The goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the various components of Canadian constitutional law, and to the basic principles necessary to understanding and applying the provisions of the constitution in legal practice. The course begins with an introduction to the nature and sources of the Canadian constitution, followed by an overview of amending procedures, and an introduction to the federal nature of the state and the role of the judiciary in upholding the federal division of legislative powers. The course then engages in an in-depth study of constitutional law in relation to federalism, Aboriginal peoples, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The examination of the federal division of legislative power will begin with general principles of interpretation, and will then focus on a handful of the most important legislative powers, including the federal powers in relation to "peace order and good government" [opening language of s. 91], "trade and commerce" [s. 92(2)], "criminal law" [s. 92(27)], and the provincial power in relation to "property and civil rights". The course will then examine the federal and provincial powers to pass laws in relation to Aboriginal peoples and lands, and the Aboriginal and treaty rights entrenched in s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The final part of the course will focus on the rights and freedoms protected by the Charter, including freedom of conscience and religion [s.2(a)], freedom of expression [s.2(b)], life, liberty and the security of the person [s.7] and equality rights [s. 15] ? as well as the provisions dealing with the application of the Charter [s. 32], reasonable limits [s. 1], the notwithstanding clause [s. 33] and remedies [s. 24, s. 52].


Open only to current and prospective NCA candidates.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Anti-requisite: CCLW 6847: Canadian Public and Constitutional Law, CCLW 6441 - Canadian Constitutional Law (Online)

NCA equivalence:

Yes - satisfies Canadian Constitutional Law competency

Terms Offered

Winter 23

Course Section: M

6.0 credits

Fall 23

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Summer 24

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Fall 22

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Summer 23

6.0 credits

Fall 24

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Winter 24

Course Section: M

6.0 credits

Winter 23

Course Section: N

6.0 credits

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Are you a current or incoming graduate student at OsgoodePD? if you’d like to take this course, follow the instructions during your course selection period. For more information, contact your program assistant.

Looking to take a single course?

Take up to 12 credits as a non-degree student through Single Course Enrollment (SCE) and apply your credits to a future LLM degree.

Tuition and fees

Please note that the tuition/fees displayed here are subject to change, and may vary depending on your entry term.




Students are also subject to supplementary fees including health benefits. Find out more about supplementary fees here.

How to Apply

Some courses are available to students not enrolled in full- or part-time LLMs by following the steps below.

Create Your OsgoodePD Applicant Profile

Create an applicant profile in our online application portal. This portal allows us to gather your information, transcripts, and other documents electronically. You will receive an email with directions outlining how to create a new password for your application, along with a link to access the application.

Upload Application Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of JD/LLB Transcripts
  • Copy of Current NCA Assessment (if applicable)
  • Official Proof of Language Proficiency (if applicable)

For more information, see our Application Documents to Upload section.

Pay and Submit

Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $50CAD application fee.

Wait for Review

Decisions are issued approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadline

For the Winter 2021 intake, the deadline for application for Single LLM Courses is July 26, 2020. Applications for Summer 2021 will open December 2020.

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*Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions. To inquire about credit eligibility, please email