Master's (LL.M) Program - Admissions Requirements

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

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Laws degree or its equivalent from an approved law faculty. In addition, all applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate 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 Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Individuals of Aboriginal ancestry are particularly encouraged to apply. Please read the additional information for Aboriginal applicants to graduate programs.

Faculty Supervisor

All applicants are asked to identify preferred supervisors in their application packages.  Please review the faculty profiles and feel free to contact faculty members before applying to determine if they are accepting graduate students to supervise.  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.

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, the Faculty will not admit students to the LLM program without a member agreeing to supervise.

International Credentials

For applicants with international credentials, including degrees from non-Canadian universities, please consult Graduate 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 in the Allard School of Law. Please consult Graduate Studies for further information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements. The Graduate Program in Law 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".

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.