OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM is a graduate program in law designed specifically for lawyers and professionals with legal work experience. 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 International Business Law specialization offers an in-depth examination of Canadian and comparative private law concepts. Required and core courses address varied elements of international business practice, including business transactions, cross-border taxation, international arbitration, and international trade. You will explore current trends in international law practice, learning about relevant international legal instruments, regulatory changes, and important ethical considerations. International Business Law students may take courses from many of our business-related specializations, including Business Law, Intellectual Property, Securities, and Financial Law. International Business Law students who are internationally-trained lawyers pursuing accreditation to practice law in Canada may take NCA-accredited electives as well.   

Who is the Specialization for?

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

Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of senior-level work experience directly related to international business law in areas such as governance, compliance, risk management, or finance 

Note: Our full-time Professional LLM options are geared to applicants who are in a career transition period or wish to take time away from work to focus on their studies.  While full-time students are welcome to work parttime during their studies, we encourage those working fulltime to consider our part-time options.

Student Services

As a full-time Professional LLM student, you’ll benefit from a wide range of student services designed to help you meet your academic and career goals.   

Career Development:  We understand that our full-time students are often interested in making a career transition after their studies, so we place significant emphasis on providing a range of resources, events, and one-on-one counselling to help our students meet their goals. 

Academic Success:  Full-time Professional LLM students come from across the globe and from many different professional backgrounds.  To help you achieve academic success, we offer resources and counselling throughout your program. 

Student Life:  Our students are uniquely positioned to participate in student life on York University’s Keele Campus and through Osgoode Hall Law School groups and events, as well as in professional legal events and networking through the Osgoode Professional Development centre.   

Our full range of services and more details about each one can be viewed below. 

List of 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

Learn about the program

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Full-Time Professional LLM

Options for Internationally Trained Lawyers

Sep 23 5:30 pm (ET)

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Full-Time Professional LLM

Options for Internationally Trained Lawyers

Oct 14 11:00 am (ET)

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in International Business Law requires completion of 36 credits including a research requirement.  The program is designed to be completed in one year (three active terms) through a combination of required and core courses, related electives, and up to 6 credits of outside electives. 

What You Can Expect

The program is designed to be completed in one year (three active terms) by completing 12 credits (two to four courses) per term. Full-time students usually take all their courses in person and are expected to visit campus on a regular basis. 

Courses in the International Business Law specialization are scheduled in a variety of ways, primarily as daytime intensive courses or weekly evening courses.  Courses may be held at our downtown Toronto location or on the York University Keele campus. 

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: 

You will start the International Business Law program by completing your required courses.  You should expect your first term to be heavier, particularly if you are taking introductory and required courses. These courses are designed to support new students and to scaffold your knowledge and skills, so they tend to have a larger number of class hours and assignments than core and elective courses do.  

Required Courses

Required courses are typically offered twice a year, in the Fall and Winter terms:

Required courses in this specialization must be taken in the first term of study.  Students who have taken an equivalent course at another law school may request exemption from one or both required courses. 

Elective Courses

You must complete at least 21 credits from International Business Law courses or related electives. Remaining credits may be drawn from courses in unrelated specializations, so long as you have any required prerequisite knowledge for those courses.  Internationally-trained lawyers working toward accreditation may use their elective space to take NCA-accredited courses. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

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

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 International Business Law specialization 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

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on October 01, 2021

Winter 2023

Applications Not Currently Open

Applications will open on February 01, 2022

Faculty

Program director

Jinyan Li

Germán Morales Farah

Instructors include

Suhuyini Abudulai

Laleh Hedayati

Sharon Wang

See full faculty list

What Our Graduates Say

LLM in International Business Law

Fang (Anna) Lei, BS, MS, LLM

Senior Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

I really appreciated that this program provided an internship. It gave me the chance to learn about the legal system in Canada. The IBL program will help expand your vision to broader areas, and help you to assist your international clients do business in Canada.

LLM in International Business Law

Santiago Costa, LLB, LLM

Associate Lawyer, Simpson Wigle LAW LLP

I would recommend this program without reservation. You’ll be exposed to prominent professors at the cutting edge of their field.

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Tuition and Fees

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

Students who complete the program in fewer than three 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.

Domestic

$7,601.58per 3 terms

$22,804.74total

International

$14,528.06per 3 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 (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
  • 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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