Professional LLM in Business Law

This program is available by Distance Learning.

Start Dates: Fall 2014


Poonam Puri, Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional
Relations, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director, Hennick Centre
for Business and Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Vanessa Grant, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

The Professional LLM in Business Law is a two-year, part-time program designed for professionals from across Canada who want to develop greater expertise in this dynamic area of law. Market globalization, competition and technological changes have had a significant impact on the regulation of businesses in Canada and around the world. This cutting-edge LLM in Business Law, taught by leading academics and practitioners, will cover, at an advanced level: Canadian corporate law principles and rules, legal duties of directors and managers, rights of shareholders and other stakeholders and remedies available to them. The program will involve an in-depth examination of corporate finance and corporate structuring issues. It will also examine the current regulatory system, including emerging international influences and trends. Designed for both business lawyers as well as non-legal professionals with the requisite domain knowledge of business law principles, students will leave this program equipped with a deep and broad understanding of the most important theoretical and practical issues confronting business lawyers in Canada today.


Degree Requirements


The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits. The
credits can be obtained by either coursework or a blend of coursework and a Major Research Paper.

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 many courses. Attendance in person in Toronto is required for certain courses (refer to website for specific details on each course).

Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.


Required Courses


Advanced Corporate Law
Boards of Directors
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Corporate Remedies
Corporate Transactions


2013/2014 Business Law-related Elective Courses Include


Partnerships and Tax Shelters

Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution

Behavioural Economics
Foundations of Banking and Financial Services Law
Perspectives on the Insolvency System
Lending, Security and Insolvency
Advanced Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
Governance Responsibilities in Insolvency

Corporate and Financial Crime and Compliance

Major Research Paper

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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