Law

Master of Laws (LLM)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

We offer an LLM (general) and an LLM with a specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL).

We accept students who have demonstrated strong potential for advanced legal research and writing. Most students in our thesis-based LLM program come from common-law legal systems. You will work with a supervising faculty member to produce a substantial piece of original legal scholarship.

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 (ablawg.ca).

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 Graduate Seminar in Legal Theory.
  • Thesis: Students will complete a substantial research thesis, approximately 100 to 125 pages, prepared under the supervision of a faculty member or other suitable person appointed by the Graduate Program Director.
  • Additional Courses: Students are required to take two additional courses; Students in the NREEL specialization must take courses in the NREEL area.
  • Residence: Two terms in residence, normally consecutive from September to April.

Specializations

Outcomes

The thesis-based program is for students passionate about research and writing in a focused area of law, and who may be interested in an academic or research career, although graduates also become in-house counsel and become employed in government, regulatory bodies and non-governmental organizations.

Attaining an LLM without a Canadian LLB or JD will not qualify graduates to practice law in Canada.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

Two core courses and two electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Three years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Lyndsay Campbell

    Lyndsay Campbell

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    Gideon Christian

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    Law and technology; artificial intelligence and law; legal profession.
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    Ryan Clements

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    Finance
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    Greg Hagen

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    Lorian Hardcastle

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    Health law and policy, tort law
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    Howard Kislowicz

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    Asad Kiyani

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    Domestic and international criminal law; immigration and refugee law
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    Emily Laidlaw

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    Technology and the law
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    Sharon Mascher

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    Michael Nesbitt

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    Criminal law, national security law

Admission requirements


GPA

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

An academic degree in law.

Work samples

None

Documents

A brief statement of their proposed thesis and intended supervisor.

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None

Supervision and Funding

Admission to the (general) LLM is generally limited to applicants who (i) have identified a faculty supervisor who has agreed to supervise the applicant, and (ii) the supervisor will sufficiently fund the applicant through research grants or the applicant is able to sufficiently fund his or her program through major awards. Exceptionally, outstanding self-funded students may be considered.


English language proficiency

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

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

Canadian and permanent:

  • January 15- application deadline for students seeking funding
  • February 15- deadline for submission of supporting documents (for Jan. 15 application deadline)
  • April 30- application and supporting documents deadline for students NOT seeking funding

International:

  • January 15- application deadline
  • February 15- deadline for submission of supporting documents

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
403.210.8718

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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