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 Taxation Law specialization offers an in-depth examination into the policies, principles, and internal logic of tax laws in Canada and beyond. The required course addresses tax policy, statutory interpterion, and the taxation of individuals, while electives broaden the scope. You will explore all aspects of taxation law, from the basic rules underlying traditional personal tax planning principles to current developments in the sophisticated design of financial instruments.
Who is the Specialization for?
Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have a strong demonstrated interest in taxation law and wish to establish or expand a practice in this area of specialization
Note: While Taxation Law is available on both a part-time and full-time basis, full-time is reserved for internationally trained lawyers and junior lawyers. Experienced lawyers and non-legal professionals are encouraged to consider our part-time option.
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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.
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The Professional LLM in Taxation 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 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.
All courses in the Taxation Law specialization are scheduled as intensive courses (typically Thursday evening, all-day Friday and all-day Saturday, or in 5-day 9AM-5PM sessions).
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)
The required course is typically offered once a year and must be completed in your first term of study:
TXLW 6201 – Introduction to the Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (3 Credits) – Fall term
Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include International Taxation, and Managerial Tax Planning. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below.
You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Taxation 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 Taxation Law specialization accepts new students once each calendar year, in the Fall term.
If you’re looking for a Taxation Law specialization that can be completed while working full-time, you might be interested in our part-time offering instead.
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What our graduates say
LLM in Taxation Law
Aaron Grinhaus, LLB, JD, LLM
Lawyer, Grinhaus Law Firm
Osgoode’s LLM in Taxation Law has helped increase the value of my practice by augmenting the quality and depth of the advice I can provide to my clients. It was also a valuable opportunity to explore practical problems academically with some of the greatest legal minds in Canada, and helped me to better understand the issues that shape and influence the law.
LLM in Taxation Law
Michael Saxe, CPA, CA, LLM
Partner, Taxation Services MNP
This program has raised the bar for my future academic endeavours. Osgoode’s LLM in Taxation Law was an exciting and challenging program which developed my understanding and knowledge of tax law beyond my expectations. The faculty and staff were incredibly helpful, professional, and generous with their assistance.
Tuition and Fees
Full-time students pay in three installments over three 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 three terms, you’ll be billed your remaining installment(s) at the end of your program. If you need more than three 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.
$7,601.58per term for 3 terms
$15,254.46per term for 3 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.
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Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $130 CAD application fee.
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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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