LL.M. Canadian Common Law facts

Tuition 35,537 CAD

Duration 12 mths

Intakes Winter/Spring,  Fall

Int'l Students 80%

Women 55%

Minimum TOEFL 102

Minimum IELTS 7.5

Class Size 35


Osgoode Professional Development - Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2602

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3

Canada


School Website
www.osgoodepd.ca

Osgoode Hall - York - Full Profile

The University

At York University, we have a compelling vision: to create an interdisciplinary academic community of researchers, teachers and students whose first-rate credentials enable them to spearhead change and innovation in ways never before imagined.

York is now Canada’s third largest university offering an unparalleled academic experience. Our top-ranked programs set international standards. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to study issues from all angles and to combine majors in completely different fields. York’s faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students. And our research tackles real-world challenges by taking a uniquely interdisciplinary approach that brings real-world solutions.

The Law School

For more than a century, Osgoode Hall Law School, which was founded in 1889 by the Law Society of Upper Canada and became affiliated with York University in 1968, has led the most important developments in Canadian legal education. Osgoode has developed some of the most brilliant legal minds the world has known, with eight Supreme Court Justices beginning their careers in our hallowed halls. Osgoode has been recognized by the Canadian Lawyer and MacLean's rankings, which consistently rank us in the top three law schools in Canada.

Osgoode's curriculum, which consists of more than 200 courses, is one of the largest on the continent, and the Law School has been on the front lines of critical, international and interdisciplinary research in an impressive number of fields.

Highlights include:

  • The home of the largest law library in Canada;
  • A pioneer in online legal research;
  • The home of the largest Graduate Program in Canada;
  • The home of the only legal Professional Development Centre in Canada; and a world leader in law school lifelong learning;
  • The first law school to establish a student-staffed community legal services clinic (Parkdale Community Legal Services, in 1972);
  • The first law school to develop innovative intensive programs and clinical teaching programs.

Our mission is to contribute to new knowledge about the law and the legal system by being a centre for thoughtful and creative legal scholarship, to provide an outstanding professional and liberal education to our students so that they can assume positions of leadership in the legal profession, among legal academics and in all aspects of public life, and to serve Canadian society and the world in ways that further social justice.

The Program

Osgoode Professional Development is Osgoode's downtown centre for legal professional development. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, OPD is committed to providing lawyers with the best in graduate education through a range of specialized, reflective and sophisticated offerings leading to a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, including the LLM in International Business Law.

Osgoode Professional Development is Osgoode's downtown centre for legal professional development. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, OPD is committed to providing lawyers with the best in graduate education through a range of specialized, reflective and sophisticated offerings leading to a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, including the LLM in International Business Law.

Professional LLM
At Osgoode, learning doesn’t have to end with an LLB. As the largest, one of the oldest and among the best common-law schools in Canada, we are committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for working lawyers and other professionals in need of legal information. Offering both credit and non-credit programming.

The only program of its kind in Canada, Osgoode's Professional LLM was first established in the 1970s. It now includes 15 different specializations, among them Banking, Intellectual Property, Labour Relations, Securities, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law. For those who would prefer not to specialize, the General LLM program allows you to select courses from the other specializations in progress, subject to prerequisite requirements.

Your classmates will include working professionals representing private practice, government and business in Toronto, across Canada and as far away as Australia. Osgoode Professional Development operates out of two locations: one in downtown Toronto, and the other at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University’s Keele Campus. 

Whatever program or method of study you choose, an Osgoode Professional Development LLM will open doors to new challenges, new responsibilities . . . perhaps even a new career.

Professional LLM in International Business Law
Osgoode's one-year, full-time Professional LLM in International Business Law is designed to give law graduates from around the world the knowledge and skills needed to flourish in the world’s top legal and business environments. Award-winning faculty teach the latest developments in international trade law, international business transactions, international finance law, taxation of cross-border transactions, and a myriad of related topics.

Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law
Osgoode's Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law provides the opportunity to take core courses in Canadian common law topics taught at the graduate level along with a wide range of elective options. The core courses are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).

Student Testimonials

"The quality of instruction from industry leaders, and the interaction with like-minded students and professionals from around the globe have been the highlights of my experience in the Canadian Common Law program."

Kara Forrest, England, Class of 2016 Current Work: Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

"IBL is one of a kind, very unique and highly recommendable program for anyone interested in International Business/International Arbitration."

Rachel Eta Omologe, Nigeria, Class of 2012 Current Work: Lawyer, Pace Law Firm

"I have gained an incredible experience from International Business Law program. It's a great opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge within an international multicultural environment. Furthermore, Toronto is one of the best cities to live."

Tetiana Pinchuk, Ukraine, Class of 2012

"You get an opportunity to learn from the rich experiences of well reputed and knowledgeable professors. Plus, the internship experience is of immeasurable value for international students."

