Business Law


The GPLLM in Business Law is intended to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the impact of globalization on the law and sophisticated legal institutions to business leaders, lawyers and policymakers. Through comparative examples, case studies and real business deals, non-lawyers will gain a solid understanding of the constructs of Canadian business law and add immediate value to their career. The GPLLM will help business leaders excel in the practice of business and law within the context of today's important global influences and forces.

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 mid-July), each of which starts with a short residential 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 consists of 10 courses: students are required to take five courses from within their concentration, including one required course, and can take five courses from any of the four concentrations offered.

2019-2020 Program Calendar


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. Starting in 2018-19, GPLLM students will have increased flexibility to tailor the program to their individual circumstances and professional pursuits. Under the new program rules, students will complete 50% of their courses (5 courses) from the Business Law concentration, including one required course, and will have the flexibility to take the rest of their courses from any concentration with program approval. Please see the following pages for course descriptions for the Business Law concentration, the Canadian Law concentration, the Innovation, Law & Technology concentration, and the Law of Leadership concentration.

Business Law Courses

*Please note that not all courses will necessarily be available every year.

  • Law & Business in a Global Environment (required)
  • Canadian & Cross-Border Issues in Corporate Tax
  • Applied Contract Law
  • Intellectual Property and Strategy
  • Anti-Corruption Law: International, Domestic, and Practical Perspectives
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Securities Regulation and Corporate Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Economic and Social Regulation and Competition Law
  • Law & Policy of Public Private Partnerships
  • International Insolvency Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, and the Law
  • Banking Law
  • Law and Regulation of Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Competition Law

Please also see Business Law - Course Descriptions.