Program Overview

The LLM in Canadian Common Law provides the opportunity to take core courses in Canadian common law topics taught at the graduate level along with 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). Students in the Canadian Common Law specialization benefit from both academic and career support to assist in their transition to the Canadian legal marketplace.

Note: Completing the Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law does not automatically entitle you to practice 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.

Who is this Specialization for?

Graduates of law degree programs from outside Canada, or graduates with a civil law degree from a Canadian university who wish to become licensed to practice in a Canadian common law jurisdiction, or want a solid grounding in Canadian common law for comparative law purposes.

Specialization Structure

The Canadian Common Law specialization is designed to give full-time and part-time students the flexibility to select courses to fulfill their NCA requirements and fit their schedules. Courses in the Canadian Common Law specialization require in-person attendance and are scheduled in a variety of formats (daytime, evening, weekend and intensive) across both Osgoode Hall and OsgoodePD campuses. Full-time students complete the specialization in one year (12 credits per term over three terms) and part-time students can complete the specialization over two years (6 credits per term over six terms). New full-time and part-time students are admitted in the Fall and Winter terms. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through coursework or through a combination of coursework and a Major Research Paper. Elective courses can be drawn from Osgoode Hall’s JD specialization and from other OsgoodePD LLM specializations (subject to space availability).

Degree Requirements Overview

Total credits needed: 36

  • Courses, Course Code, Status, Number of Credits
  • Business Associations, LAW 6845P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Administrative Law, LAW 6842P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Civil and Administrative Procedure, LAW 6851P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Constitutional Law, LAW 6841P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Contract Law, LAW 6840, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Criminal Law, LAW 6843P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Professional Responsibility, LAW 6844P, Core, 3.0 credits
  • Canadian Public and Constitutional Law, LAW 6847P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Tort Law, LAW 6850, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Evidence, LAW 6849P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Foundations of Canadian Law, LAW 6502P, Core, 3.0 credits
  • Fundamentals of Family Law, LAW 6855, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Property Law, LAW 6853P, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Taxation Law, LAW 6846, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Business Associations (Non-NCA), LAW 6838, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Administrative Law (Online), LAW 6515, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Criminal Law (Online), LAW 6852, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Canadian Law of Trusts, LAW 6891, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Commercial Law, LAW 6878, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Legal Drafting, LAW 6854, Elective, 3.0 credits
  • Personal Injury Law and Practice, LAW 6806, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • Real Estate Transactions, LAW 6876, Elective, 6.0 credits
  • The Canadian Law of Obligations (Contract and Torts), LAW 6516, Elective, 9.0 credits

Program Starts & Deadlines

Program Start:

  • International/Visa Applicants: Fall 2018
  • Applications Due: February 28, 2018

Program Start:

  • Domestic Applicants: Fall 2018
  • Applications Due: April 11, 2018

Admission Requirements

Admission to LLM specializations is competitive. At OsgoodePD, we can help you navigate the process.

The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s completed file and takes into consideration academic background, professional work experience and ‘fit’ for the program. The below represents the minimum requirements for admission consideration to our graduate degree programs – meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Academic Background

Canadian Common Law
Degree Type
  • Degree in law from outside of Canada
  • OR a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian University
Minimum Grade Point Average
Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent)
The committee will consider applicants with a lower GPA provided they have 5 years or more of relevant professional experience.

Language Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you must supply proof of language proficiency as set out in the table below. You may be exempted from this requirement if you have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the only official language of instruction.
Language Proficiency Requirements for All Specializations (Excluding International Business Law)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Paper Based:625 (with minimum of 5 on TWE)
  • TOEFL – Computer Based: 263
  • TOEFL – iBT (Internet Based):102-109
  • IELTS – Academic Type:7.5 overall and 7.0 in reading and writing
  • YELT – York English Language Test: Band 1
  • YUELI – York University English Language Institute: Level 9 with Distinction
  • CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: Overall score of 70 with no component score less than 60

Tuition, Fees, and Awards

Degree Programs

  • Domestic Tuition (Excluding Supplementary Fees): $24,132.02
  • International Tuition (Excluding Supplementary Fees): $35,537.70

Program fees are paid in installments each term:

  • Students in the International Business Law specialization pay fees over four full-time terms
  • Students in all other full-time specialization pay fees over three full-time terms
  • Students in part-time specializations pay fees over six part-time terms

Students who complete the program in fewer than the above will have their final installment added at the end of their program. Students who require more than the above will be subject to additional tuition fees.

Supplementary Fees

Supplementary fees are included in each term’s tuition fee installment and are subject to change each term based on approval by York’s Board of Governors and in accordance with guidelines set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. For more information please see Student Financial Services.

Additional Fees

Registration Fee: $15 per term (non-refundable).

International Students’ Health Insurance: The University Health Insurance Plans (UHIP) is mandatory for all international students. This does not apply to domestic students. For more information, visit the York International website.

Domestic Students’ Health Insurance: Full-time domestic students York University Graduate Students’ Association (YUGSA) health plan. The plan is mandatory for all full-time students without comparable coverage for drugs AND dental and is optional for those registered part-time.

Videoconferencing: Students who opt to participate in the program via video conference will be provided with the required hardware and software at a cost of $300. This fee is in addition to the tuition fees listed above.

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Students in the Professional LLM program may qualify for financial aid if they meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit York’s Student Financial Services website for more information.

Royal Bank Credit Line for OsgoodePD LLM Students

Students in the Professional LLM program may qualify for Royal Bank Credit Line of up to $80,000 at a preferential interest rate. For further details and contact information, please refer to the Information Sheet.


Osgoode Professional Development bursaries are granted to LLM students with financial need. Applications are accepted once every Fall, Winter, and Summer. To be eligible students must have completed at least one term of study.

Scholarships and Awards

International Student Entrance Scholarships

Entrance scholarships are awarded to international students applying to a full-time LLM program who demonstrate the strongest academic ability and potential as indicated by their application materials. The maximum amount awarded is $5,000. All individuals who apply and have submitted all required documents by late February of the year in which they intend to start the program and meet the criteria are eligible for these scholarships and will automatically be considered for an entrance scholarship (see application deadlines for details). If a scholarship is awarded, it will be credited to the student’s financial account during the Winter term.

The Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington Award

Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington, the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School from 1993 to 1998 and founder of Osgoode Professional Development, established this award to be given to a student pursuing studies in the LLM program. The award will be granted annually (each Fall term) to a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person, a resident of Ontario, on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Academic Waivers and Tax Credits

Academic Fee Waiver for Senior Citizens (Partial For OsgoodePD LLM Programs)

Note that this fee waiver is administered by York University, not OsgoodePD. The fee waiver is a partial waiver for this program and is capped at the current Faculty of Graduate Studies part-time tuition fee rate and covers academic fees only. Students are responsible for any additional charges including interest charges, student health, and dental plans, course materials fees, supplementary fees, etc.

Tuition and Education Tax Credit

Students may qualify for a tax credit for tuition fees and education amounts. The amount of the tax credit depends on each student’s taxable income. For information, please consult Canada Revenue Agency’s Information on Students and Income Tax.

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