Master of Laws (LLM)

Course-based program

Program overview

The course-based LLM program is designed for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of a particular area of law, whether for professional or academic reasons. Students take courses and complete a major research paper on a topic of their choice. The course-based LLM will also appeal to internationally-trained lawyers who seek an introduction to the Canadian legal system. The program can be completed on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Full-time students should expect to complete their programs in 12-16 months. A specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL) is available.

The Faculty of Law has a wide range of research expertise. We have long been leaders in natural resources, energy and environmental law. Other areas of particular research strength include business and tax law, private law, administrative law and regulation, criminal law, Indigenous people and law, international law, human rights law, legal history and theory, and the law pertaining to privacy, security and technology. The Faculty of Law is a home of the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice and for our  acclaimed law blog, ABlawg.

Our LLM program was included in the LLM Guide's top 10 energy law programs worldwide (2019). Our program earns this recognition for strengths in examining the relationship between society and the environment, in defining the interests we claim in the world around us, and in shaping the consequences of using those resources. The faculty has endowed chairs in natural resources law, in business law, and in business regulation. Our substantial law library complemented by the internationally-renowned Canadian Institute of Resources Law, which hosts symposia and publishes research on natural resources and energy law.

LLM students are eligible to become members of the University of Calgary’s Graduate College.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Graduate Seminar in Legal Research and Methodology and a Major Research Paper course.
  • Paper: Students must complete a major research paper.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include natural resources, energy or environmental law or a related area or discipline.


  • Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law


Private practice, in-house counsel, government, regulatory bodies and non-governmental organizations in the specialty area. This program is also an efficient springboard to doctoral programs in Law. For more information, email


Course-based program

Two core courses and five electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Five years maximum

Please note: This program includes a regularly scheduled break from May through August.


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, including program-specific fees and fees for JD courses, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Ordinarily, a JD, LLB or equivalent degree in law.

Work samples



  • A brief statement of their proposed thesis or major paper.
  • A C.V.
  • Writing Sample: Should be approximately 10-30 pages long. It must be your own original writing. It should be reasoned scholarly or professional work that serves to demonstrate to a committee of professors that you have a well-developed capacity for writing, analysis and research. It may be published or unpublished. Do not submit writing that you co-authored with someone else: application files relying on co-authored work will be treated as incomplete. Do not submit any material that is confidential or to which others might have claims of privilege, e.g. confidential or privileged memoranda prepared for clients or employers. 

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements


For Fall 2023 admission:

  • December 31, 2022 - application deadline
  • January 8, 2023 - deadline for submission of supporting documents and reference letters

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

The Faculty of Law

Law Graduate Programs
MFH 2380, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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