OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM program is a graduate program in law 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 Dispute Resolution specialization offers an in-depth examination into existing limitations of traditional conflict resolution processes and new approaches to resolving disputes. Required courses address the theory and practice behind dispute resolution. You will explore ways to function more effectively when resolving conflict as a representative or a neutral, and work to improve your analysis, problem-solving, and negotiation skills. 

Who is the Specialization for?

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

Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of relevant senior work experience and wish to develop an advanced academic and practical understanding of dispute resolution for professional purposes. 

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

Resources/Guides

Workshops & Events

Counselling

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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Online Info Session
Non-Lawyer Professionals

Evening Session

May 26 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m (ET)

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Canadian Lawyers

Evening Session

Jun 15 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m (ET)

Online Info Session
Non-Lawyer Professionals

Evening Session

Jun 23 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m (ET)

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in Dispute Resolution 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.  

All courses in the Dispute Resolution program are designed as  intensives. Intensive courses typically run over four/five consecutive days (9AM-5PM) or over two weekends (Thursday evening + Friday & Saturday 9AM-5PM). The second required course in the program, Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution requires in-person attendance. Some elective courses require in-person attendance and others can be completed through live video conference. Provided that you select only elective courses with a video conference option, you could complete your electives entirely though video conference.  

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 offered once per year. You must complete the required courses before moving on to elective courses within the specialization.  

ALDR 6301 – The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution (6 Credits) – Winter term
(This course requires in-person attendance)

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include Culture, Diversity, and Power in Dispute Resolution, Dispute Analysis and Process Design, and Mediation Advocacy. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Dispute Resolution 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. 

A sufficient number of elective courses in the program are offered online (through live interactive video conferencing), such that students could complete all of their elective courses online. Students who wish to complete all courses online may need to be prepared to take one or more leaves of absence during the program, dependent on elective availability and scheduling.

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

Courses are not available every term, so proper course planning is advised.

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 Dispute Resolution specialization accepts new students once each calendar year, in the Fall term. 

Fall 2023

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on October 01, 2022

Faculty

Program director

Martha Simmons

Instructors include

Christine Kim

Yael Efron

Alicia Kuin

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.

Domestic

$3,800.79per term for 6 terms

$22,804.74total

$7,627.23per term for 6 terms

$45,763.38total

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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