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Typical Calendar of LL.M. Thesis and Non-Thesis Students

Below are typical timelines indicating the course work and research-related steps for our LL.M. Non-Thesis program and a Thesis program. This is provided purely for indicative purposes.


LL.M. Non-Thesis typical calendar

First session (Fall: September to December)

Courses

15 credits of courses, including:

Research project process

  • November → Research and writing workshops within Legal Research Methodology
  • September to December → Beginning of your reflection on your research project topic.

Second session (Winter: January to April)

Courses

15 credits of courses, including:

Research project process

  • January → Submission of an abstract outlining your research project
  • February → Draft research proposal within Legal Research Methodology
  • March → Oral presentation of your draft research proposal
  • May → Final research proposal, outline and bibliography

Third session (Summer: May to August)

Courses

May to August → Possibility of taking courses over the summer session. For more information, consult the SAO site's Current courses & registration information, notably the Summer session section.

Research project process

Until August → writing your research project in Montreal.

LL.M. students in the course-intensive Non-Thesis program typically write their Supervised Research Projects in the summer session and thus can complete all requirements for their LL.M. degree within a three term (Fall, Winter and Summer) period.

 


LL.M. Thesis typical calendar

First session (Fall: September to December)

Courses

11 credits (recommended) courses, including:

Thesis process

  • November → Research and writing workshops within Legal Research Methodology
  • September to December → Beginning of your reflection on your thesis topic.

Second session (Winter: January to April)

Courses

4 credits (recommended) courses, including:

Thesis process

  1. January → Draft research proposal within Legal Research Methodology
  2. February → Oral presentation of your thesis proposal
  3. March → Final Thesis proposal, Outline and Bibliography

Third session (Summer: May to August, or Fall: September to December)

Courses

May to August → Possibility of taking certain courses over the summer session.

For more information, consult the SAO site's Current courses & registration information, notably the Summer session section.

Thesis process

Writing

LL.M. students writing a Thesis typically complete their program within two years, although the University time limitation allows them up to three years.