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Posted July 10, 2018

How Much Does It Cost To Study An LLM In Canada?

How much does it cost to study an LLM in CanadaStudying an LLM in Canada has lots in common with both the US and Europe, but the associated costs can vary when compared internationally.

LLM in Canada

There are various funding options in Canada that you can explore, including scholarships for international students.

Here we take a look at how the different costs associated with studying an LLM in Canada – all of the prices are in Canadian Dollars. 

Tuition fees 

Just like many countries, Canadian law schools offer substantial discounts to domestic students, but tuition fees in Canada can vary significantly between institutions. The LLM course at the prestigious University of Toronto costs $38,712 for international students and $11,350 for domestic students. Alternatively, the University of British Columbia, which is very well respected, charges tuition fees of $9,503 for international students and offers the discounted rate of $5,796 to domestic students. Many international students qualify as domestic students and you should check with your institution if you are already resident in Canada or have parents or relatives who are. 

Other course costs 

Most Canadian universities and law schools charge an additional student fee which is a flat rate for both domestic and international students of between $500 and $1,000 per academic year. This fee is not always included in the published tuition fee, but it should be clearly stated in the course or university literature. There are also considerations like text books, which can be expensive and you should budget around $300 for them. Many law schools also charge an application fee of between a $100 and $200 per application, but this does vary between provinces. 


Rental accommodation varies massively and students in the big cities like Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver who are renting privately should expect to spend up to $900 per month, which is comparable to other international cities. Most universities in Canada offer a Graduate House, just like Dalhousie University, which is a student accommodation block devoted to postgraduate students. At Dalhousie University the Grad House costs $7,905 for a full academic year. Many students live at home while studying, so for international students, you might find that although you are living with students from around the world and from other parts of Canada, you are not living with any locals. 


Commuting around Canadian cities is similar to most large cities with comprehensive local transportation. It depends on how far you are commuting or if you are driving so you'll want to find out about parking charges on campus too. You should budget for around $100 to $200 a month on commuting. Travelling across Canada is usually done by plane, because of the large distances involved, however, you will meet people driving for days at a time to get home. All of the large cities are well served by international flights, with most destinations around the world flying to Toronto airport. Flights from most European destinations usually cost between $500 and $1,000 for a return flight. 

Living costs 

It depends on what type of accommodation you choose and what type of lifestyle you have, but if you are in self-catering accommodation and are an international student you might be surprised at the high cost of food in some parts of Canada. It depends on how and what you cook, but expect to spend between $50 and $100 per week on food. Again it all depends on your way of life, but it's important to spend time away from your LLM studies to relax, so you should budget to spend a little each month on socialising. 


The healthcare system in Canada is different from both its American and European counterparts. For domestic students they will be eligible for a provincial healthcare card and most international students will usually be eligible for this as well. However, this does not cover all your healthcare needs, such as dental care, and all international students must have separate insurance, which can cost from $50 per month. 

Cost of studying an LLM in Canada

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

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Agyei Wiseman Maxwell July 14, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Dear sir / madam , i have my first degree in law {LLB} But i wish to apply for LLM DEGREE program in Canada ,please with the greatest respect can you brief or send me an update and how to start real documentary preparations ?

Charlotte King July 18, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

Here is some information on the necessary documentation to get your Canadian Student Visa:
We also have more useful information in our Study in Canada section:
I hope this helps.
Good luck!

Shourey Jain Aug. 28, 2018, 8:16 a.m.

I am pursuing my LLB from India. Will you suggest me that if I may apply for LLM in Canada.

Charlotte King Aug. 30, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Hi Shourey,

If you have proven English language skills you should easily be able to apply to study an LLM in Canada. Here is some information on student study visas in Canada:
I suggest contacting the Canadian law schools that you're interested in for more info about their entry requirements. And don't forget that if you get accepted on an LLM program you are eligible to apply for one of our Global LLM Study Bursaries:

Good luck!

Muhammad Shoaib Sept. 4, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

Dear sir / ma'm l have completed initial law degree L.L.B and I am interested for l.l.M from Canada please update me about merit schedule for foreigner students (Pakistani) are eligible to apply with low GPA,and how much expensive is expected for whole L.L.M course

Charlotte King Sept. 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Tuition fees for an LLM in Canada can be up to around $30,000 for the year - however some Canadian law schools may offer subsidies or scholarships to students from Pakistan so it is worth checking on their websites to see what is available.
Good luck!

Umair Habib Nov. 16, 2018, 4:52 a.m.

Dear sir/madam
I did my llb from Pakistan and I wish to do Llm from Canada please give information of lowest budget program of llm in canada.

Charlotte King Nov. 19, 2018, 2:24 p.m.

Hi Umair - this article has some useful information on LLM tuition fees in Canada:
As you can see it is more for international students then it is for home students - and prices vary from around $8,000 to over $30,000.
Good luck with your studies - Charlotte

devi Nov. 27, 2018, 5:33 a.m.

Helpful tips 

Lasanda Suvimali Dec. 11, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Dear sir / madam ,
I am Srilankan. i have completed my first degree in law {LLB} But i wish to apply for LLM DEGREE program in Canada ,please with the greatest respect can you brief or send me an update and how to start real documentary preparations ?

Charlotte King Dec. 12, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Hi Lasanda,

Here is some information about applying for student visas to study an LLM in Canada:
I hope this helps.
Kind Regards,


Deepak April 5, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Respected sir.
I want studying in Canada

Yukta Kochhar April 10, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

I am pursuing my llb degree in India. I want to do LLM in corporate law from canada. But i have a question about what if i wanna complete my LLM degree from canada and later work in India itself. Will my degree hold any value?

