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University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community. The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.

The law school

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history.

Today, it is one of the world’s great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world’s leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Faculty’s rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty’s more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school.

Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

Tuition fees

For domestic students, the cost of obtaining an LLM is $6366 (for tuition) plus $1034.12 (for incidentals), amounting to $7400.12

For foreign students, it is $21,879 (for tuition) plus $1034.12 (incidentals) and $756 (for health insurance) for a total of $23,668.12.

Entry Requirements

An applicant for the admission to the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) must have a Bachelor of Laws of this or some other recognized university and must normally have achieved the equivalent of a University of Toronto B+ standing. A second undergraduate degree or demonstrated research and writing ability is normally required for the thesis intensive LLM program.

A candidate for the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) will generally have a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws of this or some other recognized university and must normally have achieved a University of Toronto B+ standing or equivalent. Candidates may be considered for direct entry to the SJD programme following completion of a LLB or JD taken as a second degree. There is no presumption that successful completion of the LLM at this institution will lead to admission to the SJD program.

If you are an international applicant, review the International Degree Equivalencies to determine if your international degree is considered equivalent. Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed and the academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average if the degree obtained has been awarded from an institution which is recognized by the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants to the LLM and SJD programmes may also apply to participate in graduate collaborative programs, which provide a formal structure for interdisciplinary work in these fields.

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must demonstrate your facility in English by completing an English-language facility test.

The Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) is a one-year graduate law degree that provides students interested in continuing their study of the law beyond their first law degree with an opportunity to pursue a more profound study of specific legal issues.

The LLM program can be undertaken with a strong emphasis on a thesis (with minor coursework), or with a strong emphasis on coursework (with a shorter thesis).

The thesis-intensive format is aimed at law students who have demonstrated a strong potential for advanced research and writing in accordance with the standards of the Faculty of Law.

The coursework-intensive format is aimed at law students who wish to specialize in a specific area of law, particularly in one of the Law Faculty's several strengths, or who wish to develop an understanding of North American legal processes and laws, or who wish to explore the common law at an advanced level.

Please note that the LLM degree certificate does not reflect any speciality, nor whether the student took the thesis intensive or coursework intensive LLM, in accordance with the university's view that all its LLMs meet exactly the same academic standard.

All LLM candidates participate in the graduate seminar, Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship, designed to expose students to various approaches to legal scholarship, including law and philosophy, law and economics, feminism and the law, legal history, law and society, analytical jurisprudence and critical legal theory.

Graduate students choose their other courses from those available in the JD program, which are posted on-line in the summer. Graduate students are expected to choose the more senior level seminar courses. The selection of courses is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean.

An LLM does not qualify foreign-trained candidates to practise law in Ontario. Contact the National Commitee on Accreditation for information on practising law in Ontario.

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