LLM Required Application Documents

Application Form

Please go to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Online Application Instructions. The application form may be completed on-line and payment made by credit card, or the application form may be printed and submitted with a cheque. Application fees:

A non-refundable application fee is required for each graduate program to which you apply. Application fees cannot be deferred and are valid for only one application year.

Current Graduate Application Fees:

  • Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $100.00
  • International Applicants: (CDN) $162.00

Application fees are based on your citizenship at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of Canadian citizenship, and must provide proof of Permanent Residency.

***New Deadlines effective for 2020/21 intake***



Submission of on-line application form, Transcripts, Proof of Degree Conferral, TOEFL/IELTS, Thesis Proposal, C.V.

December 1.

Letters of Reference

December 15.


All applicants are required to scan and upload copies of all university transcripts, proof of degree conferral, English language translations of transcripts (if applicable), TOEFL/IELTS, to their application forms.  Photographs of documents taken using a cellular device, digital camera or sent by fax are not acceptable.  Please do not send original hard copy documents to our office at this time, if you are offered admission to the Graduate Program you will be provided with information on where to submit your hard copy original documents in order to complete the admissions process.

1) Curriculum Vitae

Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

2) University transcripts

The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts and proof of degree conferral, please include the marking guide from the corresponding university.  If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide an official English language translation.  For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.

Please note that photographs of documents taken using a cellular device, digital camera or sent by fax are not acceptable.  Please do not send original hard copy documents to our office at this time, if you are offered admission to the Graduate Program you will be provided with information on where to submit your hard copy original documents in order to complete the admissions process.

3) English Language Proficiency Test Results

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. Please consult Graduate Studies for further information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements.

4) Thesis Proposal

The LLM degree is a thesis based degree involving original research therefore it is mandatory that a thesis proposal be included in your application form. Thesis (LLM)  proposals form an important part of the admissions process and help to guide the assignment of supervisors and supervisory committees. A proposal should outline a research project that could reasonably lead to a thesis that makes an original scholarly contribution in the chosen field of legal study. The LLM thesis proposal should be approximately 5 pages (1,250 words) in length.  Clarity of expression is important.  The thesis proposal is to be uploaded to the application form under the "Experience and Interests" section.


  • an explanation of the problem you seek to address and of your working hypothesis

Literature Review

  • a clear scholarly justification for your proposed research, which sets it in the context of relevant scholarly literatures and explains how your proposed work will make an original contribution

Theory and Research Methodology

  • an explanation of the body of theory that informs your research problem and your method for exploring the proposed research problem

Project Outline (optional for LLM applicants)

  • outline of project organized by chapter

Preliminary Bibliography

  • a list of 10-20 scholarly books and articles that informs your approach to the research problem

5) Proposed Thesis Supervisors

All applicants must submit a list indicating your first and second choice for a thesis supervisor, this list should be uploaded to your application form.  There is no need to secure a thesis supervisor nor is it is necessary to contact potential thesis supervisors prior to submission of an application as many faculty members prefer that applications are referred by the Graduate Committee for their review.

For information about faculty members at the Allard School of Law, please review the faculty member profiles.  Please note that the willingness of a faculty member to supervise does not guarantee admission; the decision about whether to recommend admission remains with the Graduate Committee.  However, no one will be admitted without a faculty member agreeing to supervise. 

6) Letters of reference

The Graduate Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which (and preferably two) should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.

Please forward your thesis proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.

If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses of each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting letters of reference.  Please note that the on-line application system does not recognize public email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc. if your referee only has access to a public email address, or they are unable to submit their reference letters using the on-line system, they will have to arrange to submit their letters in hard copy format to our office, kindly refer to the letter of reference section of the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for detailed instructions with respect to letters of reference:  https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/letters-reference

We ask that you encourage your referees to submit their letters using the on-line system as this is the quickest way to receive letters of reference.  As soon as a letter of reference is uploaded to the system, a notification is sent to the applicant.

NOTE:  Only letters of reference submitted through the on-line applicaton system or in hard copy format to our office will be accepted.  Letters of reference that are emailed directly to our office will not suffice.

7. Immigration Documents

Permanent residents must provide a clear copy of the front and back of their Permanent Resident Card or other official permanent resident documentation, please scan and upload this document to your application form.

If you require assistance, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator by phone (604) 822-6449 or by e-mail graduates@allard.ubc.ca.