Professional LLM in International Business Law Osgoode Professional Development
OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM is a graduate program in law designed specifically for lawyers and professionals with legal work experience. Each of our distinct specializations focuses on interdisciplinary learning and provides you with a unique mix of academic, applied, and theoretical perspectives. You will learn through interactive discussions and explore practical issues related to your specialization. You’ll have access to a wide range of elective options to broaden your legal knowledge or explore new areas related to your professional interests.
The International Business Law specialization offers an in-depth examination of Canadian and comparative private law concepts. Required and core courses address varied elements of international business practice, including business transactions, cross-border taxation, international arbitration, and international trade. You will explore current trends in international law practice, learning about relevant international legal instruments, regulatory changes, and important ethical considerations. International Business Law students may take courses from many of our business-related specializations, including Business Law, Intellectual Property, Securities, and Financial Law. International Business Law students who are internationally-trained lawyers pursuing accreditation to practice law in Canada may take NCA-accredited electives as well.
Who is the Specialization for?
- Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have a strong demonstrated interest in international business law and wish to establish or develop a practice in this area of specialization
- Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of senior-level work experience directly related to international business law in areas such as governance, compliance, risk management, or finance
Note: Our full-time Professional LLM options are geared to applicants who are in a career transition period or wish to take time away from work to focus on their studies. While full-time students are welcome to work part-time during their studies, we encourage those working full–time to consider our part-time options.
The International Business Law specialization accepts new students twice each calendar year, in the Fall term and the Winter term.
Winter Term: Starts in January
- Applications Open: February 1
- International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: April 15
- Final Deadline: September 15
Fall Term: Starts in September
- Applications Open: October 1
- International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: January 15
- Final Deadline: May 1
Admission to Professional 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 criteria such as academic background, professional work experience, and whether the program fits your stated goals. The information below represents the minimum requirements for admission consideration to our graduate degree programs – meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.
- JD/LLB degree or undergraduate degree (a graduate degree is an asset to non-legal professionals)
- Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent)
- Professional work experience (JD/LLB graduates require at least 2 years, while non-legal professionals require at least 5 years of related senior-level experience)
- Acceptable English language proficiency
- TOEFL IBT: 102-109
- IELTS Academic: 7.5 overall and 7.0 in reading and writing
- Duolingo: 125
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.
The Professional LLM in International Business Law requires the completion of 36 credits, including a research requirement. The program is designed to be completed in one year (three active terms) through a combination of required and core courses, related electives, and up to 6 credits of outside electives.
What You Can Expect
The program is designed to be completed in one year (three active terms) by completing 12 credits (two to four courses) per term. Full-time students usually take all their courses in person and are expected to visit campus on a regular basis.
Courses in the International Business Law specialization are scheduled in a variety of ways, primarily as daytime intensive courses or weekly evening courses. Courses may be held at our downtown Toronto location or on the York University Keele campus.
In your first term of admission, you may be assigned a course as a condition of your admission. Admission condition courses count towards your degree requirements. Students with the following profiles usually have required introductory courses:
- Internationally-trained lawyers: GNRL 6209 – Canadian Graduate Legal Research & Writing (Online) (3 Credits)
- Professionals without a law degree: GNRL 6149 Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies (3 Credits)
- International students from civil law or distance education backgrounds: GNRL 6514 Introduction to Canadian LLM Studies (no weighting)
You will start the International Business Law program by completing your required courses. You should expect your first term to be heavier, particularly if you are taking introductory and required courses. These courses are designed to support new students and scaffold their knowledge and skills, so they tend to have a larger number of class hours and assignments than the core and elective courses do.
Required courses are typically offered twice a year, in the Fall and Winter terms:
- A Foundational Course in Canadian Law (choice of 3)
- CCLW 6502 – Foundations of Canadian Law (3 credits) OR
- CCLW 6402 – Foundations of Canadian Law (Online) (3 credits) OR
- CCLW 6847 – Canadian Public and Constitutional Law (6 credits)
- GNRL 6209 – Legal Research and Writing for International Students (Online) (3 Credits)
Required courses in this specialization must be taken in the first term of study. Students who have taken an equivalent course at another law school may request exemption from one or both required courses.
You must complete at least 21 credits from International Business Law courses or related electives. The remaining credits may be drawn from courses in unrelated specializations, so long as you have any required prerequisite knowledge for those courses. Internationally-trained lawyers working toward accreditation may use their elective space to take NCA-accredited courses. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below.
The research requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following three options. Most students elect to fulfill the requirement through option 3:
- A Major Research Paper (70 pages, 6 Credits)
- An Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages, 3 Credits)
- A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) is completed as the means of assessment for one of the courses within the specialization.