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30 November 2022 by AECC

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Contrary to the common misconception that studying law involves memorising penal codes and statutes, this field of study evokes a sense of analytical thinking in students. If you are an LLB (Bachelor of Law) graduate aspiring to pursue a Master’s, this blog will help you understand why you should pursue your LLM in Canada (Master of Laws). 

Taking up an LLM course in Canada will give you a competitive edge over other candidates regarding your knowledge of international law, opening up global career opportunities for you. Moreover, you also get to narrow down your interests and choose a specialisation to study. Read on to learn more about the top LLM courses in Canada, the fees, and the available job opportunities.

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Why Study LLM in Canada?

Here are some of the benefits of studying LLM in Canada:

  • The cost of living in Canada is quite affordable as most law schools offer accommodation and transportation facilities to their students.
  • Canadian law schools give scholarships to international students making it easier to fund your studies.
  • You can immediately kick start your career in Law as there are numerous promising job opportunities for lawyers in Canada. 
  • By studying LLM in Canada, you will get to explore a wide range of LLM programs from a great selection of law schools. 
  • Studying law in Canada will help you gain enough professional and legal knowledge and skills that will help boost your CV. 
  • You can easily find a part-time job that pays well or land a paid internship during your course to fund your studies.
  • Studying abroad in Canada is a great way to meet, interact and network with students from different backgrounds and cultures.

List of LLM Subjects

The subjects you learn in your LLM course can differ based on your specialisation. Here is a list of a few of the LLM subjects you will be learning: 

  • Legal Theory 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Ethics and Policy 
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Business Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law 
  • Law and Social Change 
  • Human Rights 
  • Labour Law 

Top LLM Courses in Canada

We have compiled a list of some of the top universities and the LLM courses that they offer  in the table below:

University 

Courses 

University of Alberta 

Course-based LLM

Thesis-based LLM 

University of Ottawa

LLM in Health Law, Policy and Ethics

LLM Concentration in Law and Social Justice

LLM Concentration in Legislative Studies

LLM Concentration in Law and Technology

LLM Concentration in International Humanitarian and Security Law

LLM in Global Sustainability and Environmental Law

York University

LLM in Canadian Common Law

LLM in International Business Law

LLM in Tax Law

Research LLM – Master of Law

University of Toronto

LLM in Business Law

LLM in Criminal Law

LLM in Legal Theory

LLM in Health Law, Ethics and Policy

University of British Columbia

LLM in Common law (LLMCL)

LLM in Taxation law

Queen’s University

LLM in Political and Legal Thought

University of Windsor

LLM with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

 

Eligibility for LLM in Canada for Indian Students

  • To apply for an LLM, you must have an LLB (Bachelor’s degree in law) or any equivalent degree with at least a 7.0 GPA for leading universities. 
  • You need to prove your English proficiency through one of the tests like IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL.
  • You need to submit an SOP along with a letter of recommendation.
  • You must hold a visa valid for the duration of your LLM course and any internships you might do. 
  • To work part-time or apply for internships, you must comply with the work hour limits set by your university and possess a work permit. 
  • You might be required to pass GRE or LSAT exam by certain universities.
  • After completing an LLM, you must also complete your JD (Juris Doctor) degree to start practising law in Canada.

 

LLM in Canada Fees

Top Universities

Program

Duration (in yrs.)

Tuition fees (1st year in CAD approx.)

University of Toronto

LLM in Business Law

CAD 41,722

University of Ottawa 

LLM 

1.4 

CAD 25,667

McGill University

LLM 

1

CAD 36,205

University of Alberta

LLM (thesis-based)

1

CAD 9,112

Dalhousie University

LLM (full-time/part-time)

1-2

CAD 8,452

Queen’s University

LLM in Political and Legal Thought

1

CAD 12,661

York University

LLM Canadian Common Law

1

CAD 22,466

University of British Columbia

LLM

1-2

CAD 8,943

 

Jobs after LLM in Canada

Graduating with an LLM from a Canadian institution provides vast opportunities for your career. Today, every major organisation needs legal representation. You can therefore look for jobs in a variety of sectors, including consultancy firms, corporate firms, global companies, law firms, and NGOs.

Some of the job profiles that you can explore after an LLM in Canada are:

  • Lawyer 
  • Legal Assistant 
  • Legal Consultant 
  • Legal Manager 
  • Magistrate 
  • Associate Attorney 
  • Law Clerk 
  • Solicitor 
  • Intellectual Property Specialist 
  • Trustee
  • Attorney General 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The average fees to study LLM in Canada for the first year can range anywhere from CAD 9,500 to CAD 47,000, based on the institution of your choice.

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An LLM degree from a Canadian institution can help open doors to a career in law, both in Canada and internationally. The broad scope of study available through an LLM program can give you the edge that employers are seeking. Additionally, studying for your LLM in Canada makes your legal education and practice in the same country more convenient.

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Some of the promising and high-in-demand law specialisations include:

  • Commercial Law
  • Litigation 
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Estate Law

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