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The Master of Laws (Common Law) Program (LLM CL) is a one-year full-time course-based master's program, with a two-year part-time option. Read more
The Master of Laws (Common Law) Program (LLM CL) is a one-year full-time course-based master's program, with a two-year part-time option.

The Program, the first of its kind in Canada, provides foundational training in Canadian common law for foreign trained or non-common law trained lawyers, offering students the opportunity to complete a master's degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for practicing law in Canada.

Over the course of the Program, LLM CL students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of course-work, including at least one intensive foundational course dedicated to LLM CL students. Students fulfill their remaining credits from the Allard School of Law's many graduate or upper-year JD courses, which include those courses commonly required by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) to practice law in Canada. Detailed information on the course-work requirements for the LLM CL Program can be found on our Curriculum page.

Courses include among others: Canadian Public Law, Canadian Private Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure, Seminar in Topics in Common Law Theory and Practice.

What makes the program unique?

UBC Law, one of Canada's leading law schools, is proud of its tradition in graduate student training and is home to one of the country's oldest and most well-established graduate programs.

The program, the first of its kind in Canada, offers students the opportunity to complete a masters' degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for the practice of law in Canada. If you have a foreign legal training and are interested in practicing law in Canada, then you must consult with and apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), the body charged with determining the additional qualifications required for foreign-trained lawyers to practice in Canada. The courses in the Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program degree are designed to meet NCA requirements.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Laws (Common Law)
- Specialization: Law
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Law

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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. Read more
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.

Academics

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.

Curriculum

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.

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Since 1988, students studying natural resources, energy and environmental law have come to the University of Calgary from around the world to pursue their thesis-based LLM degree. Read more
Since 1988, students studying natural resources, energy and environmental law have come to the University of Calgary from around the world to pursue their thesis-based LLM degree.

In September 2007 we added a course-based LLM stream to our graduate programs to better meet the needs of lawyers engaged in private, corporate and government practice in the natural resources, energy and environmental law sectors of the economy. The course-based LLM will also appeal to international students trained in civil law legal systems seeking an introduction to the common law and an opportunity to take courses and seminars on a variety of natural resources, energy and environmental law topics.

Thesis-based LLM

Our thesis-based LLM emphasizes the research and writing of a thesis. It is a full-time program that requires students to complete four half courses, two of them compulsory. This program is intended for law students who have demonstrated strong potential for advanced research and writing in a common law system on a specific legal issue and who are interested in an academic or research career. Students are only admitted in the Fall term (September). Applicants must have a law degree prior to applying to the program.

Course-based LLM

The course-based LLM is aimed at lawyers who wish to explore one or more topics within our areas of specialization at advanced levels, and at international students who wish to develop an understanding of Canadian legal processes and laws affecting the natural resources sectors. Students in our course-based LLM complete six half courses and a major research paper. The course-based LLM may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Students are only admitted in the Fall term (September). Applicants must have a law degree prior to applying to the program.

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The Master of Laws (LLM) is a one-year degree program that provides students with an opportunity for more profound study beyond their first law degree. Read more
The Master of Laws (LLM) is a one-year degree program that provides students with an opportunity for more profound study beyond their first law degree.

The LLM program can be thesis-intensive (with either a shorter or longer thesis) or coursework-only. The longer thesis option is for law students who have demonstrated a strong potential for advanced research and writing in a common law system. The shorter thesis option and coursework-only formats are for law students who wish to specialize in a specific area of law or explore common law at an advanced level.

Within the LLM program, students also have the option of applying to pursue one of four areas of concentration:
-An LLM with a Concentration in Business Law
-An LLM with a Concentration in Criminal Law
-An LLM with a Concentration in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy
-An LLM with a Concentration in Legal Theory

Students accepted into a concentration will receive a designation on their transcript. The number of places available for students in each of the areas of concentration will be limited, and acceptance into the concentrations will be on a competitive basis.

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Western Law offers the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) for professionals or academics in other disciplines who do not have a degree in Law but who feel that an understanding of law would enhance their current research or profession. Read more
Western Law offers the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) for professionals or academics in other disciplines who do not have a degree in Law but who feel that an understanding of law would enhance their current research or profession.

The MSL does not prepare one for the practice of law, and is not an entryway into the legal profession. Instead, it is intended to provide an academic footing for those whose prior research interests or professional interests touch upon legal matters.

Visit the website: http://www.admin.findamasters.com/editcourse.asp?theaction=add

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. Read more
The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. The Air and Space Law LL.M. with Thesis involves 20 credits in course work and 25 research credits.

In turn, the Non-Thesis program is suited to students who wish to gain a wide exposure to a range of taught courses within, and related to, the domain of Air and Space Law. The Non-Thesis option requires the completion of 27 course credits and a substantial Supervised Research Project (18 credits) during the third term of registration.

