OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM in Business 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 Business Law specialization offers an in-depth examination of corporate finance and corporate structuring, with required courses in advanced corporate law, corporate transactions, corporate remedies, and more. You will explore the current regulatory system, including emerging international influences and trends.  Business Law students may take courses from many of our business-related specializations, including International Business Law, Intellectual Property, Securities, and Financial Law. 

Who is the Specialization for?

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

Senior business professionals who have significant exposure from a professional context to the rules, regulations and legal principles that govern business activities and commercial transactions

Alumni Spotlights

Alumni photo: Jonathan Pinto, alumnus of the part-time Professional LLM in Business Law

Jonathan Pinto

Jonathan is the Chief Growth Officer at Odyssey Trust Company. Pinto shares some of the experiences he had through Osgoode’s Professional LLM in Business Law that helped him in his career journey and offers advice to those who may be thinking of getting their LLM.

Ryan Hayes, alumnus of the part-time Professional LLM in Business Law

Ryan Hayes

Ryan is currently the Associate General Counsel at Espresso Capital. After graduating in Glasgow in 2012, Ryan found himself out of sync with Canadian law school timelines. Recognizing this gap, he seized the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of business law via an LLM in Business 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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Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in Business 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 Business Law specialization are scheduled as intensive courses (typically Thursday evening, all day Friday and all day Saturday).  However, you will encounter weekly evening courses as well.  

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 are typically offered once per year and can be taken in any order:

LAWB 6735 – Boards of Directors (3 Credits) – Fall Term  

LAWB 6749 – Corporate Governance (3 Credits) – Fall Term  

LAWB 6902 – Corporate Finance (3 Credits) – Winter Term

LAWB 6909 – Corporate Transactions (3 Credits) – Winter Term

LAWB 6908 – Corporate Remedies (3 Credits) – Summer Term 

LAWB 6870 – Advanced Corporate Law (3 Credits) – Summer Term  

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term.  Elective courses are drawn from the Business Law program (for example, Competition Law and Policy) and from related specializations, such as International Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Financial Law, and Securities Law.  To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Business Law courses or related electives.  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 Requirement

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

Course plans are typically provided for the next two calendar years. Specific course schedules are subject to change without notice until the course enrollment process for an upcoming term begins. Please check course schedules immediately before making your enrollment request to ensure you have the most current schedule information.

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

Fall 2024 Extended Deadline

Application Deadlines:

International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: January 15, 2024

Final Deadline: June 1, 2024

Winter 2025

Application Deadlines:

International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: April 15, 2024

Final Deadline: September 15, 2024

Fall 2025

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on October 01, 2024


Program director

Poonam Puri

Instructors include

Andrew Carlson

Robert Harlang

Andrew Sunter

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

Admission to Professional LLM specializations is competitive. At OsgoodePD, we can help you navigate the process.  The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s completed file and takes into consideration criteria such as academic background, professional work experience, and whether the program fits your stated goals. 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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