The online application system will open on September 15. Candidates can begin their application at that time, up until the deadline (see below). The Faculty evaluates files and makes admission decisions on a rolling basis.
McGill uses an online applications system. For detailed instructions on how to apply and upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see McGill's Future Graduate Students site on Preparing to apply.
Application deadline and required supporting documents
The application deadline for all graduate programs is December 20. Applicants must complete the application form, pay the associated fee, and upload all required supporting documents by that date. Your supporting documents must be uploaded via your uApply account: please see McGill's Future Graduate Students site on Preparing to apply.
Please refrain from sending any other documents or items, as these will not be considered in your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required supporting documents are submitted as early as possible.
McGill Graduate Law offers the September entrance only; Winter and Summer admissions are not available.
Special/Exchange/Visiting: The Faculty of Law does not accept special, exchange, or visiting students.
Research Proposal - DCL and LLM programs
Applicants to the DCL or LLM programs must submit a research proposal. The research proposal must be submitted electronically via uApply by December 20
Research Proposal - Doctor of Civil Law (DCL)
In your research proposal, we expect you to clearly set out your research question, its significance and importance, and your methodology in answering the question. Research proposals are normally around 10 pages long, double spaced.
The Graduate Programs Admissions Committee places great weight on the proposal, so we encourage you to take your time in formulating it. In addition, you should indicate specifically why McGill Law is the right place to conduct your studies.
You may propose potentially supervisors, but we ask that you not write to faculty members to secure their agreement to supervise your work. The Graduate Admissions Committee will select the appropriate supervisor.
Research Proposal – Master of Laws (LLM) - Thesis
You have to describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so.
Your description of candidacy should be of two to three pages. You should show preparedness for a major research project, familiarity with the broad field in which you plan to do intensive research and writing, capacity to make a real contribution to knowledge and understanding, and reasons for undertaking your project at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Include an indication of suitability for the particular option in which you may be interested.
Research Proposal – Master of Laws (LLM) - Non-Thesis
You should describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. In your description, set out the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so.
Your description of candidacy should be of one to two pages. You should highlight your interests in the courses and the areas of concentration offered by McGill, and reasons for which this program will complement your past legal education. Please include preliminary identification of the area in which you intend to complete a supervised research project as part of your program. Include an indication of suitability for the particular option in which you may be interested.
Personal Statement (Certificate applicants only)
You must describe your intended program of study as a graduate student in Law at McGill. Your description should illustrate the reasons for which you are interested in pursuing your chosen program and your preparation for doing so. Your description of candidacy should be of one to two paragraphs. It should describe the connections between your past education and experience, and the Certificate course-based program you wish to pursue at McGill.
Environment and Bioethics options
Please note that you must apply for admission to the home department (Law) on uApply AND apply specifically to the McGill School of Environment (MSE) for admission into the Graduate Environment Option. Instructions are available here. Please note, however, that you do not need to secure a supervisor.
Please note that you will need to include three letters of recommendation as well as a writing sample.
Master's thesis (DCL applicants only)
DCL applicants must provide a copy of their completed Master's thesis. If the thesis is still in progress, the applicant is required to submit 2-3 completed chapters. Thesis uploaded via the uApply system should not exceed 10MB. If the size of your thesis exceeds the limit, please submit part equivalent to 10MB.
Letters of recommendation
- McGill will request letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors are required.
- Referees will receive an email from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with instructions on how to submit their letter of reference.
- Be sure to indicate valid institutional or corporate e-mail addresses in your online application. Electronic letters sent from a public domain address such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Videotron, etc, will not be considered official.
- For the doctoral program, one of the letters must be from the applicant's Master's thesis supervisor.
Applicants must upload on uApply transcripts of all university-level studies attended to date, including exchange programs, credit transfers, certificates, and diplomas. If your transcript(s) does not indicate that a degree has been awarded, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) must also be uploaded.
All transcripts must be accompanied with the official grading system used by the applicant's university(s). If this document is not received, the file will not be reviewed and will remain incomplete.
- Applicants must be graduates of an accredited university and hold a Bachelor of Laws degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent (Upper Second Class).
- Applicants must submit a list of titles of courses taken in the major subject if the transcripts give code numbers only.
- Transcripts in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided either by the school issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.
- Transcripts sent to McGill become the property of the University. As such, they will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.
Test scores (if required)
It is critical that valid test scores are reported via appropriate channel. Please ensure to also consult the list of proof of English proficiency recognized by McGill University.
- Please note that the latest date by which you can take any English test is December 31. No test will be accepted beyond that date
- The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) official score report. The official score report must be sent directly to McGill University by the testing agency. Test scores are valid for two (2) years; they are accepted only if reported electronically by the testing agency. Our Institution Code is 0935.
- The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) official score report. The official score report must be sent directly to McGill University by the testing agency. Test scores are valid for two (2) years; they must be reported electronically.
- The MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), the University of Cambridge ESOL or EDEXCEL London Test of English official score report. The official score report must be mailed directly to McGill University by the administrators of each test. Test scores are valid for 2 years.
- The McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication official transcript. Applicants should not submit official transcripts of studies at McGill University. The Admissions Office will obtain these results directly from Enrolment Services. Please note that applicants must complete the entire Certificate during the winter term at the latest (i.e.: complete the entire Certificate by Winter 2020 for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle).
- The GRE is not required.
Except for the TOEFL and IELTS, official paper copy of score report must be mailed by test administrator to:
Management of Academic Records Unit
3415 McTavish Street
Room MS 13
H3A 0C8 Canada
Service Point (map)
McLennan Library Building
3415 McTavish Street
(corner Sherbrooke Street West)
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae highlighting their academic background and achievements, their work experience (including volunteer and community work), as well as extra-curricular activities and other significant interests.