Qasim Cheema, Pakistan, Class of 2012 Current Work: Articling Student, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

"Osgoode IBL enhances your career potential and opens new doors. It brought me the opportunity to work in a top-tier Canadian law firm."

Eva Na Guo, China, Class of 2011 Current work: Law Clerk, Business Law, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

"Absolutely first class. Very seldom does a person have the opportunity to learn and be stimulated by teachers who are the best in their respective fields as well as live in such a culturally enlightening city as Toronto."

Tanya R. Goddard, Barbados, Class of 2010 Current work: I am a sole practitioner under the name Tanya R. Goddard, Attorney-at-Law

"Osgoode is the right place to be: #1 Law School in Canada, and #1 faculty."

Johann Manrique Garcia,Colombia, Class of 2009 Current work: Partner at a local firm in Colombia

"Wanted an opportunity to learn from, and network with Canada's foremost legal practitioners and scholars."

Amit Bhanot, U.S.A., Class of 2010 Current work: Practising at Stikeman Elliott LLP

The Faculty

Faculty for both the full-time and part-time and distance learning programs is comprised of some of the top legal educators in the country. They include professors from Osgoode Hall Law School and other leading law schools, along with top practitioners, judges and policy makers.

Entry Requirements

Professional LLM Requirements
To be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An LLB or JD degree with an overall B average (or equivalent). Applicants with less than a B average in the LLB or JD will be considered provided they also have 5 years or more of relevant practice experience.
  • Proof of language proficiency for applicants who do not meet one of the following criteria:
    1. their first language is English; OR
    2. they have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the only official language of instruction.

Candidates without an LLB or JD degree will also be considered provided they have a university degree, a superior academic record and significant work experience related to the specialization for which they have applied. Graduate degree preferred.

Applicants without a Canadian LLB are also required to submit a writing sample which best demonstrates their academic ability. Please indicate the context in which the sample was written (e.g., a course paper, a research project/paper). Note: writing samples cannot be returned and should be written in English. Please note these are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.

For language proficiency details and complete admission requirements, please visit our Admissions page. General LLM is open only to applicants who hold an LLB.

Professional LLM in International Business Law Requirements
This program is designed for internationally trained lawyers and law graduates with degrees from outside of Canada. This program does not qualify students to practise law in Canada.
Minimum admission requirements for this full-time program are:

  • Completion of a degree in law from a four-year program in an accredited institution outside Canada with a minimum B (75%) average; and
  • Proof of language proficiency for applicants who do not meet one of the following criteria:
    1. their first language is English; OR
    2. they have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the only official language of instruction.

Visit the International LLM admissions website for details on minimum language score requirements.

Application Procedure

We encourage applicants to apply early as the OsgoodePD Admissions Committee meets regularly to review complete files. Late applications are not considered for the Canadian Common Law or International Business Law and other full-time specializations. Subject to space availability, late applications may be considered for other specializations.

Submitting Your Online Professional LLM Application

Submit your application using York University’s Graduate Studies Online Application Process. A non-refundable application fee of $100CAD is required, payable by Visa or MasterCard.

On the ‘Goal of Study’ section, select:

  • The term in which your specialization is scheduled to begin
  • Part Time Studies or Full Time Studies*
  • “I wish to study toward a degree.”
  • Under the Degree Selection list a pop-up box will appear. Enter ‘LLM’ in the Search all Columns box on the top right corner.
  • Select the specialization you wish to apply to

*Note that Full-Time applications are only accepted during the Fall term

Wait for Application Confirmation

After you’ve submitted your online application we’ll be in touch within 3-5 business days to provide you with your student/application number so that you can proceed to the next steps.

Upload Your Application Documents and Order/Upload Your Transcripts

Once you’ve received your application number, you can begin to upload your application documents via Myfile, mail your transcripts, and (if applicable) submit language test scores.

Required Application Documents

For a detailed outline of application documents required for the admission process, head to our Admissions Requirements page.

  • Current Resume / CV
  • Writing Sample
  • Two References
  • The LLM Supplementary Form
  • Transcripts: You are required to provide transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended.

Transcripts

Transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended are required.

For the purposes of your initial application, you can either send your official transcripts (mailing address below) or upload copies of transcripts through Myfile. Uploaded transcripts are sufficient for the initial assessment of your application. However, your admission will be conditional pending till the receipt of official final transcripts.

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts

By Mail By Courier
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3

 

Please note given the high volume of transcripts the office of Graduate Admissions receives, it typically takes about 10-15 business days for transcripts to be matched to your application. We strongly encourage you to submit your transcripts early.

