Why Graduate Studies at U of T Law?

The international reputation of our faculty, their breadth of interests and approaches, and the intensive intellectual atmosphere of our school create outstanding opportunities for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees.

  • Teachers  Our teaching faculty includes some of the finest doctrinal and theoretical legal scholars in public and private law. The diversity of research interests amongst the faculty allows us to supervise graduate research in almost all areas of legal scholarship.

  • Scholarly Diversity  Our pluralistic academic community invites a variety of approaches to legal scholarship (including, but not limited to, feminism and the law, law and economics, legal history, law and society, analytical jurisprudence and critical legal theory).

  • Interdisciplinarity  Over a third of our faculty are cross-appointed to other faculties and departments, and this commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship encourages students to position their legal research within a broader, interdisciplinary context. The Faculty has strong connections to other centres and divisions within the University and students can often take courses in other disciplines.

  • Supervision  Strong relationships with faculty members are forged by the supervision relationship, as well as through numerous informal opportunities to interact with faculty.

  • Intellectual Activity  Our many workshops, lecture series, seminars and roundtables foster a dynamic intellectual environment, and through our Distinguished Visiting Faculty program, students have the opportunity to meet with and learn from some of the world’s finest legal scholars..

  • Internships  In addition to the formal study program, graduate students can participate in internships through the Pro Bono Law Students program and the International Human Rights Program.

  • Dedicated Career Counselling  Career counseling designed specifically for graduate students and a host of other career workshops and events, including networking, resume-writing, career planning and interview skills are available from our Graduate Career Counsellor in conjunction with our Career Development Office.

Graduate Degrees

The law school's program offers four graduate degrees:

  1. The Master of Laws (LLM) is a one-year degree that can be taken in either a thesis-intensive format (long or short thesis) or a coursework-only format. Students can acquire a general LLM or an LLM with a Concentration in one of four areas: Business Law, Legal Theory, Criminal Law and Health Law, Ethics and Policy.
  2. The Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) is a 12-month professional-style master of laws specializing in business law, offered during evenings and weekends.
  3. The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is a 3-year thesis degree which is aimed at aspiring academics.
  4. The Masters in Studies in Law (MSL) is a short, one-year intensive degree aimed at established scholars in disciplines related to law.

And five collaborative programs:

  • Collaborative Programs - Students pursuing graduate degrees at the Faculty of Law can include an interdisciplinary perspective by participating in one of the collaborative programs in which the law school is a partner. These programs include Bioethics, Global Health, Sexual Diversity, Women and Gender Studies and Women's Health.

 

Graduate Program Information