Welcome to incoming graduate students starting in Fall 2017!

Welcome to the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

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

Lectures begin on September 5, 2017. See important dates.

The 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.law [at] mcgill.ca (email us). We look forward to meeting you in September!

PowerPoint slides from the LL.M. Information Sessions (September 1, 2017):


Registration for the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 academic year for new graduate students opens on Minerva as of July 4, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - Montreal time).

  • Official registration period: July 4, 2017 to August 14, 2017; otherwise a late registration fee will be charged.
  • Register for BOTH the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms (Note for Graduate Certificate students: Please register for the Fall 2017 term only)


+ Fall 2017 = 201709, CRN # 2334

+ Winter 2018 = 201801, CRN # 2262

  • Log into Minerva > Student Menu > Registration Menu > Step 2: Search Class Schedule and Add Course Sections > Select a term (Fall 2017) > 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 2018, 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 the Course Offerings below.)
  • Please also review the information posted on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website regarding registration and orientation.
  • All incoming graduate students must complete a mandatory on-line Academic Integrity Tutorial on Minerva.

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


All newly admitted LL.M. and GC 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 session will take place on (please arrive 15 minutes early):

Thursday, September 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Room 312, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel)

All newly admitted D.C.L. students will meet with the Associate Dean for a group advising session on the following dates/times; please contact our office at grad.law [at] mcgill.ca to schedule your appointment before August 4, 2017:

Tuesday, August 29 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 30 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Moreover, 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 exact program of study.

Air & Space Law

Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]

Graduate Certificate [.pdf]

Comparative Law (ICL)

Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]


Doctoral Program [.pdf]

LLM Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis [.pdf]

LLM Non-Thesis Environment [.pdf]

LLM Thesis Environment

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 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 McGill, the law community, and the city of Montreal.

As such, immediately following the LL.M. and GC advising session on September 1, all graduate students (GC, LL.M., and D.C.L.) are asked to attend the following orientation events (Room 312, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street):

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Various presentations - SKILLSETS, library, etc.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Welcome lunch - food and drinks provided for all!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Meet your GLSA representatives

Moreover, a graduate student will be available on August 29, 30, and 31 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM) in the Graduate Students Lounge (Room 304, New Chancellor Day Hall) to assist new students with registration and answer any questions and/or concerns.

There will also be ICS computer information/training sessions provided at IT Knowledge Base; please sign up here. N.B. Enter your own email address in the supervisor section.

Please consult the current 2016 graduate orientation schedule [.pdf] for additional information. (Updated August 18, 2016)