Required and complementary courses

Enrollment as of 2020

Below is a list of the required and complementary law courses in the BCL/JD program for students enrolled in or after 2020. All first-year courses are offered in both English and French. Upper-year courses can be in either French or English.

1. Required courses (47 credits)

These Law Courses are absolutely required in the program. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete these courses in order to graduate.

A. Required Courses in First Year

The following 33 credits of courses may be taken only in the first year:

LAWG 100D1 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 100D2 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D1 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D2 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D1 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D2 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 103 Indigenous Legal Traditions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D1 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D2 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D1 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D2 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 116 Foundations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

B. Required Courses in Second Year:

The following 14 credits of courses may be taken only in the second year:

LAWG 210 Legal Ethics & Professionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D1 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D2 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRAC 200 Advocacy 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 124 Judicial Institutions&Civ Proc 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

2. Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Complementary courses are those courses that appear on a restricted list from which students must take a minimum number of credits. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete the minimum number of credits required in each group of complementary courses in order to graduate.

A. Civil Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of civil law courses:

BUS2 561 Insurance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 506 Advanced Civil Law Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 200 Advanced Civil Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 549 Lease, Enterprise, Suretyship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV2 270 Law of Persons 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 548 Admin Prop of Another & Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

B. Common Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of common law courses:

PRV3 200 Adv Common Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV3 534 Remedies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 451 Real Estate Transactions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 500 Restitution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 549 Equity and Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 504 Feminist Legal Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 511 Social Diversity and Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 516 International Development Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 565 Intl. Humanitarian Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 571 Intl Law of Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 573 Civil Liberties 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 503 Inter-American Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 505 Critical Engagements with HR 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 507 Critical Race Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 508D1 Indigenous Constitutionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 508D2 Indigenous Constitutionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

* Students must take both LAWG 508D1 and 508D2.

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 105 Public International Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 502 International Criminal Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 515 Can Charter of Rights&Freedoms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

D. Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

BUS1 532 Bankruptcy and Insolvency 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUS2 504 Securities Regulation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 539 International Taxation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 543 Law & Practice of Intl Trade 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 574 Government Control Of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 577 Communications Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 580 Environment & the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 523 Tax Practice Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 570 Employment Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 545 Land Use Planning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV5 483 Consumer Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 400 The Administrative Process 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 401 Judicial Rev of Admin Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 515 Tax Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

3. Elective Courses (46 credits) and Minimum Writing Requirement

Students must take 46 other elective courses offered within the Faculty or approved as credit equivalences in order to complete the 105-credit degree requirement. The list of electives varies from year to year, and can be seen on our Current Courses page.

All students are required to submit at least one research paper. This requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. writing an essay in a course in which the essay constitutes no less than 75% of the final grade;
  2. writing a term essay under independent supervision, for credit, within the Faculty of Law;
  3. writing an article, note, or comment of equivalent substance that is published or accepted for publication in the McGill Law Journal and approved by the Faculty Advisor to that publication.

Papers written jointly do not satisfy this requirement.

Enrollment as of 2019

Below is a list of the required and complementary law courses in the BCL/JD program for students enrolled in or after 2018. All first-year courses are offered in both English and French. Upper-year courses can be in either French or English.

1. Required courses

These Law Courses are absolutely required in the program. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete these courses in order to graduate.

A. Required Courses in First Year

The following 32 credits of courses may be taken only in the first year:

LAWG 100D1 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 100D2 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D1 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D2 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D1 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D2 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D1 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D2 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D1 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D2 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 116D1 Course not available
PUB3 116D2 Course not available

B. Required Courses in Second Year:

The following 14 credits of courses may be taken only in the second year:

LAWG 210 Legal Ethics & Professionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D1 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D2 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 124 Judicial Institutions&Civ Proc 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRAC 200 Advocacy 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

2. Complementary Courses

Complementary Courses are those courses that appear on a restricted list from which students must take a minimum number of credits. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete the minimum number of credits required in each group of complementary courses in order to graduate.

