UBC Law Graduate Program

Master of Laws (LLM) Common Law Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) Common Law Program (LLM CL) is a full-time, year-long, course-based master's program that provides foundational training in Canadian common law for foreign trained or non-common law trained lawyers.

The Program, the first of its kind in Canada, offers students the opportunity to complete a master's degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for the practice of 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 UBC Law's many graduate or upper-year JD courses, 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.

Important Dates:

Applications Open: October 1.

Application Deadline: December 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply in advance of this deadline.

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 is encouraged for all students because it allows for the completion of foundational courses in Canadian law before the advanced graduate or upper-year JD 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.

Download the LLM CL Program information sheet.

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 the Director, Graduate Certificate and Professional Programs by e-mail at graduates@law.ubc.ca.


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