Students registered within the LLM program must complete graduate-level courses, a thesis, as well as ethics and professional development training to complete degree requirements.


Graduate-level Courses

Students enrolled in the LLM program must successfully complete graduate-level courses (9 credits) including LAW 696: Graduate Seminar (3 credits) and two additional graduate-level courses (6 credits)

Course selected is determined in consultation with the student's academic supervisor and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. Students may enrol in graduate-level courses offered by other academic departments at the University of Alberta with the written approval of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, after consideration of the student's experience, needs and course availability.

LLM Thesis

Students are required to produce approximately 80-100 pages or 20,000-25,000 words, inclusive of footnotes or endnotes. The thesis topic must be approved by the student's academic supervisor and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.

Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement

Starting in September 2021, new LLM students are required to complete the FGSR Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement for master's students. It is a six-hour, zero-credit, online course: INT D 710: Ethics and Academic Citizenship.

The course registration is in Beartracks. Once registered, students are added to eClass where they will complete the course material in a self-paced format. The course must be completed during the first semester of the student's program. Successful completion of the course will appear on the student's official transcript record. For further information on the mandatory Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement see here.

Professional Development Training

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires graduate students to submit an individualized professional development plan within 12 months of commencing the LLM degree program. The plan is a career and skills assessment exercise, which enables graduate students to consider their future career goals and map participation in professional development activities. Templates for an individual development plan are available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

The period required to complete the LLM degree can vary. Some students may wish to complete the program in one academic year, while others may wish to extend the length of their study. LLM students must complete the program requirements within four years.