This exciting program provides foundational training in Canadian common law to internationally trained lawyers and law graduates. Whether you have a common or civil law degree from outside Canada or a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian university, this program was designed with you in mind.
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.
The LLM in Canadian Common Law is available as a full-time (3 terms of study/a full calendar year) or part-time (6 terms of study/2 full calendar years) program. Program starts are generally available in the Fall or Winter term.. The format of this program gives students the flexibility to tailor their studies to their own schedules. LLM courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Attendance in-person in Toronto is required. Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.
Upper Year JD course options may include courses often required by the NCA, such as:
- Commercial Law
- Real Estate
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