Supervision and Graduation

McGill’s Supervision site offers information to guide supervisors, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

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. Factors taken into account include potential funding, mentoring capacity, and potential for high quality attention and support.

LL.M. (Thesis) candidates

LL.M. (Thesis) candidates are assigned a Faculty supervisor during their first semester at the Faculty of Law by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Law. Supervisors are chosen based on the student’s background and interests and on the professor’s mentoring and guidance capacities with respect to the particular student. Students are provided with an opportunity to submit an abstract and names of professors who might serve as potential supervisors 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, and GPS staff are all available to offer 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.