Frequently Asked Questions – Graduate Program

  1. What types of graduate law programs do you offer?
  2. Do I need a law degree to apply for the graduate program?
  3. How many graduate applications does the law faculty receive each year?
  4. How many places are there in the graduate program?
  5. Do you admit students with foreign (non-Canadian) law degrees?
  6. Will I be able to practise law in Ontario/Canada with an LLM from a Canadian university?
  7. When is the application deadline?
  8. Is there an application fee and can I obtain a fee waiver? 
  9. How much is tuition?
  10. Does the Faculty offer financial support to graduate students?
  11. What other sources of financial support are available for graduate law studies?
  12. What factors are considered in admitting or refusing an applicant?
  13. Should I contact potential supervisors before applying? 
  14. Does the Faculty offer graduate student housing? 
  15. How can I obtain a brochure and an application for admission? 
  16. Can I contact students who have been through your program?
  17. How do I know whether my application has been received?
  18. Can I receive feedback on why my application was not successful?

1. What types of graduate law program do you offer?

We offer a Master of Laws (LLM) and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).  We also offer a Masters in Studies in Law (MSL) for established academics who wish to acquire a knowledge of law, and a Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) in business law for lawyers, business professionals, and leaders in government.  Students may also apply as non-degree special students in order to take law courses that do not lead to a degree.

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2. Do I need a law degree to apply for the graduate program?

You should hold a law degree from a recognized institution to apply for admission to the LLM program. You should hold both a law degree (LLB or JD) and an LLM to apply for the SJD program. In exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted to the SJD program without an LLM, if they hold a law degree and another degree in a different discipline and have an excellent academic record. You do not need a law degree for the MSL and GPLLM program, although other admissions criteria apply in those cases.

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3. How many graduate applications does the law faculty receive each year?

In 2011-12, the law faculty received approximately 100 doctoral applications and 210 LLM applications.

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4. How many places are there in the graduate program?

Each year, approximately 10 new doctoral students and 55 new LLM students join the Faculty. 

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5. Do you admit students with foreign (non-Canadian) law degrees?

Yes, approximately one-half of our graduate students hold foreign (non-Canadian) law degrees.

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6. Will I be able to practise law in Ontario/Canada with an LLM from a Canadian university? 

No, a graduate degree in itself does not qualify you to practise law in Ontario.  If you are a foreign-trained lawyer who wishes to practise law in Canada, you must have your law degree assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation. You may also be interested in the GPLLM program, which offers courses designed to meet the NCA's requirements for internationally trained lawyers, or the Faculty's Internationally Trained Lawyers Program which provides preparation for NCA Challenge Exams. For more information about requalifying to practice law, please see NCA Options at the Faculty of Law.

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7. When is the application deadline?

For application deadlines, see the applications deadlines web page. We generally begin accepting applications in November for the following academic year.  The deadline for applying for scholarships such as OGS and SSHRC is generally in October or November of the year preceding enrolment (see question 11 below). The GPLLM program usually has a later deadline than the MSL, SJD, or regular LLM programs.

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8. Is there an application fee and can I obtain a fee waiver? 

Yes, there is an application fee of $110 Cdn.  No, the application fee cannot be waived.

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9. How much is tuition?

In 2011-12, LLM tuition plus incidentals is approximately $25,000 for international students and $8,300 for domestic students. The SJD academic tuition is approximately $17,200 for international students and $8,000 for domestic students.  This includes incidental fees and UHIP.  SJD students are guaranteed three years of funding (tuition plus a stipend of approximately $15,000), subject to certain requirements. GPLLM tuition information is available on the GPLLM Tuition Page.

See the graduate program fees web page for detailed information about tuition and other expenses.

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10. Does the Faculty offer financial support to graduate students?

All doctoral students with financial need are offered tuition plus a stipend of approximately $15,000 for three years.  Financial support is also available to a small number of LLM candidates with excellent academic records and in some cases, financial need. However, many LLM students will be required to fund their own graduate studies.  Visit the graduate scholarships page for details. Applicants seeking financial support must complete the Financial Assistance Application Form, along with their law school application.

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11. What other sources of financial support are available for graduate law studies?

Canadian Students should consider applying for OSAP, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, various SSHRC programs, and the Viscount Bennett Scholarship. Deadlines are as early as October of the year preceding registration. International students should seek financial support from their home countries.  A variety of Government of Canada awards are also available to international students (http://www.iccs-ciec.ca).

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12. What factors are considered in admitting or refusing an applicant?

At a minimum, eligible candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a B+  standing in their law degree and meet the English language requirements.  Other factors include the quality of the academic references, the research proposal, and the interest and availability of supervisors.

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13. Should I contact potential faculty supervisors before applying? 

No, we do not encourage candidates to contact potential faculty supervisors before applying.  All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Committee and then passed on to potential supervisors.

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14. Does the Faculty offer graduate student housing? 

No, the Faculty of Law does not have dedicated housing for graduate law students.  However, there are residences on campus dedicated to graduate students generally.  Please visit the website at www.housing.utoronto.ca. You should apply for admission to a graduate residence as early as possible.  You can and should apply before you have heard whether you have been admitted.

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15. How can I obtain a brochure and an application for admission? 

We do not publish a brochure. Please explore our Admissions Page, which contains the most relevant and current information about our graduate programs in law. 

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16. Can I contact students who have been through your program?

You can contact current graduate students who are willing to discuss their experience at U of T.

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17. How do I know whether my application has been received?

You can check on-line to see the status of your application. The online admissions system will only show your documents as being "received" once your documents have been manually processed, NOT when they arrive in the mail room. Due to the large voume of mail received, there is often a delay between the mail being received, and the documents being processed. The delay will not affect your application, and documents will be processed in the order they are received. If you're concerned about your application being received, please use a tracked system of delivery to send it.

 

18. Can I receive feedback on why my application was not succesful?

Unfortunately we are not in a position to provide individual feedback to applicants. We have very few places in the program for the number of applications we receive, and as a result, it is not uncommon for even outstanding applicants to be refused admission. Admission to the program is extremely competitive, and meeting or exceeding the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 


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