OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM in Securities 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.  

This Professional LLM specialization offers an in-depth examination into Canadian capital markets, including complex financial products, transactions and legal structures, regulatory systems including disclosure requirements and enforcement regimes, and current and emerging international issues and influences within the field. Required courses address foundations and theoretical approaches to securities law, litigation and enforcement, and products, transactions, and legal structures. You will explore challenging issues concerning the appropriate regulation of complex products, how regulatory responsibility is shared among entities, and the nature of systemic risk. 

Who is the Specialization for?

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

Senior professionals who work with compliance, facilitating financial transactions and providing financial expertise.

Alumni Spotlights

Harvey Naglie, alumnus of the part-time Professional LLM in Securities Law

Harvey Naglie

Harvey has served on investor and consumer advisory panels for both the Ontario Securities Commission and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario and is currently a board member at financial consumer watchdog FAIR Canada. He shares how the insights he gained during his decade as a government advisor – combined with the new skills acquired from his securities law LLM – were vital in his new incarnation as a consumer rights advocate.

Charmaine Chung, alumna of the part-time Professional LLM in General Law

Charmaine Chung

Charmaine is the Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for EY Law LLP. After discovering her passion for securities law, Charmaine wanted to stay ahead of the game. She joined the Professional LLM in Securities Law to gain more knowledge and in-depth experience as quickly as possible.

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 Securities 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 Securities 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.  

Courses in the  Securities Law specialization are scheduled as a mix of weekly evening courses (typically in 7-10PM sessions) and 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 only run once per cohort:

*SELA 6118 is only required for students who have not had practical or regulator training as securities lawyers in Canada. Students who do have this experience are not required to take SELA 6118. 

SELA 6745 – Litigation and Enforcement (6 Credits) – Timing varies 

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include Continuous Disclosure, International Securities Regulation, and Markets and Market Intermediaries. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Securities 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.

Application Dates

The Securities Law specialization is a cohort program that accepts new students once every 2-3 years, in either the Fall or Winter term. 


Program director

Mary G. Condon

Instructors include

Josée Turcott

Michael Brown

William J. Braithwaite

See full faculty list

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.


$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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