Law (D.C.L.)

Program Description

The Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) in Law offered by the Faculty of Law is a research-intensive program that emphasizes intensive and innovative learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature review, information synthesis, and independent thinking to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

The D.C.L. program has the option to specialize in Comparative Law.

Unique Program Features

  • Depending on the research area, students can be associated with: the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy or one of the Research Chairs at the Faculty of Law;
  • Students benefit from a Mentorship Program, a Teaching fellowship Program, and an Associate Supervisory Program.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

DCL in Law website

Department Contact

Graduate Program [at] (subject: DCL%20in%20Law) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 December 1 December 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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