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Key Information on Advising, Supervision, Thesis Submission and Graduation

Advising and Counseling

All new students are required to meet with the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs) PRIOR to the beginning of classes. The Associate Dean (Graduate Programs) provides academic counseling and approves course selections for all graduate students in law.

Appointments to meet with the Associate Dean must be arranged by sending an gradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email request) as soon as you know when you will be arriving in Montreal.

The registration process takes place in three steps: the first two steps must be completed before your scheduled meeting with Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), and the third step will follow your consultation with the Associate Dean.

  1. Send to the Graduate and Post-doctoral Office (GPSO) residence and immigration documents and all other required documents (if needed) at the following address:
    Service Point
    3415 McTavish Street
    Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C8
  2. Accept the offer of admission and activate your Fall and Winter sessions online on Minerva at https://horizon.mcgill.ca/pban1/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin
  3. Complete your course registration prior to your appointment with the Associate Dean.

LLM Information Session Presentation [.pptx] (Oct. 2010)

McGill’s central resource for guiding supervisors, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through their shared learning experiences, Supervision's site offers insights from the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as specific advice on McGill’s practices. (external link)

Research Supervisors

Consult our faculty members' pages to learn about the research, teaching and writing interests of our law professors.

For university regulations and guidelines regarding graduate student supervision, go to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

How are supervisors assigned? When does this happen?

Doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates who receive an offer of admission to the Faculty of Law are provided with the name of a professor who has agreed to supervise their work. While applicants to the D.C.L. program are invited to suggest potential supervisors based on their proposed research topic, the choice of supervisor is finalized by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Law, in consultation with the Graduate Programs Admissions Committee and the Graduate Program Institute Directors. Factors taken into account include potential funding, mentoring capacity, and potential for high quality attention and support.

LL.M. candidates

LL.M. candidates are assigned a Faculty supervisor during their first or second semester at the Faculty of Law. By November, LL.M. students writing a thesis are allocated a supervisor, chosen from among the Faculty’s full-time professors by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Law, in consultation with the Graduate Program Institute Directors and the Associate Dean, Research in Law. By February, LL.M. students writing a Supervised Research Project are allocated a supervisor, also chosen by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Law, in consultation with Institute directors and the Associate Dean, Research in Law.

Supervisors are selected for their mentoring and guidance potential and for their capacity to respond to LL.M. students and their interests/backgrounds. Students are invited to provide a brief description of their proposed research questions at the time of the allocation process.


Students are responsible for the correctness and completeness of their records. While the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), the Law Graduate Programs staff of the Faculty of Law, and GPS staff are all available to give advice and guidance, the ultimate responsibility for course selection, compliance with and completion of program and degree requirements, and observance of regulations and deadlines rests with the student.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the program requirements and deadlines and to seek guidance when in doubt.

See also the GPS website for Thesis preparation and submission guidelines.