Please review the following overview of the course selection process, and then read the "How to select courses" PDF for step-by-step instructions.

Important Dates

View the 2017-2018 course calendar.

The viewing period gives you a chance to review the courses offered and consider which are of interest to you and/or which you must take in order to satisfy degree requirements. See information about the degree requirements for LLM students here (PDF) or on our Master of Laws webpage.

Course selection and enrolment will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21st. Course enrolment takes place on a first-come, first-served process through e.Legal, the Faculty’s course selection system. You should have received your e.Legal username and password by email already. If you have misplaced your log-in credentials, please email our Graduate Program Assistant, Carla.

Course selection will be open between 10:00 a.m. July 21th and September 18th.

Course Selection Guidelines

Before you choose the courses in which you wish to enrol, please verify your degree and, if applicable, concentration specific requirements. The degree requirements for each program are listed on our website, and in the document below.

LLM Students who are registered in a concentration must fulfill additional degree requirements.  Information about these requirements can be found on our website and in the document above.  A list of courses that have been approved for each concentration can be found in the drop-down menu on each concentration specific page:

Before finalizing your course selection “wish list”, please confirm that the courses that are of interest to you are open to graduate students (which is true of most, but not all, courses).  For example, first year courses are not open to LLM students.  In order to identify which courses are open to graduate students, please review the course description online.

Identification of course description online

Please note that the Faculty offers an incredible roster of intensive courses, which are delivered by distinguished scholars from around the world.  While there is a limit on the number of intensive courses you can take in a year (one per term), we encourage you to give them serious consideration.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Graduate students are not obligated to comply with prerequisite and co-requisite requirements. However, courses that have prerequisites and co-requisites presume a level of knowledge of the subject matter that you may not have if you have not taken the prerequisite and/or co-requisite.  We strongly encourage students to take any suggested pre and/or co-requisites, unless you have taken the same or similar courses during your undergraduate law degree.

Key tips


  • Select courses that have a conflict with any required courses (for example the LLM Seminar and/or Alternative Approaches).
  • Choose courses that take place at the same time or overlap on the timetable.
  • Unevenly distribute courses between terms.


  • Comply with the application process and deadlines established for clinic courses and programs.  Ensure that you abide by the selection process set by each clinic.
  • Choose courses for the entire academic year.
  • Add and drop courses in a timely fashion, particularly if you plan to drop a course for which others are waitlisted. 

Mandatory Courses


All LLMs must take the LLM Seminar (LAW7572H1F).

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to various theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and critical approaches to legal scholarship, using an experiential pedagogy that integrates academic skills such as legal writing, research and exam-writing. The seminar involves a skill-based module. Students will select one of the following modules: Basic Legal Writing and Research: Research Proposals and Bibliographies, Advanced Legal Writing and Research: Narrative Outlines, or Exam Preparation and Writing. When planning your course selection, please ensure that you add LAW7572.  You will select the module in which you want to participate during the first class.  Students interested in taking the two others skills-based modules may take the LLM Seminar, Additional Skills-Based Modules (LAW7573H1F).

All thesis LLMs must take Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship (LAW1000H1). This course provides an introduction to a number of theoretical frameworks that are likely to enhance and inform your understanding of other coursework and/or your thesis. Coursework students are welcome to take this course as well, if they wish.

LLMs doing a short or long thesis must also select the LLM Thesis course. While this is not a separate course, you must enrol in the “course” in order to ensure the credits associated with your thesis appear on your transcript.

If you do not have a law degree from Canada, we strongly recommend that you take the Canadian Legal Methods course (LAW7058HF).


First year SJDs must take Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship (LAW1000H1). This course, which is much beloved by our SJD students, provides an introduction to a number of theoretical frameworks that are likely to enhance and inform your research, studies and courses, if any.

The SJD program (first year students only) includes a series of mandatory, non-credit workshops and seminars. It is not necessary (or indeed possible) to select these workshops/seminars in the course selection system. We will provide you with the schedules for these workshops/seminars

Number of Credits

Make sure you have the right number of Credits

Each LLM program has a total number of credits required. Check the Degree Requirements for your specific program on our webpages starting here: 


How do I verify the number of credits I have signed up for?

Each course has a number of credits assigned to it (typically between 1 and 4). These credits are listed in the online course description on the upper right side under “At a Glance”. You must make sure that you take the required number of credits over the year in order to fulfill your degree requirements. Note: the credits are not the same as the hours listed below them – the latter are simply the number of classroom hours per week for the course.

Is there some flexibility regarding the number of credits?

