LLM - Master of Laws (Common Law) (LLMCL)

Master of Laws (Common Law)

Quick Facts

Faculty of Law
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery: 
On campus
Program components: 
Coursework only


Possible start dates: 
  Deadlines for
Start date Students with Canadian or US credentials Students with international credentials
September December 1st December 1st
May December 1st December 1st

All official supporting documents must be received by the deadline.

Program contact details

Application enquiries: 
Please mail paper documents to: 

Allard Hall - LLM Common Law Program
1822 East Mall
British Columbia, V6T 1Z1


Supervisor required prior to application?: 


In September 2011 the new Law Faculty building was completed. The latest technology connects the Faculty with campuses, courthouses and offices around the world, and a new, state-of-the-art UBC Law Library serves as a vital academic hub for students and the legal community. Natural light, contemporary classroom designs, expanded student service spaces, a student forum space at the centre of the building, and new research spaces are all part of the new facility. The Law Library has a research collection of approximately 225,000 volumes.

Funding Sources

All applicants are automatically considered for the LLM CL Tuition Award. In past years, this award has been approximately $4,000. LLM CL students are not eligible for other UBC or Law Faculty scholarships or fellowships.

General Information

UBC Law, one of Canada's leading law schools, is proud of its tradition in graduate student training and is home to one of the country's oldest and most well-established graduate programs.

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.

Tuition / Program costs

Fees Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat International
Application Fee $94.75 $153.00
Tuition *
Installments per year 3 3
Tuition per installment $9,384.69 $9,384.69
Tuition per year $28,154.07 $28,154.07
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)   Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly) $797.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly) starting at $13,043.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.


Enrolment Data: 
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Applications 108 81 46 23 16
Offers 43 27 20 15 8
New registrations 17 14 11 3 3
Total enrolment 18 15 11 3 3
Completion Rates and Times: 

Based on 23 graduations between 2010 - 2013 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 1.33 years with an average of 1.02 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.


Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 20 Aug 2013]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

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