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Concurrent Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Juris Doctor (JD)

What's special about a McGill B.C.L/LL.B?

McGill University is situated in Montreal, Québec: a bilingual city in a bilingual and bijural province. The private law of Quebec, which is drawn from the civil law tradition, interacts with a system of public law that traces its origins to the English common law tradition. Because of this, McGill’s Faculty of Law has naturally been teaching law in a comparative, bijural way for the past four decades. In a world of borderless human interaction, however, a localized legal education is insufficient. McGill's unique transsystemic model of legal education ensures that students graduate with a cosmopolitan understanding of the law, one that is not confined to specific jurisdictions, or even legal traditions.

In 1999, McGill University's Faculty of Law implemented the transsystemic approach to legal education. The McGill Program enables students, who graduate with both civil law and common law degrees, to study the world’s great legal traditions in an integrated fashion. McGill’s transsystemic approach is bilingual and dialogic. It recognizes legal pluralism as a pervasive phenomenon in the modern world.

Am I eligible to apply to the Faculty of Law?

Candidates must have a minimum of two years (60 credits) of university studies, or a diploma of collegial studies (DCS) from a Quebec College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP), at the time of registration. Students with a French Baccalaureate from Quebec (Collèges international Marie de France or Stanislas) are also eligible to apply.

While candidates who have completed 60 credits of university study are eligible to apply to the Faculty of Law, due to the high competition for admission, almost all students admitted in the “university” category have completed an undergraduate degree.

Applicants are not eligible to apply directly from a French Baccalaureate program completed outside of Quebec or from high school. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirement mentioned above.

How is the B.C.L/JD structured?

Students in the McGill program must complete 105 credits. Most students take three-and-a-half or four years to complete the program. It is possible, however, to complete the program in three years by taking additional credits over the summer and by carrying heavier course loads in second and third years.

For a detailed program outline, see the B.C.L. / JD program page on the Law Student Affairs Office website.

Enhance your B.C.L./JD Degree!

Students may enrich their program with one of our minor, major or honours programs, or take one of our joint degree programs in management or social work.

Students can also go on exchange through our Student Exchange Program, take non-course credits and outside credits, or put their learning in practice through our various internship programs.

Thinking of applying to Law?

Admission to the B.C.L/JD is managed by the Faculty of Law’s Admissions Office. Please consult their website for detailed information regarding the admission process and requirements.