The Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program is a year-long, course-based professional program that provides foundational training in the common law and in Canadian law for foreign trained or non-common law trained lawyers. The program begins in May with intensive courses in Canadian public and private law over the summer (May-July) that introduce core common law concepts and the foundations of Canadian law. Students complete their degree with courses from the broad array of upper-year JD and graduate-level offerings.
The program, unique in Canada, offers students the opportunity to complete a masters' degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for the practice of law in Canada. If you have a foreign legal training and are interested in practicing law in Canada, then you must consult with and apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), the body charged with determining the additional qualifications required for foreign-trained lawyers to practice in Canada. The courses in the Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program degree are designed to meet NCA requirements.
For those students contemplating further graduate study beyond the masters' degree, the LLM and not the LLM CL is normally the preferred degree in preparation for the UBC Law PhD.
Application Deadline: December 1st
(Earlier applications, particularly for international applicants needing student visas, are strongly encouraged.)
Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program Description (including admission requirements and curriculum)
Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Required Documents (for application)
Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Tuition and Scholarships
Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Guidelines
Please review the detailed information in the Program Description and, if you are applying, in the Required Documents. If you have additional questions, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Download the LLM CL program information sheet. (PDF)