Master of Laws (Common Law) Program - LL.M. (CL)

The Graduate Committee at the Allard School of Law reviews all applications and makes recommendations for admission to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Laws degree or its equivalent from an approved law faculty. In addition, all applicants must meet the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' minimum admission requirements. For master’s degree programs, the requirements are as follows:

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.
  • 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 the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

International Credentials

For applicants with international credentials, including degrees from non-Canadian universities, please consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for information about admission requirements for applicants with international credentials.

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 Graduate Program at Allard Hall. Please consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for further information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements. The Graduate Program at Allard Hall 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.
  • GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

The examining body must send results directly to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM CL Program. For TOEFL examinations, our institution code is 0965 and the department code is 03.

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 others like it to demonstrate proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations.