This course examines the general principles of liability under the criminal law and various procedural matters relating to the trial of an accused person. Topics considered include: the legal elements of crime, from the prohibited act to the mental element necessary to constitute guilt; particular emphasis on offences against the person, such as homicides, assaults and sexual offences; reflection on the rationale for punishment; range of defences, from total exoneration to diminished responsibility; general introduction to the criminal justice process; and notions of criminal procedure, evidence and sentencing.


Open only to current and prospective NCA candidates.

Pre-requisites: N/A

Anti-requisite: CCLW 6443 - Canadian Criminal Law (Online), LAW 6843P - Canadian Criminal Law

NCA equivalence:

Yes - satisfies Canadian Criminal Law competency

Terms Offered

Winter 22

Course Section: M

6.0 credits

Winter 22

Course Section: N

6.0 credits

Summer 22

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Summer 22

Course Section: B

6.0 credits

Enrolled in a full-time or part-time LLM program?

Apply via the application form in your email.

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)
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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