Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law (LLM)


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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
CAD 22805 per total

How you will study

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
CAD 43585 per total

All study options

About Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law at Osgoode Professional Development

OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM is a graduate program in law designed specifically for lawyers and professionals with legal work experience. Each of our distinct specializations focuses on interdisciplinary learning and provides you with a unique mix of academic, applied, and theoretical perspectives.  You will learn through interactive discussions and explore practical issues related to your specialization. You’ll have access to a wide range of elective options to broaden your legal knowledge or explore new areas related to your professional interests.  

The Canadian Common Law specialization offers an in-depth examination into core Canadian common law topics, alongside a wide range of elective options. Internationally trained lawyers and law graduates who pursue this specialization benefit from academic and career support to assist in their transition to the Canadian legal marketplace. Core courses are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). Note: Completing the Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law does not automatically entitle you to practice law in Canada or to be admitted to the Bar of a Canadian province or territory. Consult the NCA or your provincial/territorial law society for more information.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLMHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesCAD 22805 per totalInternational course feesCAD 43585 per total

Entry requirements

Who is the Specialization for?

  • Graduates of law degree programs from outside Canada, OR graduates with a civil law degree from a Canadian university who wish to become licensed to practice in a Canadian common law jurisdiction, or want a solid grounding in Canadian common law for comparative law purposes. 
  • Applicants are required to have at least 2 years of professional work experience.

Note: Canadian Common Law is available on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time studies are geared to applicants who are in a career transition period or who wish to take time away from work to focus on their studies.  This is also the appropriate option for international applicants. While full-time students are welcome to work part-time during their studies, we encourage those working full-time to consider our part-time option if their legal status will enable them to. 

Admission to Professional LLM specializations is competitive. At OsgoodePD, we can help you navigate the process.  The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s completed file and takes into consideration criteria such as academic background, professional work experience, and whether the program fits your stated goals. The information below represents the minimum requirements for admission consideration to our graduate degree programs – meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission. 

  • Degree in law from outside of Canada OR a Bachelor of Civil Law from a Canadian University 
  • Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent
  • Professional work experience (recent graduates require at least 2 years) 
  • Acceptable English language proficiency (see requirements
  • Writing sample  
  • 2 recommendations (academic and/or professional)

What students think about Osgoode Professional Development

    Chunlin Nan, LLB, LLM (International Business Law), Junior Legal Consultant, Jones & Co.

    Testimonial from Chunlin Nan, LLB, LLM (International Business Law), Junior Legal Consultant, Jones & Co. , student at Osgoode Professional Development

    "Osgoode’s International Business Law program provided me with an unexpectedly fantastic experience. With the help and encouragement of my professors, I never knew that I could handle such difficult challenges until I really tried."

    Perla Smith, LLB, LLM (Canadian Common Law), Lawyer, Bair Family Law

    Testimonial from Perla Smith, LLB, LLM (Canadian Common Law), Lawyer, Bair Family Law , student at Osgoode Professional Development

    "The LLM in Canadian Common Law is an excellent learning opportunity. The LLM experience is much more valuable than completing the NCA challenge exams alone. You have the opportunity to benefit from your professor’s knowledge and experience and I was repeatedly impressed by the professor’s willingness to connect with students as fellow legal professionals. The LLM program helped me be more confident and it opened many doors for me in my legal career in Canada."

    Johann Du Plessis, BComm, LLB, LLM (Taxation Law), Tax Lawyer, Arcus Legal

    Testimonial from Johann Du Plessis, BComm, LLB, LLM (Taxation Law), Tax Lawyer, Arcus Legal, student at Osgoode Professional Development

    "[I] decided to take a sabbatical from [my] practice to delve deeper into [my] passion for tax law. The opportunity to be taught by tax industry leaders like Professor Jinyan Li, and to engage in class with other experienced and qualified peers was an opportunity only Osgoode could provide."

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