OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM in Administrative Law is a graduate program designed specifically for working professionals. Each of our distinct specializations focuses on interdisciplinary learning and provides you with a unique mix of academic, applied, and theoretical perspectives.  You will learn through interactive discussions and explore practical issues related to your specialization. You’ll have access to a wide range of elective options to broaden your legal knowledge or explore new areas related to your professional interests.  

The LLM in Administrative Law offers an in-depth examination of contemporary legal issues that relate to the delivery of public programs and social benefits. Required courses address administrative law remedies, overviews, and current developments, as well as the theoretical perspectives of public law and administration. You will explore the law and application of judicial review principles, case studies in provincial and federal administrative specializations, institutions and policy-making processes, and the liability of the Crown and other public bodies. 

Who is the Specialization for?

Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have a strong demonstrated interest in administrative law and wish to establish or expand a practice in this area of specialization. 

Professionals without a law degree who have significant work experience (at least five years) related to administrative law in areas such as government, education, tribunal, policy, or regulatory affairs.

Alumni Spotlight

Amanda Wickett

Amanda is a partner at McDougall Gauley LLP. Amanda shares her journey from public to private practice, balancing her work, studies and family life, and how she accomplished her goals through learnings during her Professional LLM in Administrative law.

Student Services

All Professional LLM students can benefit from our wide range of student services:

Academic Services

Program Orientation

Introductory Courses

Workshops & Resources

Confidential Academic and Wellness Counselling

Career Support

Job Postings


Workshops & Events


Campus Life

Student Social Activities

Osgoode & York U Extra Curriculars

Professional Networking Events

All of our academic and career development services are available remotely, and counselling hours have varied schedules to suit the needs of part-time students.

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Jun 20 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m (ET)

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Jun 21 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m (ET)

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Jul 13 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m (ET)

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Jul 20 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m (ET)

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in Administrative Law  requires completion of  36 credits including a research requirement.  The program is designed to be completed in two years (six active terms) through a combination of required courses, related electives and up to 6 credits of outside electives. 

What you can expect

The program is designed to be completed in two years (six active terms) by completing 6 credits (one or two courses) per term.  

Many of the courses in the Administrative Law specialization are scheduled as weekly evening courses (typically in 7-10PM sessions). However, you will encounter intensive courses as well (typically Thursday evening, all-day Friday and all-day Saturday).   

In your first term of admission, you may be assigned a course as a condition of your admission. Admission condition courses count towards your degree requirements. Students with the following profiles usually have required introductory courses: 

Required Courses

Required courses typically offered once every two years:

ADLW 6765 – Administrative Law Remedies (3 credits) – Even-Year Winter

ADLW 6761 – Some Theoretical Perspectives (3 credits) – Even-Year Winter

ADLW 6740 – Administrative Law: Overview  (6 credits) – Odd-Year Winter

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include Canadian Immigration Law, Public Inquiries, and Regulatory Regimes. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Administrative Law courses. Up to 6 credits may be drawn from courses in unrelated specializations, so long as you have any required prerequisite knowledge for those courses. 

Research Paper required. Choice of the following:

The research requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following three options. Most students elect to fulfill the requirement through option 3: 

  1. A Major Research Paper (70 pages, 6 Credits) 
  2. An Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages, 3 Credits) 
  3. A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) completed as the means of assessment for one of the courses within the specialization. 

Course planning

Courses are not available every term, so we advise planning your courses in advance. This tool is for planning purposes only. Selecting courses using this tool does not enroll you in the course or reserve a space in the course for you.

Application Dates

The Administrative Law specialization accepts new students twice each calendar year, in the Fall term and the Winter term. 

Please Note
We have extended the final application deadline for the Fall 2023 intake until June 1, 2023.

Fall 2023

Application Deadlines:
International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: January 15, 2023
Final Deadline: June 1, 2023

Winter 2024

Application Deadlines:

International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: April 15, 2023

Final Deadline: September 15, 2023

Fall 2024

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on October 01, 2023


Instructors include

Ronda Bessner

Bryant Greenbaum

Lorne Sossin

See full faculty list

Tuition and Fees

Part-time students pay in six installments over six active terms. 

You will be billed an installment for each term in which you enroll in courses.  If you complete the program in fewer than six terms, you’ll be billed your remaining installment(s) at the end of your program.  If you need more than six terms to complete your credits, extra term fees will apply. 

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


$3,800.79per term for 6 terms


$8,008.59per term for 6 terms


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

Admission Requirements

The Admissions Committee considers each application holistically on the basis of factors such as  academic background, professional work experience, and whether the program fits your stated goals. Admission to the program is competitive. The information below represents the minimum requirements for admission consideration to our graduate degree programs – meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.  

JD/LLB degree or undergraduate degree (a graduate degree is an asset to non-legal professionals) 

Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent) 

Professional work experience (JD/LLB graduates require at least 2 years, while non-legal professionals require at least 5 years of related senior-level experience) 

Acceptable English language proficiency (see requirements) 

How to Apply

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
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact Information for Two References
  • Transcripts
  • 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 $130 CAD application fee.

Wait for Review

Timelines for decisions vary by program, but we will be in touch if we have questions about your application or need more information.

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