Canadian Law in a Global Context


The GPLLM in Canadian Law in a Global Context is intended to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the impact of globalization on the law and sophisticated legal institutions to: (1) foreign trained lawyers and judges, including lawyers who have obtained their legal degrees abroad, foreign trained Canadians, and professionals trained in the civil law system who want to become accredited to practice law in Ontario; and (2) professionals who do not wish to become licensed to practice law, but who want to obtain a professional graduate level legal education in the Canadian Common Law tradition.

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 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 Canadian 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 Canadian Law concentration, the Business Law concentration, the Innovation, Law & Technology concentration, and the Law of Leadership concentration.

Canadian Law Courses 

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

  • Foundations of Canadian Law (required)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Property Law
  • Tort Law
  • Contract Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Applied Legal Research and Writing (open only to students in this concentration)

Please also see Canadian Law - Course Descriptions.