Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law Osgoode Professional Development
The Only Program of Its Kind in Canada.
Build a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system for your academic and professional goals in law.
The Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law is designed to provide a deep understanding of Canadian law in the key areas of public and private law. It covers foundational aspects of the Canadian legal landscape, including Canada’s legal history and structure; skills-focused topics, such as legal research and writing; and more specialized topics, through elective courses of your choice. Learn from expert faculty and network with professionals across a variety of industries. The Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law opens the doors to better career opportunities in the Canadian legal market and can set the stage for further graduate study.
Who should apply?
- Graduates of law degree programs from civil law jurisdictions outside Canada who need to build a strong foundation in common law before pursuing accreditation to practice in Canada.
- Internationally trained law graduates looking for academic and career training and support.
Program Start and Application Deadlines
The diploma accepts new students once each calendar year, in the Winter term.
Winter Tern: Starts in January
- Applications Open: February 1
- International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: April 15
- Final Deadline: September 15
- A degree in law from outside Canada with a minimum overall “B” (75%) average (or equivalent)
- Applicants without a law degree must have an honors bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall “B” (75%) average or (or equivalent) and at least two years of relevant professional experience involving exposure to legal or regulatory issues
- Acceptable English language proficiency
- TOEFL IBT: 88
- IELTS Academic: 7.0 Overall
- Duolingo: 115
How to Apply
Create Your OsgoodePD Applicant Profile
Create an applicant profile in our online application portal. This portal allows us to gather your information, transcripts, and other documents electronically. You will receive an email with directions outlining how to create a new password for your application, along with a link to access the application.
Upload Application Documents
The following documents are required:
- Writing Sample
- Contact Information for Two References
- Official Proof of Language Proficiency (if applicable)
Pay and Submit
Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $130 CAD application fee.
Wait for Review
Timelines for decisions vary by program, but we will be in touch if we have questions about your application or need more information.
What to Expect
The full-time diploma is delivered in in-person, seminar-style classes. Students are required to complete 18 credits of course work, including 12 credits of required courses and then 6 credits of elective courses. Classes are held from January to August at our downtown Toronto location or on the York University Keele Campus.
- GDFC 6201 Canadian Legal Research and Analysis
- GDFC 6202 Academic and Applied Legal Writing
- GDFC 6203 Introduction to Canadian Public Law
- GDFC 6204 Introduction to Canadian Private Law