The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to and overview of Canada's legal system and the role of law in Canadian society. Topics considered include the overarching legal framework, the various sources of Canadian Law, the different branches of Canadian government, separation of powers, the role of international law, the nature and function of common law reasoning and judicial review in the Canadian system, basic approaches to statutory interpretation and selected issues relating to law and Aboriginal peoples. This course is taught in an interactive online format, with regular instructor and classmate interaction. In each section of the course, students will do independent reading, review multimedia content in the course website, and communicate with their instructor(s) and fellow students. Regular group work, problem-based learning, practical exercises, and research and writing assignments will be required at key points during the course. At the conclusion of the course, students will participate in exam review and write an invigilated final exam.


Open only to current and prospective NCA candidates.

Pre-requisites: N/A

Anti-requisites: CCLW 6502 - Foundations of Canadian Law, CCLW 6847 - Canadian Public & Constitutional Law, BLIS 6513 - Introduction to Canadian Law

NCA equivalence:

Yes - satisfies Foundations of Canadian Law competency

Terms Offered

Winter 23

Video conference only

Course Section: M

3.0 credits

Fall 23

Video conference only

Course Section: A

3.0 credits

Fall 22

Video conference only

Course Section: A

3.0 credits

Fall 24

Course Section: A

3.0 credits

Winter 24

Course Section: M

3.0 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)
  • 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.

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