The LLM at the Peter A. Allard School of Law is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. The program attracts students with overseas common and civil law training, as well as those with LL.B. or J.D. degrees from Canada and the United States.
The degree requirements include course work and a thesis. The focal point of the degree (and most of the course credits) is the thesis. Working closely with a supervising faculty member, students in the LLM program are expected to produce a substantial piece of original legal scholarship and of publishable quality.
The LLM provides an opportunity for focused study in a chosen field of law. It does not, of itself, qualify a holder for entry to the legal profession in British Columbia or any other certification for legal practice.
The program is normally of one year’s duration.
Updated January 4, 2017: *We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017/18 intake. Applications for the 2018/19 academic year will be open on September 1, 2017.*
Earlier applications, particularly for international applicants needing student visas, are strongly encouraged. In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must submit an application through the on-line application system. It is recommended that at the time of application, applicants should upload to their application: all transcripts (including English language translations), proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS test results (if required), thesis proposal and list of possible thesis supervisors. Email addresses for all referees must be included in the on-line application and all referees will be required to submit their letters through the on-line application system, the reference submission deadline is January 8, 2018.
Please note that if the documents (with the exception of letters of reference) are not uploaded to the application form by the December 15th deadline, your application will not be considered for admission. The Graduate Program office is no longer accepting hard copy documents by mail. All documents such as transcripts, proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS, etc. must be scanned and uploaded to your application. Photographs or screenshots taken using a cellular or device or camera or documents forwarded by email or fax to our office will not be accepted.
Applications Open: September 1st.
Application and document submission deadline: December 15th.
- Letter of Reference Deadline: January 8, 2018.
Program Start Date: September of year of intake
For detailed information on the LLM Program, including curriculum, admissions requirements and how to submit an application, please click on the corresponding links to the left of this page.
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