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Canadian Common Law

Program Overview

Whether you have a common or civil law degree from outside Canada or a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian university, if your goal is to become licensed to practise common law in Canada, this program was designed with you in mind. This program offers you the unique opportunity to study and network with other internationally trained lawyers, experienced professionals studying in the other LLM programs, and Canadian JD students.

In this program, you’ll 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. As part of the Osgoode community, you’ll benefit from academic and career supports to help you achieve your goals.

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 other LLM specialization 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 other LLM specialization course offerings and/or
    • Select upper year JD courses (with graduate level evaluation)


  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) [6 credits] or
  • An Independent Significant Research Paper [3 credits] (30 pages)

Program Format

The LLM in Canadian Common Law is available as a full-time (3 terms of study/1 full calendar year) or part-time (6 terms of study/2 full calendar years) program. This LLM gives students the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own schedule and the option to start your studies in either the Fall or Winter term.

LLM courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Attendance in-person in Toronto is required. Learn more about living in Toronto.

Program Starts

The LLM in Canadian Common Law accepts applications for part-time studies for the Fall and Winter terms. Applications for full-time studies are only accepted for the Fall term. Late applications are not considered.


Business Associations

Canadian Administrative Law

Canadian Administrative Law (Online)

Canadian Civil and Administrative Procedure

Canadian Constitutional Law

Canadian Contract Law

Canadian Criminal Law

Canadian Criminal Law (Online)

Canadian Law of Trusts

Canadian Professional Responsibility

Canadian Public and Constitutional Law

Canadian Tort Law

Commercial Law


Foundations of Canadian Law

Fundamentals of Family Law

Legal Drafting

Property Law

Real Estate Transactions

Taxation Law

The Canadian Law of Obligations (Contract and Torts)

Program Start Date

Program Schedule

Program Director(s)


Faculty - Elective Courses

Program electives are taught by Osgoode's full-time and adjunct JD faculty as well as Osgoode Professional Development's faculty members.

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Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from select Professional LLM courses and upper-year JD courses (both seminar and lecture courses). Enrolment in these courses is subject to space availability. Professional LLM courses are offered from 17 different specializations including Business, Intellectual Property and Securities Law. Upper Year JD course options may include courses often required by the NCA, such as:

  • Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts

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

Note: Not all courses are offered every year, and that Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.

Optional Internship

Starting in 2016-17, internationally trained students in the LLM in Canadian Common Law will have access to apply for our internship program. The internship is an elective two-month course in the summer term. Because internship hosts select candidates as part of a formal interview process, we help you prepare your application materials and become familiar with Canadian interview protocols. We also provide information and supporting documents for necessary work visas.

The following are examples of the types of work that you are expected to perform while on internship: legal research and writing, reviewing and summarizing documents and files, taking notes of meetings, legal drafting, and help with translation and interpretation of documents.


Contact us:
International Admissions & Programs Coordinator

LLM Single Courses

Do you need only one or two subjects to fulfill your NCA accreditation requirements?

Take up to 12 credits through Single Course Enrollment.

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