LL.D. Doctorate in Law


Program Description

The PhD is essentially a thorough basic research program. The pedagogical activities are oriented towards the development of the student's thesis project. Students benefit from the expertise of specialists in all major areas of law. The co-supervision, provided by two professors, is quite common, because it allows the use of complementary expertise. Doctoral candidates must pass mandatory and oral and written examinations before starting to write a thesis on the subject of their choice. The thesis aims to develop the ability to design and implement a major research project that makes an original contribution to the development of the legal discipline. It also aims to develop the student's ability to present the results of his research in a clear, orderly and convincing manner.


Admission criteria

  • Excellent academic record;
  • LL. M. from the University of Montreal or diploma deemed equivalent;
  • 2nd cycle cumulative average of at least 3.3 out of 4.3 or equivalent;
  • Sufficient knowledge of French and English languages.


Caroline Jonnaert (Canada) PhD student
The choice of the Université de Montréal to start my doctoral project was natural, because of the institution's state-of-the-art expertise in technology and innovation, but also because of the supervision benefit the doctoral students. The Faculty offers a stimulating and mentoring environment, as well as many international perspectives, through its exchange programs. The doctoral student finds himself in a dynamic environment, conducive to his academic and professional development.

Guy Azebove Tetang (Cameroon)
PhD student Often perceived as a solitary adventure, the doctoral course sometimes requires real assistance at the institutional level to avoid possible mistakes that young researchers are often prey on. For example, at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, doctoral seminars offer several theoretical and methodological choices that pave the way for research. In addition, the encouragement of oral and written communications introduces each doctoral student to the requirements of scientific research. It is with this experience, that my journey within this prestigious Faculty is a rewarding adventure.

The seminars of this program are offered only in French. Upon permission, students may write their dissertation in a language other than French.


Tuition per quarter full-time

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

  • Quebec residents: aprox. 1227.75Can related fees
  • French and Belgian French speaking: aprox 1227,75Can related fees
  • International students: Full time: aprox. 8407,73CAN
  • Non-resident Canadians: $ 3,815.85 related costs

Writing status: C $ 436.70, for all students.

Tuition reduction scholarships available to pay as a resident of Quebec




  • 6 full-time terms (2 years mandatory)
  • Drafting status: after the second year


$ 1,228 CAD

What is it all alone?

By full-time quarter - Quebec residents: approx. $ 1,227.75C related costs; French and Belgian Francophones: approx 1 227,75C $ fees; International students: Full time: approx. $ 8,407.73

Non-resident Canadians: C $ 3,815.85 related costs

Editing Status: $ 436.70 Can, for all students

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

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, because of its unique comb ... Read More

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, because of its unique combination of intellectual pluralism and groundbreaking scientific research conducted by professors and students in numerous fields of law. Read less