McGill's Unique BCL/JD Program

Two law degrees, a world of possibilities. 

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Recognized as one of the best places in the world to study law, McGill’s Faculty of Law offers a challenging, stimulating program that has become a model for modern legal education. The BCL/JD program has the following distinguishing features: 

Two degrees received at graduation, in common law and civil law, the basis of many legal systems around the world. 

An integrated approach, through transsystemic courses that teach legal traditions in a comparative way, grounded in examples from many places. 

A bilingual program, with course materials in English and French. Students are expected to have fluency in one language and at least passive bilingualism in the other. 

An increasing emphasis on Indigenous legal traditions throughout the program, including a mandatory first-year course on this area.  

Hands-on experiential learning and international opportunities complement our foundational grounding in law. 

Legal education at McGill is shaped by our roots in Montreal, a deeply pluralist, multilingual city, our openness to the world, and a longstanding commitment to public service. Our unique program instills a sensitivity to difference; it equips our graduates with confidence in the face of uncertainty, and diverse and creative tools for solving problems.  

Leading legal scholars teach our program’s core courses. And outside experts offer intensive courses in matters current to practice.  

A passport to the world: graduates are eligible to sit the bar of any Canadian province, as well as some U.S. jurisdictions (e.g. New York and Massachusetts). Our training in common law and civil law prepares our graduates for transnational and international work around the globe. 

Our graduates’ paths testify to the versatility of a McGill legal education. Top lawyers in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Sole practitioners in Rimouski and Kamloops. Arbitrators of international disputes and advocates before international courts. Chief legal officers of multinational corporations. Supreme Court judges, justice ministers, and ambassadors. Professors and journalists. Entrepreneurs and CEOs. 

Where will your McGill law degrees take you? 


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