The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. The program attracts students with overseas common and civil law training, as well as those with LL.B. or J.D. degrees from Canada and the United States.
The degree requirements include course work and a thesis. The focal point of the degree (and most of the course credits) is the thesis. Working closely with a supervising faculty member, students in the LLM program are expected to produce a substantial piece of original legal scholarship and of publishable quality.
The LLM provides an opportunity for focused study in a chosen field of law. It does not, of itself, qualify a holder for entry to the legal profession in British Columbia or any other certification for legal practice.
The program is normally of one year’s duration.
Applications for the 2018/19 academic year are now closed. We will reopen the application system on September 1, 2018 for the 2019/20 intake.
Earlier applications, particularly for international applicants needing student visas, are strongly encouraged. In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must submit an application through the on-line application system. It is recommended that at the time of application, applicants should upload to their application: all transcripts (including English language translations), proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS test results (if required), thesis proposal and list of possible thesis supervisors. Email addresses for all referees must be included in the on-line application. Email address such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. are not accepted. All referees will be required to submit their letters through the on-line application system, the reference submission deadline is December 15, 2018.
Applications Open: September 1st.
Application and document submission deadline (inlcuding letters of reference) are due: December 15th.
Please note that if any of the documents are not uploaded to the application form by no later than December 15th your application will not be considered for admission for 2018/19. Unfortunately due to the high number of applications that we receive each year we will not consider applications for admission that remain incomplete after the December 15th deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure that the application is complete by December 15th.
The Graduate Program office is no longer accepting hard copy documents by mail. All documents such as transcripts, proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS, etc. must be scanned and uploaded to your application. Photographs or screenshots taken using a cellular or device or camera or documents forwarded by email or fax to our office will not be accepted.
Program Start Date: September of year of intake
For detailed information on the LLM Program, including curriculum, admissions requirements and how to submit an application, please click on the corresponding links to the left of this page.
View the LLM Program's application, registration and completion statistics.