For more details, please see the website: http://www.mcgill.ca/law-gradprograms/programs/llm/iasl

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The LL.M. program, whether with Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity to immerse yourself in the McGill Law community by giving you maximum latitude in designing your study program. Read more
The LL.M. program, whether with Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity to immerse yourself in the McGill Law community by giving you maximum latitude in designing your study program.

Course selection and concentration

To facilitate your course selection, we encourage you to consult our suggestions of courses related to the four concentrations identified for graduate students in Law at McGill:
-Legal Traditions and Legal Theory
-International Business Law
-Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
-Regulation, Technology and Society

These concentrations do not give your LL.M. Thesis or Non-Thesis a formal specialization, but instead reflect the particular strengths and character of our graduate-level course offerings.

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Western Law offers two program options for those wishing to complete an LLM. The traditional Thesis-Based Option aims to foster advanced research and scholarship in law, and is best suited for students wishing to pursue academic careers. Read more
Western Law offers two program options for those wishing to complete an LLM.

The traditional Thesis-Based Option aims to foster advanced research and scholarship in law, and is best suited for students wishing to pursue academic careers. This program offers training in key theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to legal research and analysis. Graduates will be equipped to contribute to scholarly and political debate, and to develop answers to many emerging questions about the role of law in society.

The Project-Based Option, which was approved to commence in September 2016, is aimed at legal practitioners and recent law graduates who wish to enhance their professional credentials. Students in this program choose from a wide range of elective courses, allowing them to deepen their expertise in a particular field. Students also complete a Major Research Project designed to reflect their professional or academic interests, focusing on legal or policy issues requiring complex real-world solutions.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=78

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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The LLM at the Peter A. Allard School of Law is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. Read more
The LLM at the Peter A. Allard School of Law is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. The program attracts students with overseas common and civil law training, as well as those with LL.B. or J.D. degrees from Canada and the United States.

The degree requirements include course work and a thesis. The focal point of the degree (and most of the course credits) is the thesis. Working closely with a supervising faculty member, students in the LLM program are expected to produce a substantial piece of original legal scholarship and of publishable quality.

The LLM provides an opportunity for focused study in a chosen field of law. It does not, of itself, qualify a holder for entry to the legal profession in British Columbia or any other certification for legal practice.
The program is normally of one year’s duration, but under general University regulations a student in a Masters program has up to five years to complete the degree. The Allard School of Law offers a part-time LLM for those students with other commitments that prevent full-time study.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Laws
- Specialization: Law
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Registration options: Full or Part-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Law

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The ICL provides substantial opportunities for investigation and exchange across legal traditions that move beyond the simple acknowledgment or contrast of formal rules in different geographical places. Read more
The ICL provides substantial opportunities for investigation and exchange across legal traditions that move beyond the simple acknowledgment or contrast of formal rules in different geographical places. It encourages transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

For more information about the program, please see the website: http://www.mcgill.ca/law-gradprograms/programs/llm/icl

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-To provide students with an understanding of how knowledge is transferred into action with regard to the environment. -To develop an appreciation of the role of science in informing that process, and the role of political, socio-economic, and ethical judgments in influencing that process. Read more
-To provide students with an understanding of how knowledge is transferred into action with regard to the environment
-To develop an appreciation of the role of science in informing that process, and the role of political, socio-economic, and ethical judgments in influencing that process
-To provide a forum whereby graduate students in environment throughout the University bring their disciplinary perspectives together and enrich each other's learning through structured courses, formal seminars, and informal discussions and networking.

Through the formal courses, seminars and research, the Environment Option adds a layer of interdisciplinarity that will challenge the students to explain and defend their research and thinking in a broader context. Thus, within an interdisciplinary context, students graduating with an Environment Option should:
-Be able to describe in general terms the major environmental problems facing the world, including the implications for the natural world and all that live within it
-Be able to describe in more detail at least one important environmental problem occurring on an international, national, regional, and/or local scale
-Be able to critically summarize and analyze the known, perceived, and predicted consequences of the selected environmental example
-Be able to analyze from several perspectives (e.g., social, cultural, scientific, technological, ethical, economic, political, legislative) the reasons how and why the selected environmental problem arose
-Be able to describe and critically assess at least two approaches to solving or alleviating the selected environmental problem with regard to both the practicality and morality
-Be able to effectively communicate their research findings to non-specialist audiences
-Be familiar with various tools for environmental decision-making, as well their strengths and limitations
-Appreciate that environmental problems are complex and invariably involve uncertainty, and that the choice among possible responses is influenced by multiple legitimate perspectives, and in turn influences many actors

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The Biomedical Ethics Unit of McGill University, Montreal, was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching and public outreach. Read more
The Biomedical Ethics Unit of McGill University, Montreal, was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching and public outreach. Members of the unit have backgrounds in law, sociology, molecular genetics, history, medicine, and philosophy with cross-appointments in Social Studies of Medicine, Family Medicine, Experimental Medicine, Human Genetics, Sociology, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.

