Law of Leadership - offered in 2018


Whether an executive director of a not-for-profit organization, the principle of a high school, a member of the senior administrative team at a hospital, college or university, a manager in the public or private sector, or a member of a company’s c-suite, today’s leaders are surrounded by legal and regulatory issues on a daily basis. The Global Professional Master of Laws in the Law of Leadership is designed to provide leaders with a robust legal education that is responsive to the complexity of the issues they and their organizations regularly face.  The GPLLM is curated to position graduates with the legal knowledge, theories, concepts and practices they require in order to be effective leaders and innovators.  The program will enable participants to better appreciate the various areas of law and legal frameworks by which they are bound (and their legal obligations thereunder), and will enable them to identify and better manage legal issues, engage in legal reasoning, and work more effectively with legal counsel.  

This program is geared toward executives and leaders who have at least three (3) years of experience, ideally in a management position, including leaders in charities, advocacy organizations, social enterprises, foundations, institutions of higher education, the health sector, the public and private sectors, and others.  Human resource professionals and others looking to expand their business and leadership fluency are encouraged to apply.  The program will include exposure the following areas of law, among others:

  • The Law of the Workforce
  • Harassment, Discrimination and the Duty to Accommodate
  • Privacy in the Workplace
  • Executive Compensation
  • Procurement
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Dispute Resolution and Negotiations
  • Risk Management and Conflict Resolution
  • Procedural Fairness and Administrative Adjudication
  • Harassment Investigations
  • Freedom of Speech, Harassment and Cyberbullying in the Age of the Internet

Program Length and Structure

The GPLLM is a full-time executive program that is one-year in length and offered in the evenings and on weekends in order to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. The program consists of three terms (September to December, January to April, and May to August), each of which starts with a short intensive module at the law school. The schedule offers a deliberate balance between rigorous academic engagement, and respect for your personal and professional commitments.


The GPLLM curriculum is carefully curated in order to provide you with exposure to the legal issues and problems that are most timely and relevant.  Students will have the opportunity to work on real-world driven problems, in teams as well as individually.  The skills and knowledge you acquire in the program will immediately inform how you approach the problems and challenges you face with an entirely new – and transformative – skill set.

The program consists of ten courses. Students must complete five core courses as well as five electives, several of which may be chosen from a concentration other than that in which you are registered. On top of this, the program provides numerous opportunities for participants to engage with faculty, guest speakers and industry experts.

The first GPLLM cohort in the Law of Leadership will begin their studies in September 2018.