Important notes about transcripts

  • To be considered, ‘official’ transcripts must come directly from, and bear the seal of, the issuing institution. If the institution issues transcripts directly to you, the envelope must be sealed by the institution and remain sealed until opened by York University.
  • To be considered ‘final’, transcripts must indicate that your degree has been has been conferred
  • If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, interim transcripts are sufficient for your application. However, admission would be conditional on receipt of your final transcripts showing degree conferred (after you have graduated)
  • If transcripts are in another language (and your University does not issue translated copies), an official English translation by a certified translator is required. Translations by a certified translator must be sent directly from the translator to York University.
  • If you have taken courses at York University, we will obtain transcripts on your behalf. Please provide your York student number with the application and ensure that you have no outstanding fees.
  • Photocopied or faxed transcripts are not considered to be official.
  • Transcripts from other credential evaluation services are considered “unofficial”.
  • Original transcripts submitted become the property of York University and cannot be returned.

NOTE: The LLM in International Business Law is available only as a full-time program and does not qualify graduates to practise law in Canada.
For complete details, including application deadlines, visit the individual program pages.

Tuition and Fees

Professional LLM

Fees for Domestic Students: Tuition for the Professional LLM program is currently $24,132.02 plus supplementary fees. Supplementary fees for the Summer 2017 term are $160.65 for part-time students, and $321.30 for full-time students. Tuition and supplementary fees are payable in three full-time terms or over six part-time terms. Students in the International Business Law specialization pay fees over four full-time terms. In addition, a $15 administrative charge is levied by the Faculty of Graduate Studies each term. For complete details please visit the Student Financial Services website.

Fees for International Students: Tuition for the Professional LLM is currently $35,537.70 plus supplementary fees. Supplementary fees for the Summer 2017 term are $160.65 for part-time students, and $321.30 for full-time students. Tuition and supplementary fees are payable in three full-time terms or over six part-time terms. Students in the International Business Law specialization pay fees over four full-time terms. In addition, a $15 administrative charge is levied by the Faculty of Graduate Studies each term. For complete details please visit the Student Financial Services website.

Fees include the required course materials, provided in a balance of hard and electronic formats. Some materials may only be available in electronic format. An additional charge will apply to any shipping of materials outside of Canada. Light meals are provided for students attending classes in person in Toronto.

Tuition and supplementary fees are set by the York University Board of Governors and are subject to change at any time. Students who complete the program in fewer than the above will have their final installment added at the end of their program. Students who require more than the above will be subject to additional tuition fees.

All those admitted to the Professional LLM who elect to attend via live videoconference (where possible), will be required to purchase the hardware and software necessary from OPD at a cost of $300 CDN + all applicable taxes (includes shipping costs). Please note that the cost of IT equipment and software is subject to change each academic year.

Visit our International tuition page for details on mandatory health insurance fees, and work permits.

Financial Aid

Professional LLM
Students must successfully complete one term before applying for an OPD bursary. Osgoode's financial support is primarily for full-time students. The amount available for bursaries for professional students is very limited. Students who receive bursaries in one term will not necessarily receive bursaries in subsequent terms. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need.

The Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington Award
Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School from 1993-1998, and founder of Osgoode Professional Development, has endowed an award to assist a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School to pursue studies in the Professional LLM program.The award will be granted annually to a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person, resident of Ontario, on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Please note: Applications for this award are only accepted during the Fall term.

Visit the Tuition page of our website for more information related to Financial Assistance for students.

Professional LLM in International Business Law

Osgoode Professional Development Entrance Scholarships
Entrance scholarships are awarded to the students who demonstrate the strongest academic ability as indicated by their application materials. The maximum amount awarded is $5,000.

Graduate Studies Scholarships
Various forms of financial assistance are available to students. York University and external agencies offer numerous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants. Available graduate scholarship awards are listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Visit our International tuition page for details on external scholarships and other funding, mandatory health insurance fees, and work permits.

Location

The Osgoode Professional Development Centre at One Dundas West is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto. As Canada’s economic capital with a multicultural spirit and cosmopolitan flare, Toronto is a great place to live, study and work.

Toronto’s bustling finance district, just steps from the OPD Centre, is the gateway to a remarkably diverse economy that includes many leading law firms, the Toronto Stock Exchange – the world’s fifth largest – and a majority of Canada’s corporations. The city’s business capital ranks alongside economic powerhouses such as New York, Boston and Chicago.

To this add a low crime rate, clean environment, hiking and biking trails, beaches, a beautiful waterfront and a public transit system that earns the city a consistent rating as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Where better to take the next step in your legal education?

Programs at Osgoode Hall - York

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Duration
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Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
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English
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Fall
Duration
12 months
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  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
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English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
12 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
Languages
English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
12 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD

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Languages
English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
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Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
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English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
Languages
English
Intakes
Fall
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
Languages
English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
Languages
English
Intakes
Winter/Spring,  Fall
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition refers to rate for international students
  • Tuition for domestic students is 24,132 CAD
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