Instructor(s): Malcolm Thorburn

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7572HF.

Schedule: Two Mondays per month 12:30 - 2:00 pm

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

This seminar is mandatory for all LLM students. The purpose of this seminar is to provide LLM students with an introduction to various theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and critical approaches to legal scholarship. The lectures will be complemented by skill-based modules focused on academic skills such as legal writing, research and exam-writing.

Attendance is mandatory. Every absence (justified or not) will require students to prepare an additional assignment. Two unjustified absences will result in a failing grade. Justified absences are those accepted under our accommodations policy and, whenever possible, requested in advance of the class.

For the skills-based module component of the course, students must select one of the following modules:

  • Academic Writing Strategies
  • Persuasive Academic Writing
  • Legal Scholarship Roundtable

Students must select one of these modules by the end of the drop/add period. Students who wish to take more than one module may do so by taking a companion course at the same time on an optional basis: LLM Seminar: Additional Legal Analysis/Skills-Based Modules (LAW7573HF).

Pass/fail, based on attendance and completion of the assignments. Students are required to attend two classes per month: one class on the different schools of legal thought, and another related to the skills-based module they have chosen. Each class will be 1.5 hours (9 hours during the fall semester).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term