Our undergraduate law program integrates the Civil Law and the Common Law. Consequently, students in the undergraduate program obtain a double degree of civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B.).
Students may enrich their program with one of our minor, major or honours programs, or take one of our joint degree programs in management or social work.
Students can also go on exchange through our Student Exchange Program, take non-course credits and outside credits, or put their learning in practice through our clinical legal education opportunities.
Accreditation & B.C.L./LL.B. Program Changes
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has implemented a process for accreditation of Canadian common law degrees. Students who began their degrees in September 2012 or later will need to show that their common law degrees meet the Federation’s accreditation requirements if they wish to join a law society in a common law province.
In order to meet the accreditation requirements, the Faculty of Law has made the following changes to its B.C.L./LL.B. program, effective September 2012 for the incoming first year class. The new program requires the following:
(1) Business Associations is a mandatory course.
(2) Students must take one course from a basket of courses on administrative law.
(3) Since Business Associations is mandatory, students will only have to obtain 3 credits toward their civil law basket and 3 credits toward their common law basket requirements (previously, 4.5 credits were required in each basket).
For a full description of your program requirements, check our Program Requirements form.
IMPORTANT: The new program requirements only apply to B.C.L./LL.B. students who started the program in September 2012 or later.
If you started the B.C.L./LL.B. program in September 2011 or earlier, the old program requirements continue to apply to you (Program Requirements form).
Do you still have questions? Contact the Faculty’s sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Office). Visit http://www.mcgill.ca/law-studies/ for information on drop-in hours and advising appointments.
For employers: about our undergraduate program
As the McGill B.C.L./LL.B. Program is unique in North America, many employers request information about its structure.
Please consult our page on the Career Development Office website for more information about the competencies developed in the program and a letter from the Dean detailing the program (www.mcgill.ca/cdo/employers/bcl/).