Canadian Law in a Global Context

Overview

The GPLLM in Canadian Law in a Global Context is directed towards students who have gained their legal education in an international or civil jurisdictions and who wish to receive an education in the Canadian Common Law tradition. Some foreign-trained lawyers and judges, including Canadians who have been trained abroad, engage in the GPLLM in order to gain a robust graduate education in the Common Law. Most enrol in the program as part of their process to become accredited to practice law in Ontario. 

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). The schedule offers a deliberate balance between rigorous academic engagement, and respect for your personal and professional commitments. The GPLLM consists of approximately 40 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.

2020-2021 Program Calendar

Curriculum

The Canadian Law concentration is is curated for the needs of internationally trained lawyers. Offered outside of regular business hours, it offers flexibility to work full-time while earning a graduate law degree, and it opens doors to the Canadian legal market. The program is designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). It is intended for lawyers who have received their law degrees outside of Canada, or have a civil law degree from a Canadian law school, who wish to become licensed to practice in Ontario, or gain a robust understanding of Canadian common law.

Students complete 10 courses over the year, including the option for eligible students to take up to 5 courses from other concentrations, with program approval.  Please see the following pages for course descriptions for the Business Law concentration, the Innovation, Law & Technology concentration, and the Law of Leadership concentration.

Students in the Canadian Law concentration can satisfy the five (5) mandatory courses required by the NCA, which are as follows:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law (required); 
  • Professional Responsibility; 
  • Canadian Criminal Law; 
  • Canadian Constitutional Law, and 
  • Administrative Law.

Students can also take the courses most frequently assessed by the NCA, which are

  • Property Law;
  • Business Organizations;
  • Torts; and
  • Contract Law.

Applied Legal Research and Writing, while not an NCA-assessed course, is also available.

Completion of the degree does not automatically entitle graduates to practice law in Canada or be admitted to the bar of a Canadian province or territory, but at the end of the program, the majority of students are eligible to commence the licensing process through their law society of choice.

Please also see Canadian Law - Course Descriptions.