canada: 1.888.923.3394


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