Master's (LL.M) Program - Curriculum

LLM Curriculum

(Revised November 2017; Effective September 1 2018.  For previous curriculum guidelines, click here)

The curriculum in the LLM degree is designed around the thesis. The degree requires the completion of 36 credits, assigned as follows:

  • LAW 500 – Current Legal Problems (4 credits)
  • LAW 524D – Methodologies in Law and Policy (3-4 credits
  • Elective course work (8-9 credits)
  • LLM thesis (20 credits)

Required Courses

  • LAW 500 – Current Legal Problems (4 credits)

This seminar gives students the skills to access a wide range of legal theories meaningfully, and to make informed judgments about how, or whether, to apply these theories to their thesis, their writing, and their understanding in the future.

  • LAW 524D – Methodologies in Law and Policy (3-4 credits)

This seminar aims to develop students’ capacity to select and defend an appropriate methodology for a research proposal that explores an aspect of law, policy or legal regulation.

Elective Course Work

Students in the LLM program must complete an additional 8-9 credits of course work drawn from the graduate or upper year JD curriculum, or by enrolling in directed research courses. Please see the LLM Guidelines for more information on the electives, directed studies, courses outside of Allard Law.  

Students in the LLM program are not permitted to enroll in courses in the LLM CL program, including, but not limited to, LAW 505 Canadian Public Law, LAW 515 Contractual Obligations and Remedies, and LAW 525 Canadian Criminal Law & Procedure.

LLM Thesis

The LLM thesis provides students with an opportunity to conduct a substantial piece of original legal research and make a scholarly contribution to their chosen field of law. The thesis is the focal point of the degree, accounting for 20 credits of the 36-credit degree.

A student writes their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member of the Allard School of Law on a subject of the student’s choosing. The thesis is evaluated by the supervisor and a second reader. The second reader is usually another member of the faculty, but, where appropriate, may also be from faculty at UBC or another university.

Please see the LLM Guidelines for more information on the expectations of the LLM Thesis.


Grading Policies

Students are subject to the minimum grading requirements as set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For more information, please see their website for grading policies.


(updated 22 June 2018)