Charlotte King April 16, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

I think your Canadian LLM will hold value in India, however I suggest you check with some local Indian law firms just to make sure they recognise this qualification.

Rajeshwari Rai April 19, 2019, 7:56 a.m.

I am doing my LLB in India. Would like to pursue my LLM in Canada. Wanted to know what are the job opportunities available in Canada for international students, how difficult it is to get permanent visa and what is the salary range for LLMs.

Shrutika Manchkar July 12, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Dear sir / madam ,
I have completed my LL.M [Environmental Law} from India. Am I eligible for applying jobs in Canada on the basis of aforesaid degree or I need to apply for LL.M in Canada first or any other suggestions from your good self would be appreciated.

Thank You,

Charlotte King July 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Canada has rather strict rules and regulations when it comes to visas and immigration – here we have some information on student visas in Canada >
If you want to work in Canada I advise you to check out the Canadian Government's official site to find out their visa restrictions for international workers >
Good luck – Charlotte

YUNDA Aug. 7, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Teacher. Hello. I am a person who earned a B.A. in law from Asia. I heard from someone else that I could take the bar exam through the LLM course in Canada. Is it possible for an international student to take the bar exam in Canada on the LLM course alone? I wonder if I can apply for the LLM course with a bachelor's degree in law acquired in my home country, and if I can take the bar exam after graduating from the LLM course.

Charlotte King Aug. 21, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Hi Yunda,
I advise you to contact the Canadian Law School that you are interested in directly and ask them about their entry requirements for the LLM program. If your BA in Law is from a recognised university and achieved with a good grade I shouldn't imagine you will have any difficulty being accepted onto an LLM program in Canada as long as you can arrange your student visa.
Good luck - Charlotte

Ganesh Lakshmanan Oct. 17, 2019, 10:03 a.m.

Dear Group Mates,

Please advise me further, If i purse LL.B (Academic 3 Years) through Distance Mode in India. Will this course fulfill the eligibility requirement to study Full Time LL.M in the future (Germany, USA, Canada or INDIA).

Waiting for your advise.

Charlotte Oct. 18, 2019, 8:03 a.m.

If you study an LLB that is taught in the English language by a recognised university via distance learning, then as long as you secure a decent grade (2.1) you should be eligible to go on to study an LLM program in a country of your choice. Good luck!

Muhammad Hamza Mubarak Nov. 2, 2019, 5:29 a.m.

I have complete my llb from pakistan. Am i eligible to apply for llm from canada on the base of scholarship.

Waiting for your advise.

Charlotte King Nov. 10, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Hi Mohammed – if you get offered a place on an LLM program in Canada then you will be eligible to apply for one of our Global LLM Bursaries worth £500 each >
Good luck – Charlotte

Komal Nov. 14, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

I did my LLB from Pakistan now I want to do my LLM from Canada so give some information of lowest budget so I start my study from canada

Charlotte Nov. 20, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Hi Komal – this article on tuition fees in Canada has lots of useful information >

Ahmad Nawaz babar March 1, 2020, 1:38 a.m.

Aoa sir/mam
I have completed my LLB with 55% marks and now I want to take admission for LLm in Canada without ielts plz tell me that it is possible?

Charlotte King March 3, 2020, 8:05 a.m.

Hi Ahmad – if you are from a country where English is not your first language you will usually have to provide proof of English language skills such as an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificate to gain entry to a law school in Canada – there is more information in this article >

Summaiya Pathan Dec. 1, 2020, 2:55 a.m.

Respected Sir
I am a practicing lawyer in India.I had completed my Bsl.LLb (5years degree) in 2008. I had law practice of 12 years. I am interested to practice in canada as well i want to study LLM in canada.can I proceed for it or not. As well whats the procedure to do so Please guide me in detail. Waiting for your reply.

Charlotte King Dec. 1, 2020, 6:24 p.m.

Our section on studying an LLM in Canada should cover all the information you need.
Good luck!

Syeda Jan. 25, 2021, 4:42 p.m.

I have done my BA. LLB from india. What is the procedure for getting admission for LLM in Canada. Any scholarships. Also can i get any job in canada while doing my LLM

Charlotte King Jan. 26, 2021, 8:06 a.m.

Hi Syeda – if you are an international student you will need to meet English language requirements – 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.
This blog has some useful information on getting a job in Canada post-LLM >
Good luck!

Emeka Ede July 1, 2021, 12:14 a.m.

Hello there. I have an LLB from a Nigerian University. Do Canadian universities offers full tuition scholarships? . If so, which law schools do you recommend?

Charlotte King July 1, 2021, 5:22 p.m.

Hello Emeka – this article has some useful information about funding your studies in Canada >
And don't forget that once you have been offered a place on your chosen LLM or postgraduate law program you will be eligible to apply for one of our x10 PG Law and LLM bursaries worth £500 each >

Gidagui Stephen Aug. 29, 2021, 9:59 a.m.

Am Gidagui Stephen, a ugandan who has LLB from Uganda university, please get for an affordable University in Canada and how tuition and how do I apply for student visa and can in Canada. Thx

Charlotte King Sept. 1, 2021, 9:43 a.m.

Hi Stephen – our editorial section about studying in Canada contains plenty of useful articles and great advice on studying an LLM in Canada including student visa advice and tuition fees costs >
Once you have been accepted on an LLM course at a law school in Canada you will be eligible to apply for one of our PG Law Bursaries worth £500 each >

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