LLMs in Canada
Studying an LLM in Canada
There are many universities in Canada that offer LLM programs including the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, Toronto University, Queens University, the University of Ontario and the University of Victoria, and these institutions offer the LLM courses on full-time, part-time and sometimes even on a distance-learning basis.
Why study in Canada
As the world’s second largest country by total surface area (after Russia), Canada is a diverse and interesting country, featuring breathtaking scenery, a wealth of cultural activities, fabulous outdoors’ activities and amazing working opportunities. It is a federation consisting of ten provinces and three territories – each offering something different to prospective postgraduate students, however students should bear in mind that each province will have different rules and requirements so its worth checking these out before choosing your LLM program. These regulations will also effect the possibilities of overseas students staying on in Canada to work after they have completed their program – so make sure you research this thoroughly to avoid disappointment. In many cases international students must obtain a study permit before they can study in Canada – so make sure you research what documentation you need.
Studying an LLM program in Canada does not necessarily qualify the student to then sit the Canadian Bar exam or to practice law in Canada, but there are still many reasons why you should opt to do your postgraduate program in Canada – not least of all because it is a great opportunity to study and live in a fabulous country!
Admissions to a Canadian LLM program
To gain entry to an LLM program in a Canadian institution applicants should generally hold a degree of LLB or its equivalent. Applicants with degrees or qualifications in a language other than English will probably need to demonstrate their English language skills by obtaining exam scores in one of the following:
TOEFL: Minimum paper-based score of 600 or a total score of 100 with at least 25 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based)
IELTS: Minimum band score of 7.0
PTE: Minimum score of 68
Tuition fees and living costs
However bear in mind that many institutions offer graduate students some form of financial assistance, be it in the form of scholarships, studentships, research assistantships or other awards – so check the website of your preferred institution to see what sort of financial assistance is on offer.
And don’t forget Postgrad Solutions Global LLM Study Bursaries which are open to postgraduate students studying an LLM program anywhere in the world!
Eligibility to study an LLM program in Canada
As an international student, to be eligible to study in Canada you must demonstrate the following:
Some Canadian universities have an application fee, these can be around $100 Canadian Dollars for Canadian nationals and around $150 Canadian Dollars for international students – so factor this into your overall costs.
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