Master of Laws (Common Law) Program - LL.M. (CL)

Applications for the May 2020 admission will open on August 1, 2019.  The deadline for all application documents is October 31, 2019. The deadline for letters of reference is November 15, 2019.

Applications for the September 2020 admission will open on September 1, 2019.  The deadline for all application documents is December 15, 2019.  The deadline for letters of reference is January 10, 2020.

(Applications early in the cycle, particularly for international applicants needing student visas, are strongly encouraged.)


The Master of Laws (Common Law) Program (LLM CL) is a one-year full-time course-based master's program, with a two-year part-time option.

The Program, the first of its kind in Canada, provides foundational training in Canadian common law for foreign trained or non-common law trained lawyers, offering students the opportunity to complete a master's degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for practicing law in Canada.

Over the course of the Program, LLM CL students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of course-work, including at least one intensive foundational course dedicated to LLM CL students. Students fulfill their remaining credits from the many graduate or upper-year JD courses offered by the Allard School of Law, which include those courses commonly required by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) to practice law in Canada. Detailed information on the course-work requirements for the LLM CL Program can be found on our Curriculum page.


Program Start Date:

Students with a common law degree may begin the LLM CL Program in May or September.

Students without formal common law training must begin the LLM CL Program in May. The May start date allows for the completion of foundational courses in Canadian law before the advanced graduate or upper-year J.D. courses offered in September.

Program Information

For detailed information on the LLM CL Program, including curriculum, admissions requirements and how to submit an application, please click on the corresponding links to the left of this page.

View the LLM CL Program's application, registration and completion statistics.



Please review the detailed information contained on our website. If, after reviewing our website, you have unanswered questions, please contact Mr. Alan Grove, Graduate Professional Program Coordinator, by e-mail at


Updated 24 Sep 2018