Law (LL.M.)

Program Description

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Law (Thesis) offered by the Faculty of Law is a research-intensive program that emphasizes focused and contemporary learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in original thinking, critical reading, and legal writing to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

In addition to the general option, students may also choose to specialize:

Air and Space Law option: students typically focus their research on a specialized research areas such as legal studies in aviation, air and space law, government regulations, conventions and treaties dealing with these areas

Bioethics option: offers students an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes both the conceptual and practical aspects of bioethics.

Comparative Law option: students may pursue research in areas such as civil, commercial, or human rights law. Note: Availability of this program is subject to relevant courses being offered in a given year.

Environment option: provides students with an appreciation of the role of science in informing decision-making in the environment sector and the influence that political, socioeconomic, and ethical judgments can have.

Keywords: civil, commercial, human rights law, aviation, air and space law, government regulations, ethics, bioethics, health policy, human subjects, biomedical ethics, health inequalities.

Unique Program Features

  • The program is geared toward students who wish to continue their legal education primarily through research;
  • Students focus on the production of a thesis evaluated by an examiner, but without the requirement of a thesis defense;
  • McGill’s Faculty of Law is one of the highest-ranking in the world, known around the globe as being a nexus of innovative legal scholarship;
  • Faculty members are experts in both the civil and common law traditions, with many emphasizing a comparative or trans-systemic approach, in addition to Indigenous perspectives

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

LLM in Law website

Department Contact

Graduate Program [at] (subject: LLM%20in%20Law%20(Thesis)) (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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