Law of Leadership - offered in 2019

Emma Phillips on the Law of Leadership


Whether an executive director of a not-for-profit organization, the principal 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.

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.

GPLLM students have the flexibility to tailor the program to their individual circumstances and professional pursuits. The program consists of ten courses: Students will complete 50% of their courses (5 courses) from the Law of Leadership 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 Law of Leadership concentration, the Business Law concentration, the Canadian Law concentration, and the Innovation, Law & Technology concentration.


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

  • Perspectives on Leadership and the Law (required)
  • The Law of the Workplace
  • Freedom of Speech and Cyberbullying in the Age of the Internet
  • Harassment, Discrimination and the Duty to Accommodate
  • Privacy & Freedom of Information 
  • Procedural Fairness in Decision Making
  • Executive Compensation
  • Management and Resolution of Legal Disputes


    Dispute Resolution and Negotiations 
  • Privacy and Expression in the Digital Age

Please also see Law of Leadership - Course Descriptions.