The Only Program of Its Kind in Canada.

Build solid understanding of the Canadian legal system for your academic and professional goals in law.

The Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law is designed to provide a deep understanding of Canadian law in the key areas of public and private law. It covers foundational aspects of the Canadian legal landscape, including Canada’s legal history and structure; skills-focused topics, such as legal research and writing; and more specialized topics, through elective courses of your choice. Learn from expert faculty and network with professionals across a variety of industries. The Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law opens the doors to better career opportunities in the Canadian legal market and can set the stage for further graduate study.

Part-time options will be available for Fall 2023. Sign up to receive a notification when the application window opens.

Who should apply?

Graduates of law degree programs from civil law jurisdictions outside Canada who need to build a strong foundation in common law before pursuing accreditation to practise in Canada.

Internationally trained law graduates looking for academic and career training and support.

Course Requirements

What to Expect

The full-time diploma is delivered in in-person, seminar-style classes. Students are required to complete 18 credits of course work, including 12 credits of required courses and then 6 credits of elective courses. Classes are held from January to August at our downtown Toronto location or on the York University Keele Campus.

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Full-Time Professional LLM

Options for Internationally Trained Lawyers

Sep 23 5:30 pm (ET)

Online Info Session
Full-Time Professional LLM

Options for Internationally Trained Lawyers

Oct 14 11:00 am (ET)

Learn about the Diploma

Required Courses

GDCL 6201

Canadian Legal Research and Analysis

GDCL 6202

Academic and Applied Legal Writing

GDCL 6203

Introduction to Canadian Public Law

GDCL 6204

Introduction to Canadian Private Law

Program Start and Application Deadlines

The diploma accepts new students once each calendar year, in the Winter term. 

Winter 2022

Applications Closed

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

Tuition and Fees

Full-time students pay in two installments over two terms.

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

Domestic

$4,950.00per 2 terms

$9,900.00total

International

$8,910.00per 2 terms

$17,820.00total

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

Admission Requirements

A degree in law from outside Canada with a minimum overall “B” (75%) average (or equivalent) 

Applicants without a law degree must have an honours bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall “B” (75%) average or (or equivalent) and at least two years of relevant professional experience involving exposure to legal or regulatory issues

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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