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Welcome new incoming graduate students starting Fall 2015!

Welcome to the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

In anticipation of your upcoming graduate studies, please read carefully the information below.

If you have received a letter of offer of admission, please make sure to read Newly admitted students to the graduate programs for important information.

International students are strongly encouraged to consult the Pre-Arrival Guide by the International Student Services.  They also host orientation activities for new international students.  

Lectures begin September 4, 2015 - September 4 will follow a Monday schedule.  See important dates.

Information below outlines the registration process step-by-step, as well as the schedule for advising sessions and orientation activities.  If you have any questions or concerns, please grad [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us). We look forward to meeting you.

PowerPoint slides from the group advising sessions:


Registration for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 academic year for new graduate students opens on Minerva as of July 7, 2015.

  • Official registration period: July 7, 2015 to August 14, 2015; otherwise a late registration fee will be charged.
  • Register for BOTH the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 terms (Note for Graduate Certificate students: Please register for the Fall 2015 term only)


- Fall 2015 = 201509, CRN # 2334

- Winter 2016 = 201601, CRN # 2262

  • Log into Minerva > Student Menu > Registration Menu > Step 2: Search Class Schedule and Add Course Sections > Select a term (Fall 2015) > Click Submit > Select REGN - Registration for Subject > Enter RCGR in Course Number > Click Get Course Sections at bottom of page > Check off the box for CRN 2334 > Follow instructions (Repeat this process for Winter 2016, choosing CRN 2262)
  • Register for all compulsory courses listed on your Course selection form (see below).
  • Register for any 500 or 600 level elective courses you wish to take in the Faculty of Law. (Refer to Course Offerings List below)
  • Please also review the information posted on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website regarding Registration and Orientation.
  • All incoming graduate students this fall must complete a mandatory on-line Academic Integrity Tutorial on Minerva.

Please review the following materials in order to assist you with registration and course selection:


All newly admitted D.C.L. and LL.M. students will meet with the members of the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) for a group advising session.  Students must register for relevant courses prior to attending the advising session.  The sessions will take place as follows (please arrive 15 minutes early):

  • D.C.L. students: Wednesday, September 2, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Room 312, NCDH)
  • LL.M. students: The following 2 sessions will be held.  Please choose your preferred session by completing the sign-up form.
    • Friday, August 28, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Room 312, NCDH)
    • Thursday, September 3, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Room 312, NCDH)
  • Graduate Certificate students: Please contact GPO via grad [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) to set up an advising appointment.

NCDH refers to New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal.

Please bring the following documents to your advising session:

  • Course selection form (links below), duly completed and signed
  • Printed copy of MINERVA transcript

Course Selections Forms

These forms are Program specific; please ensure you are completing the correct form according to your program.

All incoming graduate students must complete the appropriate course selection form and register for courses on Minerva prior to attending the group advising sessions.  Enquiries regarding registration may be directed to GPO via grad [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).

Institute of Air & Space Law (IASL)

Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]

Graduate Certificate [.pdf]

Institute of Comparative Law (ICL)

Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]

Graduate Certificate [.pdf]

Faculty of Law (general program)

Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Thesis Environment [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis Environment [.pdf]

LLM Thesis Bioethics [.pdf]








Welcome and Orientation

Each year, the Faculty of Law and the Graduate Law Students Association welcome new students and help them get settled in. McGill University also provides information and support so as to welcome graduate students from around the world.

Schedule of Events

A number of orientation events are hosted by the Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) and the Faculty to welcome new graduate students and introduce them to the Law community and the city of Montreal. You are all encouraged to part take in these activities! (Details will come soon.)

Please view the 2015 graduate orientation schedule [.pdf]. (Updated July 20, 2015)

Please also register for an ICS information session at IT Knowledge Base.  N.B. Enter your own email address in the Supervisor section.