Peter A Allard School of Law

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most common questions asked by applicants to our program. If you do not find the answer to your question on this sheet, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program office by email at

Frequently Asked Questions

The LLM is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, and public and governmental service. Applicants to the research-based LLM program go on to jobs in academia or wish to complete advance research in specific areas of law.

It is up to the discretion of the Graduate Committee to determine, upon careful review of the complete application file, whether to waive the English-language test requirement.

All applicants are required to provide an English language proficiency result that meets our minimum requirements unless the applicant has completed their first degree (law degree) from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the entire institution (and not just the degree program).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide proof of meeting the English requirement for the program, either through a notation on the official transcript, or in a letter from either the office of the registrar or student records’ office, or a referee from the institution attesting to English as the primary language of instruction in the entire institution. 

The Graduate Committee prefers to receive academic references as academic referees may be better placed to provide an evaluation of your academic strengths and provide a rationale as to why they feel that you would be successful in a research-based LLM program.  If for some reason you do not have an academic referee we will accept a professional reference.

You do not need to find a supervisor prior to applying to or in order to be considered for admission to the research-based LLM/PhD program.  Faculty members are busy with teaching and other commitments and may not have time to respond to your email, this is not an indication that they are not willing to supervise your research project.  Many faculty members prefer to review applications that have been forwarded to them from the Graduate Committee. 

In order to be considered for admission, you are required to submit a list of two or three possible thesis supervisors, drawn from our faculty listing, with your application. Every effort will be made by the Graduate Committee to locate a suitable supervisor for your particular research topic.

You should choose a topic that you are interested in completing advanced research in not based on what is the current “hot” research area or what might guarantee you admission to the program. A potential thesis supervisor will be looking for originality in your thesis proposal. Will your thesis be leading edge, something that is a different perspective that what is currently available in the available literature.  

Yes we have students from various countries. Approximately 55% of the student body in the research-based LLM program are international students.

There are various sources of awards and scholarship opportunities for the LLM program. The Graduate Program at Allard Hall will automatically consider all successful applicants who have been offered admission to either the LLM program for any funding that we have available. In addition if you are an international student, UBC will automatically grant an International Tuition Scholarship of $3200.00 per year for the duration of your program. There are no separate applications for both the internal Graduate Program at Allard Hall funding or the UBC International Tuition Scholarship.

The research-based LLM program begins in September and we only admit students once per year for the program. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions section of the law school's website.

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