DCL Proposal, Tracking, Comprehensives and Thesis Defense
Your time as a doctoral student is carefully structured, thereby ensuring adequate support of your progress by the Faculty of Law and by McGill University.
First year: research proposal
In your first year as a D.C.L. candidate at the Faculty of Law, you will submit a detailed research proposal, prepared under the guidance of your supervisor. You will also be asked to develop a timeline, to be updated and submitted each year throughout your program. See the protocol and proposal forms below.
Second year: advisory committee, comprehensive exam
In the second year, an Advisory Thesis Committee will be created for you. The two professors on that Committee will read and evaluate a sample of your doctoral writing in the context of a comprehensive exam scheduled in your third or fourth term at McGill. See the comprehensive exam forms below.
During that comprehensive exam, you will have an opportunity to present your project and timeline, and to discuss your ideas and progress with professorial colleagues. From then on, you will complete and submit an annual tracking form, signed by your supervisor and members of your Advisory Thesis Committee. See the tracking forms below.
Dissertation submission: external evaluators
Upon submission of your dissertation, you will be asked to nominate three potential external evaluators – three professors at universities other than McGill. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office selects the evaluator and, until the time of defense, the identity of that evaluator is not known by the Faculty of Law. For more information, see How to choose examiners for your thesis (on our Preparation and deposition of theses page).
Defense and final submission
Your defense will be scheduled by the Graduate Programs Office at the Faculty of Law, and will depend on the availabilities of all participants. Following a successful defense, doctoral candidates are informed of the deadline for final submission of the dissertation. For more information, see Final deposition of a thesis (on our Preparation and deposition of theses page).
- Doctoral students tracking policy implementation guidelines [.pdf]
- Directives pour la politique de suivi [.pdf]
- DCL student research objectives (Form 1) [.doc]
- DCL student research progress report (Form 2 - to be completed by student) [.doc]
- DCL student research progress report (Form 3 - to be completed by committee) [.doc]