Graduate Programs

Course Based

Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the course-based LLM program must successfully complete twenty-four course credits normally consisting of:

  • LAW 696 (Graduate Seminar),

  • LAW 690 (Research paper of approximately 40 to 60 pages [10,000 to 15,000 words] in length, inclusive of footnotes or endnotes, the topic of which must be approved by the instructor and the Associate Dean,Graduate Studies, and

  • 18 credits in other courses to be determined in consultation between the student and his/her academic advisor and with the approval of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.

Students may take graduate courses in other faculties with the written approval of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, after consideration of the student’s experience and needs and the availability of courses. Course-based LLM students will have an academic advisor assigned to them to assist them with their course selection and other academic matters. The academic advisor may also supervise the student's LAW 690 course. For further information see Graduate Courses. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research also requires graduate students to complete eight hours of ethics training. For further information see Ethics Training.

Program Length

The time taken to complete the course-based LLM will vary based on a variety of factors. Some students may wish to complete the program in one academic year while others may wish to continue working and extend their program length. Course-based LLM students must complete the program requirements within a maximum of six years.

Funding Opportunities

For Faculty of Law, University of Alberta and Canadian external funding opportunities follow the link for Graduate Scholarships. Part-time students are not eligible for Faculty of Law/University of Alberta scholarships and awards.