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Admissions deadlines and supporting documents

This year, the online application system will become available starting October 1. Candidates can begin their application at that time, up until the application deadline reached (see below).

Since October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see McGill's Future Graduate Students site on Preparing to apply.

Application deadline

The deadline of application to all graduate law programs (LL.M.*, D.C.L., Graduate Certificates) is December 15. Deadline must be respected. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all required supporting documents as early as possible in the process and in advanced of the deadlines.

McGill Graduate Law offers the September entrance only; Winter and Summer admissions are not available. 

Special/Exchange/Visiting: The Faculty of Law does not accept special, exchange or visiting students.

*For information on the LL.M. Bioethics option, please refer to Biomedical Ethics Unit's Master's Program site in Medicine.

Required documents

All required supporting documents must be received by December 20. Please refrain from sending any other documents or items, as these will not be considered in your application.

Your supporting documents must be uploaded via your uApply account: please see McGill's Future Graduate Students site on Preparing to apply.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required supporting documents are submitted as early as possible.

Application

Candidates must apply online via uApply. Please see McGill's Future Graduate Students site on Preparing to apply.

Research Proposal - DCL and LLM programs

Applicants to the DCL or LLM programs must submit a research proposal The research proposal must be submitted electronically via uApply by December 20

Research Proposal - Doctor of civil Law (D.C.L.)

You have to describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so.

The description should take the form of a research proposal and it should be at least four to six pages. You should indicate familiarity with the broad field in which you plan to do intensive research and writing, justification for engaging in the particular project you envisage capacity to make an original contribution, a good sense of the feasibility of the project, and the names of potential suitable superiors at McGill.

Research Proposal – Master of Laws (LL.M.)-Thesis

You have to describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so.

Your description of candidacy should be of two to three pages. You should show preparedness for a major research project, familiarity with the broad field in which you plan to do intensive research and writing, capacity to make a real contribution to knowledge and understanding, and reasons for undertaking your project at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Include an indication of suitability for the particular Institute or specialized option in which you may be interested.

Research Proposal – Master of Laws (LL.M.)-Non-Thesis

You have to describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so.

Your description of candidacy should be of one to two pages. You should highlight your interests in the courses and the areas of concentration offered by McGill, and reasons for which this program will complement your past legal education. Please include preliminary identification of the area in which you intend to complete a supervised research project as part of your program. Include an indication of suitability for the particular Institute or specialized option in which you may be interested.

Personal Statement (Certificate applicants only)

You have to describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so. Your description of candidacy should be of one to two paragraphs. It should describe the connections between your past education and experience, and the Certificate course-based program you wish to pursue at McGill.

Master's thesis (D.C.L. applicants only)

D.C.L. applicants must provide a copy of their completed Master's thesis. If the thesis is still in progress, the applicant is required to submit 2-3 completed chapters. Thesis uploaded via the uApply system should not exceed 10MB. If the size of your thesis exceeds the limit, please submit part equivalent to 10MB. 

Letters of recommendation

  • McGill will request letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors are required
  • Referees will receive an email from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with instruction on how to submit their letter of reference.
  • Be sure to indicate valid institutional or corporate e-mail addresses in your online application. Electronic letters sent from a public domain address such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Videotron, etc, will not be considered official.
  • For the doctoral program, one of the letters must be from the applicant's Master's thesis supervisor.

Transcripts

  • Applicants must be graduates of an accredited university and hold a Bachelor of Laws Degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent (Upper Second Class).
  • Applicants must upload transcripts of all university-level studies.  If your transcript does not specifically state that you have been awarded the degree, you must also send a document which confirms your graduation.
  • Applicants must submit a list of titles of courses taken in the major subject if the transcripts give code numbers only.
  • Applicants must attach an official grading system document used by the applicant's university. If this document is not received, the file will not be reviewed and will remain incomplete.
  • Transcripts in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided either by the school issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.
  • Transcripts sent to McGill become the property of the University. As such, they will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

Test scores (if required)

  • Please note that the latest date by which you can take any English test is December 31st. No test will be accepted beyond that date
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) official score report. The official score report must be sent directly to McGill University by the administrators of the TOEFL. Test scores are valid for two (2) years; scores will be accepted only if it can be obtained electronically from the test centres. Our Institution Code is 0935.
  • The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) official score report. The official score report must be sent directly to McGill University by the administrators of the IELTS. Test scores are valid for two (2) years. Our Institution Code is 0935.
  • The MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), the University of Cambridge ESOL or EDEXCEL London Test of English official score report. The official score report must be mailed directly to McGill University by the administrators of each test. Test scores are valid for 2 years.
  • The McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication official transcript. Applicants should not submit official transcripts of studies at McGill University. The Admissions Office will obtain these results directly from Enrolment Services.
  • The GRE is not required.

Except for the TOEFL and IELTS, official paper copy of score report must be mailed by test administrator to:

Enrolment Services
Management of Academic Records Unit
McGill University
3415 McTavish Street
Room MS 13
Montreal (Quebec)
H3A 0C8 CANADA.

In person:

Service Point (map)
McGill University
McLennan Library Building
3415 McTavish Street
(corner Sherbrooke Street West)

Other required documents

  • Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae (résumé) highlighting their academic background and achievements, their work experience (including volunteer and community work), as well as extra-curricular activities and other significant interests.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a recent passport-sized photograph of themselves (optional).

Application fee

  • Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $104.86, which is payable only by credit card (MasterCard, VISA or American Express).