Professional LLM Specializing in Canadian Common Law

Distance Learning is not available for this program.

 

This exciting new program provides foundational training in Canadian common law to internationally trained lawyers and law graduates. Whether you have a degree from outside of Canada or a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian university, this program was designed with you in mind.

The LLM in Canadian Common Law is available as a full-time (3 terms of study) or part-time (6 terms of study) program. You can enter the program in late August/early September or January. The format of this program gives students the flexibility to tailor their studies to their own schedules. Students take core courses in Canadian
Common Law topics and have a wide range of elective options. The core courses are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).

The NCA assesses the academic and professional credentials of candidates who wish to apply for admission to the bar of any Canadian common law province. If you are an internationally trained lawyer and are interested in practising law in Canada, we recommend that you contact the NCA before applying to the LLM program, so that you know what courses you are required to take.

Note: Completing the Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law does not automatically entitle you to practise law in Canada or to be admitted to the Bar of a Canadian province or territory. Consult the NCA or your provincial/territorial law society for more information.

 

Degree Requirements

 

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits, including a minimum of 18 credits from the core courses and up to 18 credits from elective courses drawn from complementary LLM specializations and/or select upper year JD courses. The 36 credits can be obtained by either coursework or a blend of coursework and a major research paper.

You may complete the Canadian Common Law LLM’s 36 credit requirements in one of two ways:

Coursework only:

  • At least 18 credits from Canadian Common Law core courses, plus remaining credits from
    • Select Professional LLM course offerings and/or
    • Select upper year JD courses (with graduate level evaluation)

Coursework plus research paper:

  • At least 18 credits from Canadian Common Law core courses, plus remaining credits from
    • Select Professional LLM course offerings and/or
    • Select upper year JD courses (with graduate level evaluation)


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Program Format

 

Courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Attendance in-person in Toronto is required. Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.

 

Core Courses

 

Business Associations

Canadian Administrative Law

Canadian Criminal Law

Canadian Professional Responsibility

Canadian Public and Constitutional Law

Legal Research and Writing for International Students

 

Elective Courses

 

Elective courses may be chosen from select Professional LLM Courses and Upper Year JD Courses (both seminar and lecture courses). Your enrolment in these courses is subject to space availability.

Professional LLM programs include:

 

 

 

Upper Year JD course options may include courses often required by the NCA,

such as:

 

  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Remedies
  • Evidence Law
  • Taxation
  • Family Law
  • Trusts

 

Major Research Paper
A Major Research Paper (MRP) of approximately 70 pages may be completed on an approved topic in Canadian common law, provided appropriate supervision is available. The MRP should go beyond merely describing legal developments to include independent critical analysis of its subject matter. The final paper is marked on a
pass/fail basis.

LLM students in JD courses will complete one or more assignments or modified exams to reflect graduate-level participation. Upper Year JD courses each count for 3 credits towards the LLM program requirements. The following courses are not available for LLM students:

• First-year JD courses
• Moots and other experiential education programs
• Courses in other faculties

 

Typical Yearly Program Schedule

Late August/September - December

  • Legal Research and Writing for International Students
  • Public and Constitutional Law
  • Business Associations
Selected upper level JD and Professional LLM electives
 

January - April

  • Criminal Law
Selected upper level JD and Professional LLM electives
 

May - August

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Administrative Law
Selected Professional LLM electives
 

 

Start Date: Fall 2014


Contact

Admissions
Phone:  416.673.4670

Toll free within Canada: 1.888.923.3394
Email: admissions-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

 

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