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Posted Oct. 27, 2019

5 Of The Best LLM Programs In Canada

LLMs in CanadaThe Canadian legal system differs between provinces with three different legal areas.

LLM in Canada

Quebec has a Civil Law system based on the French legal system whereas the rest of Canada has a Common Law system based on the British legal system and an Aboriginal Law system that governs people such as the Inuit, First Nations, and Métis people. It is a popular destination for LLM students and law schools in Canada offer LLM courses in English and French.

Here are five of the best LLM programs in Canada*. 

LLM at the University of Toronto

The LLM program at the University of Toronto is divided into two types, a taught LLM program with coursework only or a thesis only option. Both types can be specialised into the areas of Legal Theory, Business Law, Health Law, Criminal Law, and Ethics & Policy. The LLM programs are not designed for lawyers from other jurisdictions to then be able to practice law in Ontario. The course is usually studied full time in one year.

General LLM at McGill University

The McGill LLM is a one-year intensive full-time course and is offered with a coursework only route or as a thesis only route. LLM students can focus on areas such as Air & Space Law, Environmental Law, and Bioethics on the General LLM course. McGill University aims to offer an LLM program using the most recent research and technology to give their students all of the advantages when they start working in legal practice.

LLM in Tax Law or Common Law at the University of British Columbia

The Peter A Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia offers an LLM program on a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time students take one year to complete the program and part-time students take up to two years. Students can focus on Tax Law or Common Law and modules include Canadian Public Law and Canadian Private Law.

LLM in Common Law at the Université de Montréal

The unique legal set up of Quebec and Canada means that the Université de Montréal has a strong tradition of training students to work in the Civil and Common Law systems. They have one of the largest law departments in Canada and offer an LLM in Common Law in English. The rest of their LLM courses are taught in French and the LLM in Common Law is a full-time course that takes one year to complete.

LLM by Research at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

This is not an LLM for international students or those from outside of the province of Ontario as it will not qualify them to practice the law in Ontario. The LLM by Research at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University is for those law students who wish to pursue intensive and deep research into the law. Students study this on a full-time basis and usually take two semesters, but must take no more than four semesters, to complete their research.

Numbers of Students & International Students

Here is a table showing the number of students attending these universities in Canada, and the percentage of these that are international students.

Best Canadian LLM Universities

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Saher shawana Dec. 13, 2019, 7:42 a.m.

I am a law graduate from India. Want to know about the post graduation courses in LLM. Please advise on where to start.
Thanks & Regards,

Charlotte King Dec. 20, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Hi Saher – our section on studying an LLM in Canada has plenty of useful information >
Hope this helps – Charlotte

NITIKA Jan. 3, 2020, 8:25 p.m.

I'm in my last year of BaLLB from delhi, India.
I wish to apply in Canada for LLM.

Charlotte King Jan. 6, 2020, 8:34 p.m.

Hi Nikita – to gain entry to an LLM program in Canada you need to hold a degree of LLB or its equivalent. Applicants with degrees or qualifications in a language other than English will also 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
You'll also need to get a student visa – check this link for more information on student visas in Canada >
Good luck!

Nikhil Malhotra Nov. 16, 2020, 7:10 p.m.

I want to know about job opportunities after LLM. How is the job market?

Charlotte King Nov. 18, 2020, 1:43 p.m.

Hi Nikhil – gaining an LLM is a great addition to your CV and could increase your chances of good employment in a relevant field. Our latest article in the LLMstudy blog offers some interesting insight into how highly employers regard the LLM qualification >

Priyanka Sept. 4, 2021, 9:29 a.m.

Hey there,

I'm planning to apply for LLM in Canada, I recently graduated completing my five years LLB (Hons) degree. Could you kindly let me know if there are any other requirements that i need to comply with apart from IELTS?

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