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Top universities for pursuing LLM from Canada

December 18, 2021
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This article has been published by Diganth Raj Sehgal.

Do you want to boost your employability? Do you want to have a handsome salary? Interested in specializing in a particular area of law? If your answer to all these questions is Yes then you are in the right place. One of the perfect ways to achieve all these things is to pursue LLM. 

Imagine a situation where you saved up 1 Lakh rupees to invest. What is the first question that comes to your head? Do you invest it in cryptocurrency, share market, or mutual funds? Now, before deciding where to invest you need to research where to put your money to get the best returns. The best place to invest would be where you know that there will be guaranteed long-term benefits of your investment. 

Likewise pursuing a Masters’s degree in law is an investment in yourself and your future. Before choosing a particular college, you need to gather all the information and analyze it, eventually picking the best option which will make you a person that possesses a plethora of skills. 

Wondering where to pursue your LLM from? Confused between various countries with the best colleges? I have a suggestion in mind for you. Why not pick Canada? 

Let me tell you an interesting fact. Canada is one of the countries where 3 in 4 Indian students have been approved for a study permit. Did you know that just this year, 67,000 Indian students were approved to study in Canada? There are multiple surveys showing that Canada has the best policies for international students and post-study work opportunities. This makes it one of the best countries to pursue your Masters’ degree from! 

If I have your attention, then I urge you to continue reading this article till the end and find out all you need to know about top universities in Canada from where you can pursue your LLM. 

  1. University of Alberta 
  1. You must have a UG degree in LLB.
  2. You must have a score of a minimum 7.0 in IELTs with atleast 6 bands.
  3. You must complete the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. This is a course provided by the Faculty of law. The duration for the same is 3 hours.
  4. You must complete the Graduate Ethics Training (GET) course. 

At this University you can either opt for Course-based LLM or Thesis-based LLM. For the latter, not only will you have to present your thesis but also produce three major research papers. 

It takes a minimum of 12 months to complete this course. The cost of doing Course-based LLM is INR 5.7 Lakhs while the cost of doing thesis-based LLM is INR 5.3 Lakhs. 

  1. University of Ottawa 
  1. You must have a UG degree in LLB.
  2. You must have passed that degree with a score of 70% or an equivalent which will be calculated as per the guidelines of the University of Ottawa. 
  1. LLM in Global Sustainability and Environmental Law
  2. LLM in Health Law, Policy and Ethics
  3. LLM Concentration in International Humanitarian and Security Law
  4. LLM Concentration in Law and Social Justice
  5. LLM Concentration in Law and Technology
  6. LLM Concentration in Legislative Studies

The duration of this course is between 16-24 months. There are 4 semesters in every course. The cost of pursuing LLM from this University is INR 5.7 Lakhs. 

  1. York University 
  1. An honors degree (minimum 4 years of study)
  2. GPA equivalent to Grade ‘B’.
  3. IELTS (Minimum score of 7.0) or TOFEL.
  1. LLM in Canadian Common Law
  2. LLM in International Business Law
  3. LLM in Tax Law
  4. Research LLM – Master of Law (the Research LLM is a full-time research-intensive degree, ideal for students who want to delve deeply into specific areas of study and for those who are considering advancing to the PhD.)

Research LLM takes a minimum of 12 months for completion whereas the other three courses require completion of 36-credit hours on the basis of which their duration is calculated. The cost for pursuing Research LLM is INR 12 Lakhs whereas the other three courses cost INR 26 Lakhs

  1. University of Saskatchewan 
  1. An undergraduate degree in LLB.
  2. A good score in the final two years of UG degree. 
  3. IELTS (minimum score 6.5 with no less than 6 bands)

The LLM programme is Thesis-based.

The duration of this course is 12-16 months with a cost of INR 4.5 Lakhs per year. Scholarships and travel grants are available to deserving students. 

  1. Queen’s University 
  1. An undergraduate degree in LLB.
  2. A score equivalent to B+ average. 
  3. IELTS (minimum score 7.0)
  1. LLM in Political and Legal thought 
  2. LLM

The duration for both the courses is 12 months and the fee for pursuing the same is INR 8 Lakhs

  1. University of Victoria 
  1. An undergraduate degree in law wherein you have scored an equivalent of B+ score or 6.0 GPA.
  2. IELTS (minimum score 7.0 with 7 bands)

This University offers thesis-based LLM. 

The minimum duration for the completion of this course is 12 months, however, you can take as long as 5 years to complete the course. The cost of pursuing this course is INR 3 Lakhs per 2 semesters

  1. University of Windsor 
  1. An LLB degree is preferable, however, the University makes an exception in some cases if you have impeccable grades and skills to pursue and complete LLM.
  2. IELTS (minimum score 7.0)

The University offers a full-time LLM course that includes legal theory, a graduate seminar and teaching of research methods. There are two types of LLMs offered: 

  1. One year regular LLM 
  2. Two year LLM with Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

The duration of the courses is 12 and 24 months respectively. Per year, the cost of the course is INR 14 lakhs

  1. University of Toronto
  1. An undergraduate degree in law (or its equivalent).
  2. In the final year of UG degree, a score equivalent to B+ average.
  3. IELTS (minimum score 7.5 with 7 bands)  

The LLM program can be undertaken with a strong emphasis on a thesis (long or short, in combination with some coursework), or coursework-only (with a course-based writing requirement).

The thesis-intensive format allows students to elect to write a thesis of between 4 and 16 credits, written in combination with some coursework. The top courses offered are: 

  1. LLM in Business Law
  2. LLM in Criminal Law
  3. LLM in Legal Theory
  4. LLM in Health Law, Ethics and Policy 

The duration of the course is 12 months and the cost for pursuing the same is INR 26 Lakhs.

  1. University of British Columbia 
  1. The academic equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia. 
  2. IELTS (minimum score 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in writing and reading)
  1. LLM in Common law (LLMCL)
  2. LLM in Taxation law

The duration for completion of the course is 12 months and the fees is INR 5.5 Lakhs. 

  1. McGill University  
  1. LLB degree. (or equivalent) 
  2. CGPA 3.0/4.0. (or equivalent) 
  3. IELTS (minimum score 6.5)

The University offers both Course-based and Thesis-based LLM programmes. 

  1. LLM in Air and Space Law
  2. LLM in Bioethics 
  3. LLM in Environmental Law

The University expects students pursuing Course-based LLM to complete their degree in 3 academic terms, i.e., 12 months whereas Thesis-based LLM students are expected to complete their course within 16-24 months. The cost of pursuing Course-based LLM is INR 15 Lakhs whereas the cost of pursuing Thesis-based LLM is INR 10 Lakhs. 

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