Professional LLM in
Energy and Infrastructure Law

Distance Learning is available for this program.

Start Dates: Fall 2014


George Vegh, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Julia McNally, Director, Market Transformation, Ontario Power Authority
Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolinx

The Professional LLM in Energy and Infrastructure 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. This Professional LLM provides legal professionals with insight into the policies, players, and stakes involved in this highly complex area. The merging interests in this area of law touch upon social, political and environmental issues. Students will focus on energy regulation and public utility concepts, competition theory, resources efficiency efforts, social responsibility and environmental issues, integrated infrastructure planning, and public and private partnerships. Graduates will leave the program with the analytical framework required for practice in energy and infrastructure law, by obtaining a sophisticated set of legal skills and knowledge. 

Degree Requirements

The LLM in Energy and Infrastructure Law requires successful completion of 36
credits, including a minimum of 18 credits from the Core Courses and up to 18 credits from Related Elective Courses drawn from complementary LLM specializations. 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 core courses.

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.


Core Courses


Regulatory Theory
Public Utility Law

Changing Paradigms in Energy Regulation
Demand Side Management: Policy and Regulation

Comparative Approaches to Energy Development

Urban Infrastructure Planning and Regulation

Infrastructure Development and Finance

Aboriginal Communities and Resource Development*


2013/2014 Energy & Infrastructure-related Elective Courses


Major Research Paper: Energy and Infrastructure Law (MRP)

Some Theoretical Perspectives on Public Law and Administration

Current Issues in Judicial Review of Administrative Action

The Theory and Practice of ADR

Corporate and Financial Crime and Compliance

The Law of the Crown

Major Research Paper


Additional Electives
Energy and Infrastructure Law LLM students can also choose courses from a select number of complementary LLM programs for credit towards completion of their degree.

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

*New courses/course changes are subject to Senate approval.


LLM Admissions Contact

Phone:  416.673.4670

Toll free within Canada: 1.888.923.3394

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