Master of Laws (Common Law) Program - Admission Requirements

Applicants must normally hold a Bachelor of Laws degree or its equivalent from a university outside Canada or hold a Bachelor of Civil Laws (and not a common law degree) from a Canadian university.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must meet Graduate Studies' minimum admission requirements. For master's degree programs, the requirements are as follows:

Applicants with Canadian or U.S. Credentials

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC with one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses; or
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants with International Credentials

For applicants with international credentials (i.e., degree(s) from outside of Canada), please consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for information on the minimum academic standards (i.e., years of study, overall GPA, and degree/credential earned) required for admission.

English Language Requirements

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. The examining body must send results directly to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM CL Program.

The LLM CL Program requires:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 100, of which the reading, listening and writing component minimum is 75;
  • IELTS: minimum overall band of 7.0 with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0; or
  • GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

Please note that while UBC's English Language Institute offers an Intensive English Program designed to prepare students for graduate study in English, the Faculty still requires students who complete the program or other English language training courses to demonstrate proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations.