Applications for the 2022/23 intake are now open.
Please note that the on-line application and supporting documents (not including letters of reference) deadline for the research-based LL.M. Program is 11:59pm PST on December 1, 2021; letters of reference are due at 11:59 PST time on December 15, 2021.
|Program Duration||Start Date||Applications Open||Applications Close|
|Full time - 1-2 Years
Part time - Up to 5 Years
|September 2022||September 1st 2021||
December 1st 2021
Letters of Reference Deadline:
December 15, 2021
Applications for the 2022/23 intake are currently open. Applications will close on December 1st 2021 at 11:59pm (Vancouver, BC Time). Please note that the on-line application and supporting documents (not including letters of reference) deadline for the research-based LL.M. Program is 11:59pm (Vancouver, BC Time) on December 1, 2021; letters of reference are due at 11:59pm (Vancouver, BC Time) on December 15, 2021.
How to Apply online
1. review the minimum program requirements to ensure you qualify
Please review the minimum Master's LL.M. program eligibility requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.
2. Complete the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies online application form and pay the application fee
When applying, be sure to choose "Law, Master's LLM" as the program.
A non-refundable application fee by Visa or Mastercard must be paid for your application to be processed.
- Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $106.00
- International Applicants: (CDN) $168.25
3. Upload your supporting documents
You must submit all supporting documents before your application will be reviewed and considered.
4. Await the results
Applications are reviewed after the closing deadline.
Supporting documents you will need to upload
1. Curriculum Vitae
Provide details of your education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc.
2. Scans of Official Transcripts
Scan and upload PDF copies of all university official transcripts and proof of degree conferral. All copies must include the marking guide from the corresponding university. We only accept scans of an official transcript. In-progress official transcripts are acceptable for your application.
Only PDF files are accepted for your application. Image files and/or transcripts downloaded from your university’s student portal are NOT acceptable. Submissions that don’t meet the proper format will be marked as incomplete.
You are not required to submit hard copies of your transcripts unless you are made an offer of admission. Further instructions will follow.
- For transcripts and degree certificates not in English: You must upload scanned versions of English language translations of all transcripts and degree certificates completed by a certified translator. For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.
- Each institution’s transcript must be uploaded as a separate document. If you have attended two different institutions, each transcript is to be uploaded as a separate file.
- For transcripts longer than one page, please combine the entire transcript in one file. Do not upload each page as a separate document.
- If your institution offers secure electronic delivery of official transcripts, please contact us for further instructions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue completing the rest of your application, including submitting the application and paying the application fee.
- Please note that an e-transcript is downloaded via a link to a secure site. It is NOT an email attachment of any kind, even if sent from an authority at the issuing institution.
3. English Language Proficiency Test Results
This is only required for applicants from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction in the entire university. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum level of oral English language proficiency.
You must upload a copy of your test scores to your application and we will verify you results with the testing agency for authenticity. We only accept test scores for exams taken within the last two years.
The examining body must send results directly to the Graduate Program Allard School of Law, Attention: LL.M. Program. For TOEFL examinations, our institution code is 0965 and the department code is 03.
Please refer to the Eligibility section for our English proficiency requirements and further submission details.
4. Thesis Proposal
The LL.M. degree is a thesis based degree involving original research therefore it is mandatory that a thesis proposal be included in your application form. Thesis (LL.M.) proposals form an important part of the admissions process and help to guide the assignment of supervisors and supervisory committees. A proposal should outline a research project that could reasonably lead to a thesis that makes an original scholarly contribution in the chosen field of legal study. The LL.M. thesis proposal should be approximately 5 pages (1,250 words) in length. Clarity of expression is important. The thesis proposal is to be uploaded to the application form under the "Experience and Interests" section.
- an explanation of the problem you seek to address and of your working hypothesis
- a clear scholarly justification for your proposed research, which sets it in the context of relevant scholarly literatures and explains how your proposed work will make an original contribution
Theory and Research Methodology
- an explanation of the body of theory that informs your research problem and your method for exploring the proposed research problem
Project Outline (optional for LLM applicants)
- outline of project organized by chapter
- a list of 10-20 scholarly books and articles that inform your approach to the research problem
5. Proposed Dissertation Supervisors
All applicants must submit a list indicating your first and second choice for a thesis supervisor, this list should be uploaded to your application form. There is no need to secure a thesis supervisor nor is it is necessary to contact potential thesis supervisors prior to submission of an application as many faculty members prefer that applications are referred by the Graduate Committee for their review.
For information about faculty members at the Allard School of Law, please review the faculty member profiles. Please note that the willingness of a faculty member to supervise does not guarantee admission; the decision about whether to recommend admission remains with the Graduate Committee. However, no one will be admitted without a faculty member agreeing to supervise.
6. Three References
The Graduate Program requires 3 letters of reference. At least 1 (and preferably 2) of the 3 should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.
Please forward your thesis proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.
If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses of each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting letters of reference. Please note that the on-line application system does not recognize public email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc. if your referee only has access to a public email address, or they are unable to submit their reference letters using the on-line system, they will have to arrange to submit their letters in hard copy format to our office, kindly refer to the letter of reference section of the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for detailed instructions with respect to letters of reference.
We ask that you encourage your referees to submit their letters using the on-line system as this is the quickest way to receive letters of reference. As soon as a letter of reference is uploaded to the system, a notification is sent to the applicant.
NOTE: Only letters of reference submitted through the on-line application system or in hard copy format to our office will be accepted. Letters of reference that are emailed directly to our office will not suffice.
7. Immigration Documents
Permanent residents must upload a clear scanned copy of their Permanent Resident Card (front and back) to their application. Please do not send hard copy original documents to the Graduate Program staff.
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