Master of Laws (Common Law) Program - How to Apply

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year - NEW MAY APPLICATION DATES

  Applications Open

Deadline for ALL materials - including letters of reference

May 2019 Start August 1st 2018 October 31st 2018
September 2019 Start September 1st 2018 December 15th 2018


All applications are made through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the online application. Consult Applications and Admissions for additional application information.

Application Form

Please go to 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, bank draft or money order. If paying by cheque, bank draft or money order, please direct payment to "UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies."

Application fees

  • Canadian (and Permanent Resident, Refugee, and Diplomat) applicants: $102 CDN
  • International applicants: $165 CDN

The application fee may be waived for:

  • International applicants whose citizenship and correspondence address is located in one of the world's 50 least developed countries, as declared by the United Nations. These countries include but are not limited to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda. A complete list of countries is available here; and
  • BC residents who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 65 years or over at the time of application.

If you are eligible for an application fee waiver, you do not need to apply for it. You will not be asked for a fee when you complete the online application.

Required Supporting Documents:

In order to have your application considered for the 2018/19 intake, all applicants must submit an application through the on-line application system and at the time of application are required to upload to their application: all transcripts (including English language translations), proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS test results (if required), and CV.  Email addresses for all referees must be included in the on-line application.  Letters of reference - whether through the system or a hard-copy mailed to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM CL Program - must be received no later than December 15th.

Please note that if the documents are not uploaded to the application form by the application deadline, your application will not be considered for admission.  The Graduate Program office is no longer accepting hard copy documents by mail.  All documents such as transcripts, proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS, etc. must be scanned and uploaded to your application.  Photographs or screenshots taken using a cellular or device or camera or documents forwarded by email or fax to our office will not be accepted.
Curriculum Vitae

Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc.  Please upload a copy of your CV to your online application.

University transcripts 

The LLM CL Program requires official copies of all university transcripts. If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide a plain language English language translation. For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts. Your transcripts and degree certificates, including translated copies if needed, must be uploaded directly to the online application.  Copies mailed by post will not be accepted, except in special circumstances. 

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 and Postdoctoral Studies for further  information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements.
The LLM CL Program 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; or
  • GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

The examining body must send results directly to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM CL Program. For TOEFL examinations, our institution code is 0965 and the department code is 03.

Letters of reference

The LLM CL Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.

If you add the email addresses of your referees to your online application, an email will be sent to your referees giving them several options for submitting letters of reference. If your referees prefer to provide you with hard copies of the letters, then the letters must be in sealed envelope with the seal signed by the referee. You may then forward the unopened letters of reference to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM CL Program.

Immigration Documents 

Permanent residents must provide a clear copy of their Permanent Resident Card (front and back) or other documentation.

Please upload all supporting documents to your online application.  If you are offered admission, additional instructions will be provided at that time, regarding documentation required by post. 


If you require assistance, please contact the program by e-mail at

Updated 10 May 2018