LL.D. Doctorate in Innovation, Science, Technology and Law


Program Description

The Innovation, science, technology and law option enables students to think about the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues concerning innovation in diverse fields, including biotechnologies and medicine, information technology and computer science, natural resources and the environment.


A solid curriculum blending theoretical and applied perspectives

The courses are taught by first-rate professors and part-time faculty of practicing lawyers relying on approaches blending theoretical and applied perspectives. In addition, students have the opportunity to conduct applied research or do an internship in public or private organizations in Canada or abroad.

Internationalization and comparative law

A key feature of the doctoral option is its strong international dimensions. Indeed, it brings together reputable academic partners whose professors will be visiting in Montreal and thus further contributing to the international and comparative law perspectives. Each year, one of the academic partners will host a summer school for the students of the program.

A doctoral degree is essentially an in-depth research program. Educational activities are oriented towards developing the student’s dissertation and students benefit from the skills of specialists from all major areas of law that have a bearing on innovation. Joint supervision by two professors allows the student to call upon complementary expertise where needed.

The courses in this program are taught in both French and English. Upon permission, students may write their dissertation in a language other than French.

From Dissertation to Career

The solid foundation in legal reasoning with respect to issues pertaining to innovation, science, and technology, coupled with the doctoral dissertation, will provide students with a unique profile that will allow them to contemplate careers in academia, public policy, and consulting in public and private organizations.

Qualifications for admission

  • Excellent academic record;
  • LL. M. degree or equivalent;
  • Average of at least 3,3 on 4,3, or equivalent, in the LL. M. degree;
  • English/French test and/or personal interview may be required.


Tuition per trimester full-time

Tuition fees in Québec educational institutions are regulated according to the student's legal status in Canada:

  • Quebec residents: approximately 1,227.75CAD + related expenses
  • French and French-speaking Belgians: approximately 1,227.75CAD + related expenses
  • International students: Full time: approximately 8,407.73CAD
  • Canadians non-residents of Quebec: C $ 3815.85 + related expenses

Writing status: $ 436.70, for all students

Tuition reduction scholarships available to pay as a resident of Quebec




  • 6 full-time terms (2 years mandatory)
  • Writing status: after the second year
Last updated October 2019

About the School

A tradition of excellence Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law has been recognized for its excellence since the very beginning. It stands apart from other great law faculties, ... Read More