LLM in Bioethics

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes both the conceptual and practical aspects of Bioethics with students applying through the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Religious Studies and the Department of Philosophy. Students entering through Law are bound by the requirements of the Faculty of Law's LL.M. Thesis program.

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics ordinarily takes at least two years to complete, although some students have completed it in 18 months. The first year is devoted to course work (including a clinical practicum), and the second year is devoted to a Master's thesis on a topic in bioethics that also satisfies the requirements of the base discipline. Students graduate with a Master's degree from the Faculty of their base discipline (M.A., M.Sc. or LL.M.) with a specialization in bioethics.

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When it was launched, the Paralegal program at Centennial College was a direct response to the demand for paralegals, which continues today. Read more
When it was launched, the Paralegal program at Centennial College was a direct response to the demand for paralegals, which continues today.

Because the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) accredits this one-year undertaking, upon successful completion of the Paralegal program you are eligible to write the mandatory LSUC licensing examination that is required to practice as a paralegal in Ontario.

During your time in Centennial College's Paralegal courses, you will gain theoretical and practical experience, practicing and competing in mock trials. Additionally, part of the final semester is devoted to a two-day-per-week work placement that totals 196 hours — more than the experiential learning requirement of the Law Society.

Once you complete the program, you will be an integral part of the legal system — from the first client meeting until case resolution. You will have the distinction of being allowed to represent clients in criminal code offences, traffic violations, municipal offences, various boards, agencies, commissions, and tribunals as well as small claims court.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-You learn in state-of-the-art facilities such as an on-campus mock courtroom that gives you the opportunity to practice being a paralegal through moot court and mock trial competitions.
-Hands-on learning within this School of Business program includes the use of technology systems such as PCLaw, Quicklaw and other legal research tools that support paralegal objectives.
-Successful Paralegal program students are highly organized with an ability to plan and prioritize, comfortable with researching tasks, possess strong analytical, numeracy and interpersonal skills, thrive under pressure and have the ability to meet deadlines, are innovative problem solvers and decision makers, have the ability to work successfully in a team environment, and adapt easily to technology and current industry computer software.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook
-Paralegal business owner
-Paralegal for corporation
-Paralegal agent

Areas of Employment
-Law firms
-Municipal prosecutors
-Debtor/creditor agents
-Contract reviewers
-Process servers
-Notary publics/commisioners of oaths
-Paralegal firms
-Community legal service
-Government
-Insurance firms
-Self-employment
-Collection agencies
-Corporations
-Highway Traffic Act offences
-Small claims court
-Tribunals
-Provincial
-Minor criminal offense consultants

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The University of Winnipeg has received provincial approval for the creation of a new two-year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which can be pursued full or part-time and will include the option to take courses in Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs. Read more
The University of Winnipeg has received provincial approval for the creation of a new two-year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which can be pursued full or part-time and will include the option to take courses in Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs. It is the first graduate program of its kind in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Northwestern Ontario.

“The MA in Criminal Justice is an important addition to the suite of innovative, multidisciplinary graduate programs offered by the University of Winnipeg.,” said Dr. Mavis Reimer, Dean of Graduate Studies. “This degree will offer a stream designed for professionals in the various sectors of the justice system and a stream designed for research students. An important focus of the program will be on Indigenous justice issues, supporting and extending the commitment of the University to the Indigenization of its curriculum.”

The new degree is expected to begin in 2018-2019 and once fully established, will accommodate 25 students in the program. Criminal justice is a popular undergraduate program at UWinnipeg with 630 undergraduate students currently selecting it as their major.

“We are very excited to have received approval for this new Master’s which will provide students with opportunities to learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system including policing, criminal law, and corrections,” said Dr. Steven Kohm, Chair, Criminal Justice. “Students in our MA program will be able to contribute to meaningful debate and serious research into pressing issues of justice facing Manitoba and Canada. This strengthens UWinnipeg’s leadership in justice education in Western Canada.”

The new Master’s will offer either a course-based stream or a thesis stream, designed for those continuing to PhD work. Concentrations within the program will be on traditional criminal justice theory, methods, criminal justice policy, and program evaluation.

The program is expected to attract professionals already working in the field as well as undergraduates from criminal justice and related disciplines such as sociology, political science, and conflict resolution. The new degree is also expected to appeal to adult learners already established in justice and social-service professions. The program has designed opportunities for students to pursue electives in the graduate Indigenous Governance program, with a view to specifically attracting students interested in Indigenous justice issues.

Criminal justice is a discipline that has arisen at the intersection of several disciplines, including law, psychology, sociology, urban studies, and criminology since the 1960s. The UWinnipeg approach is multi-disciplinary.

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