D.C.L. Program Description

The Doctor of Civil Law program allows for the development of a substantive and original contribution to legal research and knowledge under the supervision of a faculty member. Doctoral candidates normally plan to pursue an academic career, and develop their approach to pedagogy, research, and writing while at McGill.

D.C.L. candidates all begin with immersion in our Theoretical Approaches to Law and Legal Research Methodology courses in order to ground the critical framework necessary for a major research and writing project. Every candidate must successfully pass a comprehensive examination, usually after one year in the program, and two D.C.L. Seminars.

Our doctoral programs

The Faculty of Law offers three options for students in its doctoral program:

  1. Doctor of Civil Law - Law
  2. Doctor of Civil Law - Comparative Law
  3. Doctor of Civil Law - Air and Space Law

Doctoral programs have at their core a substantial thesis, which makes an original contribution to legal scholarship. All students must successfully complete the following:

Based on program revision as of Fall 2017

  D.C.L. program
Required Courses
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
Legal Research Methodology (for students admitted as of Fall 2017)

Research course
Literature Review, Analysis, and Proposal (for students admitted as of Fall 2017)

Comprehensive exam
LAWG 701 - Comprehensive Exam - Law - if Law
CMPL 701 - Comprehensive-Comparative Law - if Comparative Law
ASPL 701 - Comprehensive - Air/Space Law - if Air and Space Law

Research Seminar 1 (for students admitted as of Fall 2017)
Research Seminar 2 (for students admitted as of Fall 2014)
Recommended LAWG 601 - Communication 1
LAWG 602 - Communication 2
LAWG 525