The LL.M. degree prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy making, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. It does not, however, of itself give entry to the Bar of British Columbia or any other certification for practice, and is not a substitute for an LL.B. The program attracts a large number of candidates with overseas training in common and civil law, as well as those with an LL.B. or J.D. degree from Canada and the U.S.Admission to the Ph.D. Program requires a first degree in law as well as an LL.M. or equivalent from a recognized institution indicating a superior level of academic performance in a field of specialization that will support the applicant's Ph.D. research.
The LLM at UBC Law is a research-intensive degree that prepares graduates for opportunities in law teaching, legal research, policy development, public and governmental service, and the practice of law. The program attracts domestic and international students with common and civil law training.
The focal point of the degree is a thesis. Working closely with a supervising faculty member, students in the LLM program have the opportunity to and are expected to produce a substantial piece of original legal scholarship and of publishable quality.
The Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program is a year-long, course-based professional program that provides foundational training in the common law and in Canadian law for foreign trained or non-common law trained lawyers. The program begins in May with intensive courses in Canadian public and private law over the summer (May-July) that introduce core common law concepts and the foundations of Canadian law. Students complete their degree with courses from the broad array of upper-year JD and graduate-level offerings.
The program, the first of its kind in Canada, offers students the opportunity to complete a masters' degree in Law while also working towards the course-work requirements for the practice of law in Canada. If you have a foreign legal training and are interested in practicing law in Canada, then you must consult with and apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), the body charged with determining the additional qualifications required for foreign-trained lawyers to practice in Canada. The courses in the Masters of Law (LLM) Common Law Program degree are designed to meet NCA requirements.
Courses include among others: Canadian Public Law, Canadian Private Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure, Seminar in Topics in Common Law Theory and Practice.