Master of Laws (Common Law) Program - FAQ

I'm planning to complete a PhD in Law. Should I apply for the research-based LLM or the LLM CL Program?

For those students contemplating further graduate study beyond a master's degree, the LLM and not the LLM CL is normally the preferred degree in preparation for the Allard School of Law PhD.

Do I need to write the LSAT to apply for the LLM CL Program?

No.

I'm still completing law school. Can I apply to the LLM CL Program prior to graduation?

Yes. Any offer of admission would be conditional on the successful completion of your law degree.

My law school uses a different grading scale than the one used by UBC. How can I determine whether or not I meet UBC's minimum academic requirements for the LLM CL Program?

UBC's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website sets out the minimum academic requirements by country. Simply select the country in which you went to law school from the drop-down menu.

My law school grades are below the minimum academic requirements for the LLM CL Program. Can I still apply?

The LLM CL Program is highly competitive, and we generally require applicants to meet the minimum academic requirements. However, we will receive applications from candidates with grades below the minimum academic requirements. In such cases, we closely look at supporting materials to assess suitability for the Program (considering things such as other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would adequately prepare the applicant for successful study in the LLM CL Program).

I completed my law degree via distance education. Am I eligible to apply for the LLM CL Program?

Yes.

If I send you some or all of my application materials in advance, can you tell me whether or not I'm likely to be accepted into the LLM CL Program?

No. We cannot tell interested candidates if they are likely to be accepted into the Program outside of the formal application process.

English is my second language. Do I need to write an English language proficiency exam to apply to the LLM CL Program?

The requirement for demonstrating English language proficiency is connected to the language of instruction at an applicant's law school, not the applicant's first language. If English was the primary language of instruction at your law school, then you do not need to write an English language proficiency exam; however, if English was not the primary language of instruction, then you need to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved exams (TOEFL, IELTS or GCE). Details on the LLM CL Program's required minimum test scores for these exams can be found on the Admission Requirements page.

Where can I find a paper application form?

We do not have paper application forms. Applications are completed online via Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' website.

What is the NCA?

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is the body charged with determining the additional qualifications required for foreign-trained lawyers to practice law in Canada. It is run by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, independent from Canadian universities. Contact information, and details on the accreditation process, can be found on the NCA's website.

How does the NCA relate to the LLM CL Program?

If you obtained your law degree outside of Canada and wish to practice law in Canada, then you must apply to the NCA to have your education and work experience assessed. In its assessment, the NCA will determine what additional training you require in order to be eligible to practice law in Canada. The LLM CL Program has been designed in consultation with the NCA to help students demonstrate competency in those subjects where the NCA commonly requires additional training. As an LLM CL student, you would be able to select Allard School of Law courses to help you meet the NCA's requirements while you also complete a master's degree.

Must I apply to the NCA for an assessment prior to applying for or starting the LLM CL Program?

No. The LLM CL Program is designed to provide students with a thorough foundation in Canadian common law whether they wish to practice law in Canada or not. However, if you plan to practice law in Canada, then applying to the NCA before the start of the LLM CL Program is helpful because you will know which subjects the NCA requires of you and you can select courses accordingly.