Professional General LLM

 

The General LLM is open only to applicants who hold an LLB or JD.

 

Many courses are available by Distance Learning

 

Program Director

Professor Carys J.Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School

Flexibility and Customization. Osgoode’s various LLM specializations provide graduate-level learning across a number of disciplines. In the Professional General LLM, you can choose courses from multiple LLM specializations being offered during your time of study and have the flexibility to build a program that includes two or three major areas of interest. The General LLM provides a high level of customization for lawyers wishing to craft a unique program of study drawing from over 50 LLM courses a year.

Study at a Top Ranked Law School. Osgoode Hall Law School is ranked among the top Canadian Law Schools. As of October 1, 2013, Osgoode Hall Law School is #6 out of over 500 law schools outside the United States according to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). In the Professional General LLM, you will learn from some of the top legal educators in the country, including professors from Osgoode Hall Law School and other leading law schools, senior practitioners, judges and policy makers.

Part-time or Full-time Options. Complete the General LLM part-time from anywhere across Canada or beyond through Distance Learning or study full-time at our downtown Toronto campus at Osgoode Professional Development.

 

Program Format

 

The Professional General LLM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

  1. Part-time General LLM:  The program will generally take 6 terms (24 months), however the exact program length will vary depending on the number of credits completed in each term.  The program fee is billed in six installments over the duration of the program.  If the program is not completed in six terms, additional fees apply.
  1. Full-time General LLM: The program will generally take 3 terms (12 months), although the exact program length will vary depending on the number of credits completed in each term.  The program fee is billed in three installments over the duration of the program.  If the program is not completed in three terms, additional fees apply.

 

International Students

 

Osgoode’s Professional General LLM offers internationally trained lawyers and law graduates an opportunity to study Canadian legal topics at an advanced level.  The Professional LLM is intended for those who are already practicing law and who wish to gain a comparative Canadian perspective on particular areas of law.

The courses in the Professional General LLM are offered at an advanced level and assume students already have foundational knowledge in the topics being covered. The courses in the Professional General LLM do not fulfill the Federation of Law Societies' National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) requirements.

The full-time General LLM is best suited for those who wish to study in person in Canada.  Classes are held at our downtown Toronto campus at Osgoode Professional Development and students also have access to Osgoode Hall Law School’s state-of-the-art facility located at the York University main campus which houses the largest law library in the Commonwealth. Learn more about living in Toronto.

The part-time General LLM does not qualify for a student visa, but can be completed through Distance Learning.  Travel to Toronto is required for certain courses. Please see below for Start Dates and Deadlines for International Students.

 

Areas of Specialization

 

The General LLM requires a declaration of three (3)* areas of specialization at the time of application. Choose from:

*International Business Law, Canadian Common Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution cannot be declared as one of the three (3) areas of interest for the General LLM. A limited ADR courses are available to students in the General LLM.

In general, students in the General LLM will craft a plan of study by taking courses from each of the three declared areas specializations.  The exact number of credits taken from each specialization can vary.  Students can also take courses outside of the three declared areas of specialization, provided the selections are consistent with the plan of study and with approval.

Check the term schedules on the schedules page for a list of courses currently scheduled over the upcoming terms.

 

Degree Requirements

 

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits. There are two options for completing this degree:

 

Option I: Course work and Major Research Paper [36 credits]

 

Option II: Coursework Only
[36 credits]

  • 30 credits of coursework chosen from the specializations offered during the period of enrollment in the program;
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) [6 credits]; and
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop.*
 
  • 36 credits of coursework chosen from the specializations offered during the period of enrollment in the program; and
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation in one course.**

*The Advanced Legal Research Workshop is required for all students who wish to complete a Major Research Paper.  It does not count towards the 36 credits required to complete the degree.

**This must be arranged with the instructor at the start of the specific course.

Students in the General LLM must make their course selection based on schedule availability of their declared areas of interest and selections are subject to review by the Program Director and space availability. Please note that not every course is available in any given term or year and that students in a specialization will have priority for courses in that program.

 

Course Format

 

Courses are offered in a combination of intensive (typically three to five consecutive days including one Saturday) and weekly evening class format.   Many courses can be attended by distance learning (videoconference) for eligible students while other courses must be attended in person in Toronto.  

 

Check the term schedules on the schedules page for a list of courses currently scheduled over the upcoming terms.

 

Start Dates and Deadlines

 

Domestic Students

The Professional General LLM may be started in either the Fall term, Winter term or Summer term. Domestic students with a law degree from outside of Canada can apply for the Fall or Winter term only and must take a foundational preparatory course that runs every August and January.  See Program Start Dates for application deadlines.

International Students

Part-time General LLM: Applications to the part-time General LLM are accepted for the Fall term and Winter term. See Program Start Dates for application deadlines. 

 

Full-time General LLM:  The full-time Professional General LLM may be started each Fall term.  In exceptional circumstances, admission for the Winter term will be considered. International students admitted to the program are required to complete a foundational preparatory course that runs in August.  To allow sufficient time for visa processing, the recommended deadline for international students applying to the full-time General LLM for the Fall term is March 26.

 

Eligibility

 

The Professional General LLM is open only to applicants who hold an LLB or JD.  Students admitted to the program with a LLB or JD from outside of Canada are required to complete a foundational preparatory course that runs every August and January. Please see Admissions for more information

Contact


LLM Admissions
Phone:  416.673.4670

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

 

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