LLM in International Business Law

OsgoodePD - Osgoode Hall Law School - York University

Program Description

LLM in International Business Law

OsgoodePD - Osgoode Hall Law School - York University

Program Overview

This one-year, full-time specialization is designed to give lawyers and professionals from around the world advanced training in international business law. The award-winning faculty teaches the latest developments in international trade law, international finance, international business transactions, taxation of cross-border transactions and other related topics. The specialization provides students with knowledge in critical, core international business law courses while allowing you the opportunity to pursue your academic interests through electives.

Who is this Specialization for?

Law graduates, preferably with legal practice experience, related work experience or a demonstrated interest in international business law.

Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of work experience related to international business law, such as contract management, trade, negotiation, regulation, or governance.

Specialization Structure

The International Business Law specialization is a 1 year (four terms) full-time program. All courses in require in-person attendance and are scheduled in a variety of formats (daytime, evening, weekend and intensive) across both Osgoode Hall and OsgoodePD campuses. 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

36 Credits as Follows:

  • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Research and Writing for International Students
  • At least 21 credits of core courses
  • Research Paper Requirement (choice of the following):
    • Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a form of evaluation in one course; or
    • Independent Significant Research Paper [3 credits] (30 pages); or
    • Major Research Paper [6 credits] (70 pages)

Note: The program starts either in early July or early August depending on whether you are required to take one of our preparatory courses

  • Courses, Course Code, Status, Number of Credits
  • Introduction to Canadian Law, LAW 6513, Required, 3.0 credits
  • Legal Research and Writing for International Students, LAW 6508, Required, 3.0 credits
  • Advanced Contract Law, BLIS 6890, Core, 3.0 credits
  • Anti-Money Laundering and International Country Sanctions - Global Regulatory Challenges, LAW 6512, Core, 3.0 credits
  • Contracts for Business, BLIS 6875, Core, 3.0 credits
  • Independent Significant Research Paper, LAW 6848P, Core, 3.0 credits
  • International Business Transactions, LAW 6509, Core, 6.0 credits
  • International Commercial Arbitration, BLIS 6298, Core, 6.0 credits
  • International Commercial Banking, BLIS 6874, Core, 6.0 credits
  • International Finance, BLIS 6990, Core, 3.0 credits
  • International Sales Law, BLIS 6299, Core, 3.0 credits
  • International Trade Law, LAW 6505, Core, 6.0 credits
  • Taxation of Cross-border Transactions, LAW 6510, Core, 6.0 credits
  • International Business Law Internship, LAW 6511, Elective, 0.0 credits
  • Introduction to Canadian LLM Studies, LAW 6514, Elective, 0.0 credits
  • Introduction to Canadian Private Law, LAW 6517, Elective, 3.0 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

Degree Type

  • LLB or JD Degree
  • OR Strong academic record (Masters Degree Preferred) + Significant related professional experience

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 International Business Law

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Paper Based:600 (with minimum of 5 on TWE)
  • TOEFL – Computer Based:250
  • TOEFL – iBT (Internet Based):94-101
  • IELTS – Academic Type:7.0
  • YELT – York English Language Test: Band 3
  • YUELI – York University English Language Institute: Level 9 with Honours
  • 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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Last updated February 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2019
1 year
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24,132 CAD
Domestic Tuition (Excluding Supplementary Fees): $24,132.02 International Tuition (Excluding Supplementary Fees): $35,537.70
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