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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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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 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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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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