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Graduate programs within the Faculty of Law

Graduate law students at McGill may register in the Faculty of Law for a general graduate program (LL.M.-Thesis or Non-Thesis, or D.C.L.) that provides maximum flexibility, or for a specific interdisciplinary program administered by Law.

Learn more about the graduate programs offered by McGill's Faculty of Law, or you are seeking postdoctoral opportunities, see Postdocs, research fellows & visiting scholars.

Graduate programs offered through our Institutes

Graduate law students may instead register in one of our two Institutes – the Institute of Comparative Law and the Institute of Air and Space Law – which provide specific frameworks within McGill’s Faculty of Law for graduate learning and research.

To pursue a degree that signals awareness of McGill’s reputation as a pre-eminent site for comparative legal pedagogy and scholarship, students may choose to enroll in a graduate program with an official Institute of Comparative Law designation.

Alternatively, students may wish to follow the highly specialized programs provided by the Institute of Air and Space Law, and thus to join students from all over the world who come for its leading expertise and substantial experience in the historical and contemporary challenges of air and space law. (See more information on our Institutes for graduate studies page.)

In addition to offering the LL.M. (Master’s of Law, Thesis or Non-Thesis) and D.C.L. (Doctorate) degrees, both Institutes offer Graduate Certificates – typically to jurists who wish to follow courses at a graduate level for one or two semesters, without taking on substantial research and writing. Finally, those interested in postdoctoral work should visit the Faculty of Law's page on Postdocs, research fellows & visiting scholars.

Here is a complete list of our graduate programs in law:

List of our Graduate Programs

Doctoral degree – D.C.L.

  1. Within the Faculty of Law
  2. Within the Institute of Air and Space Law
  3. Within the Institute of Comparative Law

*Note that our doctoral program culminates in a degree of "Doctor of Civil Law" (D.C.L.), reflecting the history and traditions of McGill's Faculty of Law.

Master's degree – LL.M.

  1. Within the Faculty of Law
    • General LL.M. with Thesis or Non-Thesis
    • Specialized LL.M. in Environment with Thesis or Non-Thesis
    • Specialized LL.M. in European Studies with Thesis (currently under revision)
    • Specialized LL.M. in Bioethics with Thesis
  2. Within the Institute of Comparative Law
    • LL.M in Comparative Law with Thesis or Non-Thesis
  3. Within the Institute of Air and Space Law
    • LL.M in Air and Space Law with Thesis or Non-Thesis

Graduate Certificates

  1. Within the Institute of Air and Space Law
  2. Within the Institute of Comparative Law

Core graduate courses

Two graduate courses form the core of our programs: Legal Research Methodology and Theoretical Approaches to Law. These courses offer a forum for students to reflect on issues that are central to the graduate study of law, regardless of a student’s particular area of specialization or experience.

Legal Research Methodology

This is a year-long course that assists students in developing their own thesis or research project proposal. As students practice research, writing, evaluating sources, and critical approaches to legal scholarship, they bring these insights to bear on their own burgeoning research.

Students meet many members of the faculty who teach special seminars, they engage in workshops as well as small group discussions, share ideas about sources and approaches, and gain constructive feedback on their own work.

Theoretical Approaches to Law

This is a one-semester course where students delve more deeply into theoretical frameworks that govern their own thinking about legal education and legal scholarship. By introducing students to a range of perspectives on law and its relation to rules, morality, culture, justice and obedience, students are encouraged to articulate, confront and re-think their own approach to their work.