OsgoodePD’s 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 Securities Law 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
Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in the securities field, whether in the public or private sector, who wish to develop an advanced knowledge of securities 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 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:
- 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 only run once per cohort:
SELA 6118 – Foundations of Securities Law* (3 Credits) – First term
SELA 6119 – Securities Law – Theoretical Approaches (3 Credits) – First Term
*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 6741 – Products, Transactions and Legal Structures (6 Credits) – Timing varies
SELA 6745 – Litigation and Enforcement (6 Credits) – Timing varies
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.
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 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.
The Securities Law specialization is a cohort program that accepts new students once every 2-3 years, in either the Fall or Winter term.
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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 6 terms
$7,264.03per 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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