OsgoodePD’s part-time 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 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
Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in the healthcare sector and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of health law for professional purposes
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 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:
- 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)
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 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.
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.
Courses are not available every term, so proper course planning is advised. A full course-load is considered to be 12 credits per term. A full-time degree is typically 3 terms.
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.
What our graduates say
LLM in Health Law
Erica Zarkovich, LLB, LLM
General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary Cancer Care Ontario
As you get further in your career, it’s harder to find opportunities to learn. The LLM in Health Law gives you an invaluable opportunity to carve out time to focus on yourself and to learn in an intensive environment with a very diverse and smart group of people. It’s the ultimate personal and professional challenge.
LLM in Health Law
Omar Ha-Redeye, JD, LLM
Executive Director, Durham Community Legal Clinic
As a lawyer, you’re constantly having to learn and stay current. The LLM in Health Law gives you a target and the structure to reach that goal. You’ll draw on some of the best expertise that’s out there. Completing the program has made me a better teacher, lawyer, and specialist.
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
$7,264.03per term for 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.
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