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LL.M. programs within the Faculty of Law (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Students doing a Master's program within the Faculty of Law can choose between:

N.B: You can select courses only from the 500 or 600 level.


LL.M. with Thesis or Non-Thesis (45 credits)

The LL.M. program, whether with Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity to immerse yourself in the McGill Law community by giving you maximum latitude in designing your study program. (For an explanation of the "Thesis" and "Non-Thesis" programs, see Differences between the LL.M. Thesis and Non-Thesis options)

LL.M. Thesis and Non-Thesis requirements

Master of Laws with Thesis Master of Laws Non-Thesis
Credits 45 credits
(30 research credits + 15 course credits)
45 credits
(15 research credits + 30 course credits)
Required courses 8 credits:
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
8 credits:
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
Research Thesis
30 credits:
CMPL 612 - Master's Thesis 1
(Preparation of thesis proposal)
CMPL 613 - Master's Thesis 2
(Preparation of literature review)
CMPL 614 - Master's Thesis 3
(Thesis seminar)
CMPL 615 - Master's Thesis 4
(Thesis research report)
CMPL 616 - Master's Thesis 5
(Completion of thesis)
CMPL 617 - Master's Thesis 6
(Thesis research report)
Research project
15 credits:
CMPL 655 - Research Project 1
Complementary credits* Elective courses (7 credits)

OR

Elective courses (from 4 to 6 credits)
CMPL 618 - Master's Thesis 7
CMPL 619 - Master's Thesis 8
Elective courses (22 credits)

OR

Elective courses (from 19 to 21 credits)
CMPL 656 - Research Project 2
(Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic)
CMPL 657 - Research Project 3
(Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic)

 

* If approved by the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), students may reduce their elective course work by up to 3 credits by completing one or both of: CMPL 656 - Research Project 2 , CMPL 657 - Research Project 3 .

Course selection and concentration

To find out which courses are offered to LL.M. students at McGill, see the SAO site's Current courses & registration information page.

To facilitate your course selection, we encourage you to consult our suggestions of courses related to the four concentrations identified for graduate students in Law at McGill:

  • Legal Traditions and Legal Theory
  • International Business Law
  • Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
  • Regulation, Technology and Society

To read more about these course concentrations, consult Selection of Course Concentrations on the eCalendar.

N.B: These concentrations do not give your LL.M. Thesis or Non-Thesis a formal specialization, but instead reflect the particular strengths and character of our graduate-level course offerings.


Specialized LL.M. in Environment (45 credits)

Description of the program and requirements

The Faculty of Law, in conjunction with the School of Environment and other units at McGill, offers a multi-disciplinary environment option at the LL.M. level.

The Environmental Studies Option provides students with an appreciation of the role of science in informing decision-making in the environment sector, and the influence that political, socio-economic and ethical judgments have.

This option also provides a forum whereby graduate students bring their disciplinary perspectives together and enrich each other’s learning through structured courses, formal seminars and informal discussions and networking.

For further information regarding this program and its admission application procedure, please refer to McGill School of Environment's (MSE) Graduate Option in Environment page.

*Please note: The applicant needs to apply for admission to the home department (Law) AND apply specifically to the McGill School of Environment (MSE) for admission into the MSE Graduate Environment Option. In other words, the student needs to be accepted BOTH into the home department and into the Option.

Specialized LL.M. in Environment, Thesis and Non-Thesis requirements

Master of Laws in Environment with Thesis Master of Laws in Environment Non-Thesis
Credits 45 credits
(29 research credits + 16 courses credits)
45 credits
(17 research credits + 28 courses credits)
Required courses 10 credits:
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
ENVR 610 - Foundations of Environ Policy
ENVR 650 - Environmental Seminar 1
ENVR 651 - Environmental Seminar 2
ENVR 652 - Environmental Seminar 3
10 credits:
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
ENVR 610 - Foundations of Environ Policy
ENVR 650 - Environmental Seminar 1
ENVR 651 - Environmental Seminar 2
ENVR 652 - Environmental Seminar 3
Research Thesis
29 credits:
CMPL 612 - Master's Thesis 1
(Preparation of thesis proposal)
CMPL 613 - Master's Thesis 2
(Preparation of literature review)
CMPL 614 - Master's Thesis 3
(Thesis seminar)
CMPL 615 - Master's Thesis 4
(Thesis research report)
CMPL 616 - Master's Thesis 5
(Completion of thesis)
CMPL 618 - Master's Thesis 7
(Thesis research report)
Research project
17 credits:
CMPL 655 - Research Project 1
CMPL 656 - Research Project 2
(Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic)
Complementary credits* 3 credits chosen from:
CMPL 546 - Intl Envt'l Law & Politics
CMPL 580 - Environment & the Law

3 credits chosen from:
ENVR 519 - Global Environmental Politics
ENVR 544 - Env. Measurement & Modelling
ENVR 580
ENVR 611
ENVR 620 - Environ and Health of Species
ENVR 622 - Sustainable Landscapes
ENVR 630 - Civilization and Environment
ENVR 680 - Topics in Environment 4
15 credits chosen from:
CMPL 500 - Aboriginal Peoples and the Law
CMPL 546 - Intl Envt'l Law & Politics
CMPL 580 - Environment & the Law
and/or other Faculty of Law offerings.

3 credits chosen from:
ENVR 519 - Global Environmental Politics
ENVR 544 - Env. Measurement & Modelling
ENVR 580
ENVR 611
ENVR 620 - Environ and Health of Species
ENVR 622 - Sustainable Landscapes
ENVR 630 - Civilization and Environment
ENVR 680 - Topics in Environment 4

 

* Or other courses at the 500-level or higher recommended by the advisory committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee.


Specialized LL.M. in European Studies with Thesis (46 credits)

This program is currently under revision.



LL.M. in Bioethics with Thesis (45 credits)

Description of the program and requirements

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes both the conceptual and practical aspects of Bioethics with students applying through the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Religious Studies and the Department of Philosophy. Students entering through Law are bound by the requirements of the Faculty of Law's LL.M. Thesis program.

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics ordinarily takes at least two years to complete, although some students have completed it in 18 months. The first year is devoted to course work (including a clinical practicum), and the second year is devoted to a Master's thesis on a topic in bioethics that also satisfies the requirements of the base discipline. Students graduate with a Master's degree from the Faculty of their base discipline (M.A., M.Sc. or LL.M.) with a specialization in bioethics.

For further information regarding this program, please refer to McGill's Bioethics unit at www.mcgill.ca/biomedicalethicsunit.

LL.M. in Bioethics with Thesis requirements

Master of Laws with Thesis
Credits 45 credits
Required courses 10 credits:
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law

Bioethics Core Courses:
BIOE 680 - Bioethical Theory
BIOE 681 - Bioethics Practicum
Research Thesis
24 credits:
BIOE 690 - M.Sc. Thesis Literature Survey
BIOE 691 - M.Sc. Thesis Research Proposal
BIOE 692 - M.Sc.Thesis Res Progress Rep
BIOE 693 - M.Sc. Thesis
Complementary credits* Elective courses (11 credits) with a minimum of 3 credits in Bioethics courses, with remaining credits to be chosen from the Faculty of Law and Bioethics offerings at the 500 or 600 level.

One of the following:
BIOE 682 - Medical Basis of Bioethics
CMPL 642 - Law and Health Care
PHIL 543
RELG 571 - Ethics, Medicine and Religion