OsgoodePD’s part-time Professional LLM in Health 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 Health Law specialization offers an in-depth examination into a dynamic and rapidly growing field with a wide range of practice opportunities and intellectual challenges. Required courses address bioethics and the law as well as legal frameworks in the Canadian healthcare system. You will explore major areas where law and health intersect, including mental health law, professional governance, malpractice, intellectual property, information technology and privacy in health law, human rights and globalization, health facilities law, pharmaceutical regulation, biotechnology, and comparative health law. 

Who is the Specialization for?

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

Senior professionals who work with legal and risk issues, including patient privacy, and other patient rights, medical negligence, regulatory compliance and contractual issues within hospitals, healthcare organizations and charities

Alumni Spotlights

Dr. Sandra Donnelly, alumnus of the part-time Professional LLM in Health Law.

Dr. Sandra Donnelly

Sandra is a Clinical Nephrologist at William Osler Health System (Osler) and has been teaching at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for 29 years. She discusses why she chose to pursue the Osgoode Professional LLM in Health Law and how it benefitted her career.

Danielle Douek, alumna of the part-time Professional LLM in Health Law

Danielle Douek

Danielle is a partner at Lerners Law Firm in London, Ontario. Danielle shares how an early interest in medicine was rekindled while working insurance defence files on behalf of hospitals and how that interest in medicine was turned into a successful legal practice with the help of the Professional LLM in Health 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.

Information Session

Interested in our part-time Professional LLM in Health Law? In this on demand session, you will learn more about course offerings, degree requirements, what to expect during your studies and the steps to apply.

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in Health 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 Health 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: 

Required Courses

Required courses typically offered once every two years: 

LAWH 6860 – The Canadian Health Care System: Legal Frameworks (3 Credits) 

LAWH 6861 – The Canadian Health Care System: Bioethics and the Law (3 Credits) 

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include Biotechnology and Issues in Health Law, Disability & Health Law, and Information Technology and Privacy in Health Law. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Health Law 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. 

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.


Program director

Adrienne Shnier

Instructors include

Vanessa Gruben

Elizabeth Kirley

Maureen Murphy

See full faculty list

Tuition and Fees

Part-time students pay in six installments over six terms.

Students who complete the program in fewer than six terms will have their final installment(s) added at the end of their program. Students who require more terms will be subject to additional tuition fees.

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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