Yes….and no. You may not take fewer than the number of credit required for completion of your degree.  You may, however, take one extra credit, where doing so enables you to your desired courses.

How should I distribute my courses between first and second term?

You will be selecting your courses for both first term and second term. Your total course credits required should be divided as equally as possible between the first and second term – for example, 14 credits in each term for a coursework-only student.

I am having trouble securing the same number of credits for both semesters. What should I do?

You needn't take the exact same number of credits in each term; though they should be roughly equal (e.g. 13 credits in first term and 15 credits in second term).  Your first priority should be ensuring that you are enrolled in all of the required courses and that you have selected courses that will enable you to fulfill your degree requirements.  Please also pay close attention to whether your courses are exam or paper-based, ensuring that you can handle the balance.  Please also pay attention to the exam schedule, to the extent that you can.

Confirmation of Courses

Once you select your courses, you must submit them as well. We will confirm your places in courses over the next several weeks.  This is a time-consuming exercise on our end.  Please do not be concerned if this process takes some time.

Students who have been admitted into a course, will see "Confirmed" in the status box for that course. Students who are waitlisted for a course, will see "Waitlisted.”

Graduate Places and Waitlist

Please do not let a full course discourage you from adding it (you will be shown as “waitlisted”).  The availability of courses changes frequently throughout the add/drop period and you may very well be admitted to a course for which you were originally waitlisted.  You may remain on the waitlist until the end of the add/drop period.  Please note: that you will only be added to a waitlisted course if/when a spot becomes available.  We are not able to change the number of spots in a course or to add you to a waitlisted course and neither can our instructors and faculty members.  If you are waitlisted you must wait to see if a space becomes available.

A student who deletes a course with a waitlist and re-adds will be added to the bottom of the waiting list.

In fairness to others who are also on the waitlist, please promptly delete the course from your schedule as soon as you are sure that you no longer want the course.

If you are waitlisted for any courses, you are permitted to select one backup course (as a placeholder during the add/drop period). Once you are confirmed in the right number and type of courses for your degree requirements, though, please delete any other courses (waitlisted or not).


Students are given an opportunity to make changes to their programs of study during the Add/Drop period at the beginning of each term.

However, we recommend you choose your courses as soon as possible, and select your courses for the Winter term as well.

First Term (Fall, 2017)

September 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Directed Research proposals (first term/full year projects)

September 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Supervised Upper Year Research Paper Forms submitted (first term/full year projects)

September 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Add/Drop First term and Full Year Courses*; 3rd lecture day of ALL intensive courses

December 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

First Term Written Work Due

Second Term (Winter, 2018)
January 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m.Directed Research Proposals (second term projects)
January 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.Competitive Mooting for Credit Forms
January 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.Supervised Upper Year Research Paper Forms submitted
January 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.Add/Drop Second Term Courses
April 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m.Second Term Written Work

During the add/drop period, you may attend courses which you are considering taking in order to get a sense of whether it is of interest to you.  You may also attend any course for which you are waitlisted so that you are not behind if admitted at the end of the add/drop period.  In some courses attendance for waitlisted students is mandatory - see course descriptions.

Intensive Courses: The deadline for dropping intensive courses is 10:00 a.m. on the third lecture day of the course.

Concentrations and Priority

Students who are registered in a concentration are given priority in courses that are approved for the specific concentration until July 28, 2017 at 10:00 am.  Thereafter, all students have the same access to these courses and students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis (with waitlists applying).

If you remove a course from your course selection for which you are waitlisted, you will lose your spot on the waitlist.

If you are in a concentration that enables you to fulfill concentration course requirements by taking courses offered by other departments, you must consult that individual department’s course listings, and contact that department for their specific course enrolment instructions (sometimes it’s a matter of just letting them know, sometimes they have a form for you to fill out). Unfortunately the Law course enrolment system doesn’t allow for direct enrolment into other department’s courses.

If you wish to drop your concentration for whatever reason and switch to the LLM (thesis or coursework) without a concentration, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please note that if you have not been admitted to a concentration, you cannot opt into one at this point.

If there is a new course offered this year that seems to fall squarely within the subject area of your Concentration but is not on the approved Concentration course list, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator as we may be able to have it added to the approved list.


The Law School has its own student registration system for Law courses which does not automatically add our students to the corresponding Blackboard shell. Therefore, all students must self-enroll in each of their courses within Blackboard prior to the first class in order to review course materials.

Information about this process will be posted closer to the beginning of classes.

How to Select Courses

Open the PDF below to see detailed instructions on how to select courses.