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 Professional LLM in General Law provides an option for lawyers to combine two to three specializations to customize their learning for their own personal and professional goals.   

Who is the Specialization for?

Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have knowledge and expertise in two or more areas of specialization.

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.

Attend an upcoming information session.

Online Info Session
Part-Time Professional LLM

Oct 26 5:30 pm (ET)

Online Info Session
Part-Time Professional LLM

Dec 14 11:00 am (ET)

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in General Law requires completion of  36 credits including a research requirement.  The program is designed to be completed in two years (six active terms).  General students must declare two or three specializations from which they will take courses. 

AreaFall 2022Winter 2023Fall 2023Course Requirements
Administrative LawN/A
Business LawN/A
Canadian Common Law*N/A
Constitutional LawN/A
Dispute Resolutionx ALDR 6100 (in your first Fall Term) & ALDR 6101 (in your first Winter term) 
Energy and Infrastructure law N/A
Financial LawN/A
Health Law✓ xLAWH 6861 and LAWH 6860 in Fall 2022 
Intellectual Property LawN/A
Labour and Employment LawN/A
Privacy and Cybersecurity LawN/A
Securities LawxNext anticipated offering – Winter 2024 
Taxation LawTXLW 6100 (in your first Fall term) 

*Only those with a law degree from outside Canada who are working toward accreditation can select Canadian Common Law. 

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.  

Because course offerings within your chosen areas of specialization will vary from term to term, General students will often take terms away from the program if no courses suit their particular interests or goals.

In your first term of the program, 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: 

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) on a topic related to one of your designated specializations 
  2. An Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages, 3 Credits) on a topic related to one of your designated specializations 
  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 General option accepts new students twice each calendar year, in the Fall term and the Winter term. 

Winter 2022

Applications Closed

If you would like to be considered for late application, please Contact Us.

Fall 2022

Application Deadlines:

International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: January 15, 2022

Final Deadline: May 1, 2022

Winter 2023

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on February 01, 2022

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 6 terms

$22,804.74total

International

$7,264.03per 6 terms

$43,584.18total

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 Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent) 

Professional work experience related to your chosen areas of specialization (JD/LLB graduates require at least 2 years) 

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
  • 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

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