Professional LLM in Family Law

Distance Learning is available for this program.

Start Dates: Winter 2015


Professor Nicholas C. Bala, Queen’s University


The Professional LLM in Family Law, launched in 2006, is a two-year, part-time program designed for practitioners from across Canada who want to develop greater expertise in this dynamic area of law. Students will have the opportunity to examine the theory and practice of family law, including international issues and non-adversarial methods of resolving family disputes. Well-established areas of family law as well as emerging areas, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives will be explored.


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.

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, intensive and webcast (NEW!) 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 Courses


Family Law:  Themes, Theories, Controversies and Context


Elective Courses


Economic Issues: Property, Pensions and Possession of the Home

Economic Issues: Child and Spousal Support
Care of Children
International Family Law issues
Non-Adversarial Resolution to Family Law Disputes
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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