A. Civil Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of civil law courses:

BUS2 561 Insurance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 506 Advanced Civil Law Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 200 Advanced Civil Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 549 Lease, Enterprise, Suretyship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV2 270 Law of Persons 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 548 Admin Prop of Another & Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

B. Common Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of common law courses:

PRV3 200 Adv Common Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV3 534 Remedies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 451 Real Estate Transactions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 500 Restitution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 549 Equity and Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 504 Feminist Legal Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 508 Research Seminar 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 511 Social Diversity and Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 516 International Development Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 565 Intl. Humanitarian Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 571 Intl Law of Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 573 Civil Liberties 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 503 Inter-American Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 505 Critical Engagements with HR 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 507 Critical Race Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 508 Course not available

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 105 Public International Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 502 International Criminal Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 515 Can Charter of Rights&Freedoms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

D. Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

BUS1 532 Bankruptcy and Insolvency 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUS2 504 Securities Regulation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 539 International Taxation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 543 Law & Practice of Intl Trade 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 574 Government Control Of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 577 Communications Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 580 Environment & the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 523 Tax Practice Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 570 Employment Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 545 Land Use Planning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV5 483 Consumer Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 400 The Administrative Process 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 401 Judicial Rev of Admin Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 515 Tax Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

3. Elective Courses and Minimum Writing Requirement

Students must take 47 other elective courses offered within the Faculty or approved as credit equivalences in order to complete the 105-credit degree requirement. The list of electives varies from year to year, and can be seen on our Current Courses page.

All students are required to submit at least one research paper. This requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. writing an essay in a course in which the essay constitutes no less than 75% of the final grade;
  2. writing a term essay under independent supervision, for credit, within the Faculty of Law;
  3. writing an article, note, or comment of equivalent substance that is published or accepted for publication in the McGill Law Journal and approved by the Faculty Advisor to that publication.

Papers written jointly do not satisfy this requirement.

Enrollment as of 2018

Below is a list of the required and complementary law courses in the BCL/JD program for students enrolled in or after 2018. All first-year courses are offered in both English and French. Upper-year courses can be in either French or English.

1. Required courses

These Law Courses are absolutely required in the program. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete these courses in order to graduate.

A. Required Courses in First Year

The following 32 credits of courses may be taken only in the first year:

LAWG 100D1 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 100D2 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D1 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D2 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D1 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D2 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D1 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D2 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D1 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D2 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 116D1 Course not available
PUB3 116D2 Course not available

B. Required Courses in Second Year

The following 13 credits of courses may be taken only in the second year:

LAWG 210 Legal Ethics & Professionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D1 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D2 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 124 Judicial Institutions&Civ Proc 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Other Required Courses

The following 1 credit course may be taken in any year after completing the first year:

PRAC 200 Advocacy 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

2. Complementary Courses

Complementary courses are those courses that appear on a restricted list from which students must take a minimum number of credits. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete the minimum number of credits required in each group of complementary courses in order to graduate.

A. Civil Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of civil law courses:

BUS2 561 Insurance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 506 Advanced Civil Law Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 200 Advanced Civil Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 549 Lease, Enterprise, Suretyship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV2 270 Law of Persons 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 548 Admin Prop of Another & Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

B. Common Law Immersion Courses:

3 credits from the following list of common law courses:

PRV3 200 Adv Common Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV3 534 Remedies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 451 Real Estate Transactions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 500 Restitution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 549 Equity and Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 504 Feminist Legal Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 511 Social Diversity and Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 516 International Development Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 565 Intl. Humanitarian Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 571 Intl Law of Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 573 Civil Liberties 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 503 Inter-American Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 505 Critical Engagements with HR 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 507 Critical Race Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 105 Public International Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 502 International Criminal Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 515 Can Charter of Rights&Freedoms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

D. Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law:

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

BUS1 532 Bankruptcy and Insolvency 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUS2 504 Securities Regulation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 543 Law & Practice of Intl Trade 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 574 Government Control Of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 577 Communications Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 580 Environment & the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 570 Employment Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 545 Land Use Planning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV5 483 Consumer Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 400 The Administrative Process 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 401 Judicial Rev of Admin Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

3. Elective Courses and Minimum Writing Requirement

Students must take 47 other elective courses offered within the Faculty or approved as credit equivalences in order to complete the 105-credit degree requirement. The list of electives varies from year to year, and can be seen on our Current Courses page.

