The coursework-only LLM is usually undertaken on a full-time basis, from September to August.  In exceptional cases, with the permission of the Associate Dean, students may apply to complete the program on a part-time basis. Coursework-only LLM students must:

  • Remain in residence* for two academic terms (September to April),
  • Complete 28 credits of course work, including the mandatory LLM seminar (1 credit, fall term), and
  • Fulfill a writing requirement by taking a course requiring one or more written assignments of at least 3,500 words (combined). 

*In residence simply means that you must be present in the city of Toronto to take part in all on-campus classes, events, and workshops. This does not mean that you must live in Student Residence. You are welcome to live wherever you’d like so long as you are able to come to campus to attend to your academic commitments.

Candidates choose their credits from those available in the JD program. Graduate students usually choose upper-year courses, seminars, and specialized and intensive courses, which often require the preparation of a research paper.

Coursework will be graded on the graduate grading scale. You must obtain a B- or greater in every course and on the thesis.

All course selections are subject to approval by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. Students are encouraged to balance their courseload between the terms.

Note:  An LLM does not qualify foreign-trained candidates to practise law in Ontario, and LLM students are not permitted to take courses from the first year JD program. For information about requalifying to practice law, please see NCA Options at the Faculty of Law.

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