To Windsor Law’s inaugural LLM class - a warm welcome! We are excited to have you here. Our LLM class is made up of students who come from Canada and from all around the world. They have great diversity and richness of experience that includes students who have practised law, who have advanced degrees in other disciplines in addition to law, and who all have far-reaching subject matter interests and aspirations for their LLM degrees that show commitment to the ideals of access to justice and/or transnational law.
Dr. Laverne Jacobs, Director of Graduate Studies, Windsor Law
The Windsor Law LLM Program
Our LLM program has two distinctly unique characteristics.
-An emphasis on rigorous scholarship centred on our institutional themes of Access to Justice and Transnational Law.
-An innovative experiential learning component that allows students in the LLM with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning stream to complete a certificate in university teaching, and to engage in law teaching during the course of their study.
Students may choose from two streams: a one-year (12 month) regular LLM or a two-year (24 month) LLM with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. The central requirement for both streams is the completion of original publishable research. This major written piece of original research, or thesis, may be submitted as one single document or as a set of related publishable papers addressing a single research question and totalling approximately 100-125 pages.
Students enrolled in our innovative LLM with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program have a unique experiential learning experience. In year 1, students will complete the University of Windsor’s University Teaching Certificate. In year 2, they will be designated as Teaching Fellows and have the opportunity to complete a teaching practicum at the Faculty of Law. Formalized university teacher training and law teaching experiences are unprecedented experiential learning opportunities among Canadian LLM programs. No other Canadian Masters Program in Law offers this.
Windsor Law’s LLM. offers students the opportunity to be integrated into a scholarly community. Given the small size of the program, students will engage closely with faculty members who are leading experts in their fields.
Windsor Law is a learner-centred community that values intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary research and global scholarship. Successful LLM applicants will be able to draw on our Faculty’s strengths in its two main themes of Access to Justice and Transnational Law.
The Law Faculty’s two main themes provide large and flexible envelopes within which graduate studies may be undertaken. The admissions committee will make its best efforts to find a supervisor who shares the research interests of every suitable applicant whose proposed research falls largely within these themes. Suitable applicants will not be turned away simply because their research interests do not fit squarely within the confines of either stream. Most importantly, students will only be admitted if they can be assured a supervisor.
We pride ourselves in a small and well-nurtured graduate student community. We currently accept 3-4 students per year. Successful applicants will normally have received high academic standing (B+) in law school studies.
Windsor Law’s LL.M students take courses that help them to develop a strong research foundation and deepen their knowledge in a given legal or socio-legal field. Required courses include research methods, legal theory and the graduate seminar. Students in the LL.M with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning stream also enrol in courses focusing on topics such as law teaching with cultural competence, lecturing, course design and pedagogical assessment.
Our LL.M courses and seminars are designed specifically for graduate students in Law. Exceptionally, students may enrol in up to two additional courses, as either electives or to supplement their research. These courses may be taken from the JD program or from a cognate discipline for students interested in interdisciplinary research. Students will work with their supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies to ensure an evaluation in non-LL.M courses that is suitable for a student in the LL.M program.