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About the B.C.L./LL.B. Program

The McGill BCL/LLB program is unique in North America for its structure and the graduates it produces. Some highlights of the program include:

  • McGill students receive degrees in common law (LLB), and civil law (BCL).
    • Our LLB is the equivalent of a JD from any other North American law school. It is a second-entry degree (after an undergraduate degree or CEGEP), not a first-entry degree (directly from high school) like European or Australian LLBs.
    • Our BCL is the equivalent of a civil law degree from any other Quebec law school.
  • McGill students are eligible for admission to the bar of any province in Canada, as well as in New York and Massachusetts. 
  • McGill students are passively bilingual, which means they can at a minimum read and understand French and English. Most of our students are fluent in both languages, and many others!
  • Our students are graded according to the McGill system. Note that in most years, the 50th percentile of the graduating class will be between 3.0 and 3.2 on our 4.0 GPA scale, and a student on the Dean's Honour List (top 10%) will usually have a Cumulative GPA of between 3.35 and 3.7. See the Grade Distribution Chart for more information.
  • The program is designed to be completed in 3 1/2 years, though some complete it in either 3 or 4 years.
  • Admission to the McGill program is holistic, based on marks, community involvement, and non-academic achievements. 
  • The student body hails from all around the world. Most of our students earned undergraduate degrees before law school, and many also earned graduate degrees.

The following letter, written by Dean Daniel Jutras, provides information about the competencies developed in the program, as well as an idea of how students are prepared to work in various jusrisdictions following the completion of their two law degrees at McGill:

McGill's Law Program - English - Letter to Employers [.pdf]
Le diplôme de droit B.C.L./LL/B - francais - Lettre aux employeurs [.pdf]

This one, prepared by Assistant Dean of Student Life and Learning Aisha Topsakal, explains our program and our exceptionnally rigorous academic standards. It might be really helpful to interpret a McGill Law student's transcript!

McGill Law_Program_and_Grades [.pdf]