All students are required to submit at least one research paper. This requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. writing an essay in a course in which the essay constitutes no less than 75% of the final grade;
  2. writing a term essay under independent supervision, for credit, within the Faculty of Law;
  3. writing an article, note, or comment of equivalent substance that is published or accepted for publication in the McGill Law Journal and approved by the Faculty Advisor to that publication.

Papers written jointly do not satisfy this requirement.

Enrollment as of 2016

Below is a list of the required and complementary law courses in the BCL/JD program for students enrolled in or after 2016. All first-year courses are offered in both English and French. Upper-year courses can be in either French or English.

1. Required courses

These Law Courses are absolutely required in the program. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete these courses in order to graduate.

A. Required Courses in First Year

The following 32 credits of courses may be taken only in the first year:

LAWG 100D1 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 100D2 Contractual Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D1 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 101D2 Ex-Contractual Obligatns/Torts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D1 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 102D2 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D1 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 110D2 Integration Workshop 1.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D1 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 101D2 Constitutional Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 116D1 Course not available
PUB3 116D2 Course not available

B. Required Courses in Second Year

The following 13 credits of courses may be taken only in the second year:

LAWG 210 Legal Ethics & Professionalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D1 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 220D2 Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 124 Judicial Institutions&Civ Proc 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Other Required Courses:

The following 5 credits of courses may be taken in any year after completing the first year:

BUS2 365 Business Associations 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRAC 200 Advocacy 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

2. Complementary Courses

Complementary courses are those courses that appear on a restricted list from which students must take a minimum number of credits. All students enrolled in the BCL/JD program must successfully complete the minimum number of credits required in each group of complementary courses in order to graduate.

A. Civil Law Immersion Courses

3 credits from the following list of civil law courses:

BUS2 561 Insurance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 506 Advanced Civil Law Property 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 200 Advanced Civil Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PROC 549 Lease, Enterprise, Suretyship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV2 270 Law of Persons 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 548 Admin Prop of Another & Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

B. Common Law Immersion Courses

3 credits from the following list of common law courses:

PRV3 200 Adv Common Law Obligations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV3 534 Remedies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 451 Real Estate Transactions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 500 Restitution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 549 Equity and Trusts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

C. Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 504 Feminist Legal Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 511 Social Diversity and Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 516 International Development Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 565 Intl. Humanitarian Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 571 Intl Law of Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 573 Civil Liberties 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 503 Inter-American Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 505 Critical Engagements with HR 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LAWG 507 Critical Race Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 105 Public International Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 502 International Criminal Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB3 515 Can Charter of Rights&Freedoms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

D. Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law

Students must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:

BUS1 532 Bankruptcy and Insolvency 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUS2 504 Securities Regulation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 543 Law & Practice of Intl Trade 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 574 Government Control Of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 575 Discrimination and the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 577 Communications Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CMPL 580 Environment & the Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 369 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 570 Employment Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LEEL 582 Law & Poverty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV4 545 Land Use Planning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PRV5 483 Consumer Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 400 The Administrative Process 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 401 Judicial Rev of Admin Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 500 Law and Psychiatry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PUB2 551 Immigration & Refugee Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

3. Elective Courses and Minimum Writing Requirement

Students must take 43 other elective courses offered within the Faculty or approved as credit equivalences in order to complete the 105-credit degree requirement. The list of electives varies from year to year, and can be seen on our Current Courses page.

All students are required to submit at least one research paper. This requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. writing an essay in a course in which the essay constitutes no less than 75% of the final grade;
  2. writing a term essay under independent supervision, for credit, within the Faculty of Law;
  3. Writing an article, note or comment of equivalent substance that is published or accepted for publication in one of the following journals: McGill Law Journal, McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, or McGill Journal of Law and Health, and approved by the Faculty Advisor of the Journal.

Papers written jointly do not satisfy this requirement.

More information

For complete course descriptions, registration guide, timetables and other information, see the Courses section.

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