Professional LLM in Constitutional Law


Allan Hutchinson in the Media

Listen to Distinguished Research Professor Allan Hutchinson speak on The Academic Minute about his recent book, Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal
Cases and How they Shaped the World
. Professor Hutchinson taught Constitutional Theory in January 2014.


This program is available via Distance Learning.

Start Dates: Fall 2014


Bruce B. Ryder, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Richard A. Haigh, Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Warren J. Newman, Senior General Counsel, Department of Justice, Canada

This innovative and cutting-edge two-year, part-time Professional LLM program is designed for practitioners across Canada who want to develop greater expertise in this dynamic area of law. From theory to human rights and the Charter, to aboriginal issues, this program explores, in detail, areas of importance in Canadian constitutional law, and comparative perspectives of the constitutional law of such countries as the United States, the United Kingdom and others. Instructed by an interdisciplinary faculty including academics, practitioners and judges, students will develop an understanding of constitutional law that is unique and unparalleled in Canada. 


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 (refer to the schedule for specific details on each course).

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


Required Course


Constitutional Theory

Constitutional Remedies

Evidence and Procedure in Constitutional Litigation


Constitutional Law-Related Elective Courses

Criminal Law & the Charter: Implications & Expectations

Legal Rights in the Canadian Charter
Federalism & Institutions of Government
Fundamental Freedoms in the Canadian Charter
Equality Rights

Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution

The Theory and Practice of ADR

The Law of the Crown

Administrative Law: Overview and Current Developments

Some Theoretical Perspectives on Public Law and Administration

The New Administrative Law

Advanced Trial Advocacy and Evidence Issues
Municipalities in a Legal and Policy Context
The Widening Scope of Municipal Jurisdiction
The Charter and Human Rights in Labour Law
The Canadian Health Care System: Legal Frameworks

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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