Top 10 LL.M. Programs in Canada

LL.M. applicants are drawn to law schools in Canada for a number of reasons. Not only are LL.M.s in the country relatively affordable—especially when compared to their counterparts in the USA—Canada is also a country of stunning natural beauty and, subjectively speaking, friendly people. Although many law schools are clustered around main cities such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, there are also schools offering LL.M. programs in other parts of the country as well. Here are the top 10 law schools in Canada offering LL.M. programs.

Toronto, Canada 278 Followers 150 Discussions

The University of Toronto holds a reputation as one of the best universities in Canada. Although the magazine Maclean’s no longer publishes its annual law school ranking, while it did the University of Toronto consistently led that list. The school offers LL.M. programs in a number of topics, including Business Law, Criminal Law, and Legal Theory, among others. LLM GUIDE lists UofT’s LL.M. in Health Law, Ethics and Policy as one of the top 10 LL.M. programs in health law globally.

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Montréal, Canada 214 Followers 130 Discussions
McGill Law

McGill, because of its strong reputation, is sometimes referred to as the ‘Harvard of the North,’ although some University of Toronto supporters might take issue with that. One of only three English-language universities in Québec, law undergrads are required to be at least ‘passively bilingual’ in French and English, although LL.M.s at the school are exempt from this requirement. McGill offers a general Law LL.M., as well as an LL.M. in Environment, one in Comparative Law, and one in Air and Space Law.

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Toronto, Canada 197 Followers 94 Discussions
Osgoode Hall - York

Established in 1889, Osgoode Hall is one of the top law schools in Toronto. The school currently offers a number of LL.M. programs, including one in Canadian Common Law and another in International Business Law. LLM GUIDE lists Osgoode Hall as a top 10 school for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Law.

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Kingston, Canada 88 Followers 19 Discussions
Located in Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s has been running law programs since 1861. The LL.M. programs at Queen’s can be completed in between nine and 12 months; LL.M. students have the opportunity to complete some courses at a castle in England. In addition to a general LL.M. program, Queen’s also offers an LL.M. in Political and Legal Thought, for students interested in legal theory and legal philosophy. View School Profile
Vancouver, Canada 128 Followers 79 Discussions
UBC (Allard) Law

LL.M. applicants wishing to study in scenic Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast, need look no further than UBC. The school’s LL.M. in Common Law, in addition to providing foundational training in common law, also helps students work through the coursework requirements for practicing law in Canada. UBC also offers an LL.M. in Taxation.

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Halifax, Canada 47 Followers 16 Discussions
Dalhousie - Schulich

Dalhousie’s Halifax location means that LL.M. students study right in the middle of the beautiful Canadian province of Nova Scotia. And it’s not just the natural beauty that attracts students to the school: Dalhousie University is ranked in the top 15 Canadian universities in the Times Higher Education ranking. The school offers an LL.M. with a thesis component and an LL.M. by coursework.

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Edmonton, Canada 73 Followers 5 Discussions

Established in 1912, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law is the third oldest law school in Canada. The school offers LL.M.s both in coursework and by thesis. For students interested in energy law, studying an LL.M. in the ‘Oil Capital of Canada’ could afford many networking opportunities in the field.

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London, Canada 27 Followers 11 Discussions

Western University is located in London, Ontario, which is about midway between Toronto and Detroit. According to the Times Higher Education ranking, it’s a top 15 law school in Canada; the school offers an LL.M. by thesis as well as a research project-based LL.M., which was launched in 2016.

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Ottawa, Canada 151 Followers 58 Discussions
Ottawa Law

The University of Ottawa offers a range of LL.M. concentrations, including one in Notarial Law (in French only), as well as one in International Trade and Investment Law and another in Global Sustainability and Environmental Law. LL.M. students study in Canada’s capital city, which means many networking opportunities, in both government and business.

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Montréal, Canada 26 Followers 9 Discussions
Université de Montréal

For French-speaking LL.M. applicants, the University of Montréal, with its range of French-language LL.M.s, is an interesting option. For English-speakers, the school also offers an LL.M. in Business Law in a Global Context.

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