LLM in General Law (Thesis or Non-Thesis)

The LLM program, whether Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the McGill Law community by giving them maximum latitude in designing their program of study.

Most students enrol in the LLM Non-Thesis program. It is geared toward students who wish to explore advanced courses in law and/or who wish to better learn about North American legal culture. The program requires coursework as well as a research project.

The LLM Thesis program is geared toward students who wish to continue their legal education primarily through research. In addition to some courses, students focus on the production of a thesis evaluated by an examiner, but without the requirement of a thesis defence.

LLM Thesis and Non-Thesis requirements

  Master of Laws with Thesis Master of Laws Non-Thesis
Credits 45 credits
(30 research credits + 15 course credits)
45 credits
(15 research credits + 30 course credits)
Required courses

9 credits:
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
LAWG 601 - Communication 1
LAWG 602 - Communication 2

9 credits:
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
LAWG 601 - Communication 1
LAWG 602 - Communication 2

Research Thesis
30 credits:
CMPL 612 - Master's Thesis 1
CMPL 613 - Master's Thesis 2
CMPL 614 - Master's Thesis 3
CMPL 615 - Master's Thesis 4
CMPL 616 - Master's Thesis 5
CMPL 617 - Master's Thesis 6
 
Research project
15 credits:
CMPL 655 - Research Project 1
Complementary credits Elective courses (6 credits)
 

Elective courses (21 credits)