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 Energy and Infrastructure Law specialization offers an in-depth examination into the policies, players, and stakeholders involved in a highly complex area with social, political, and environmental issues at hand. Core courses address changing paradigms in energy regulation, environmental protection, mining law, and more. You will explore and harness a sophisticated set of legal skills and a solid understanding of energy and infrastructure law framework.
Who is the Specialization for?
Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have a strong demonstrated interest in energy and infrastructure and wish to establish or expand a practice in this area of specialization
Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in public or private sector roles and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of energy and infrastructure law.
All Professional LLM students can benefit from our wide range of student services:
Workshops & Resources
Confidential Academic and Wellness Counselling
Workshops & Events
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.
Learn about the program.
The Professional LLM in Energy and Infrastructure 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 core 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 Energy & Infrastructure 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:
- Internationally-trained lawyers: GNRL 6209 – Canadian Graduate Legal Research & Writing (Online) (3 Credits)
- Professionals without a law degree: GNRL 6149 Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies (3 Credits)
Core courses vary from term to term. Typically, each core course is offered once every 2-3 years. Some options include Transportation Law in Canada, Climate Change: International Governance, Mitigation and Adaptation, and Infrastructure Development and Finance, To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below.
The number of courses which must be drawn from Energy and Infrastructure core courses, depends upon the option you select for your research requirement (see below). Up to 6 credits may be drawn from courses in unrelated specializations, so long as you have any required prerequisite knowledge for those courses.
Elective course offerings vary from term to term.
You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Energy and Infrastructure 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.
The research requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following three options. Most students elect to fulfill the requirement through option 3:
- A Major Research Paper (70 pages, 6 Credits)*
- An Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages, 3 Credits)**
- A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) completed as the means of assessment for one of the courses within the specialization. ***
*Students writing a Major Research Paper must complete at least 18 credits of core Energy and Infrastructure Law courses
**Students writing an Independent Significant Research paper must complete at least 21 credits of core Energy and Infrastructure Law courses
***Students writing a Significant Research paper must complete at least 24 credits of core Energy and Infrastructure Law courses
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.
Mark W.S. Bain
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 6 terms
$7,264.03per 6 terms
Students are also subject to supplementary fees including health benefits. Find out more about supplementary fees here.
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:
- Writing Sample
- Contact Information for Two References
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions? We’re here to help! Click here to get in touch.