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What is the difference between research stream LLM and the LLMs offered at Osgoode Professional Development (OPD)?

What are the eligibility requirements for admission to the research stream LLM and PhD program?

How many applications do you receive and accept each year?

I don’t have a law degree. Am I still eligible to apply for your graduate programs?

How much is the tuition for the LLM and the PhD program?

Is there any funding available for the graduate program in law?

Can I do my LLM or PhD part-time?

When is the deadline to apply?

Do I need to find a potential supervisor before I apply?

Can I send my official transcripts on behalf of my educational institution(s)?

What is a conditional offer of admission?

Will my recommendation letters be deemed official if I send them on behalf of my references?

I am internationally trained lawyer and I would like to practice law in Canada, is the research stream LLM right for me?

I am an international applicant, is there a language proficiency requirement?

Are there any scholarships or financial supports for international students?

If I want to reapply, can I use my supporting documents from last year?

Am I eligible to apply even before I finish my JD or LLB?

When and how will I receive the decision on my application?

Can I receive an explanation if my application was unsuccessful?

 

What is the difference between research stream LLM and the LLMs offered at Osgoode Professional Development (OPD)?

The research stream LLM is ideal for people who want to pursue a career in academia or for advanced specialization in specific fields of law. The research stream LLM program is very research intensive and is based on a conventional supervisory model, which allows you to do your LLM under the supervision of a faculty member with the relevant expertise and whose profile would match your areas of interest.

For LLMs offered by Osgoode Professional Development, please visit their website.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission to the research stream LLM and PhD program?

LLM Program: To be eligible for admission, the candidates normally must possess an academic degree in law with at least the equivalent of a B average. Candidates must also possess the ability to work with legal materials in the English language.

PhD Program: To be eligible for admission to the PhD Program, candidates normally must possess a graduate academic degree in law (LLM) with a minimum of a B average.  Candidates must also possess the ability to work with legal materials in the English language.

Details on language requirements for admission can be found on the admissions webpage.

How many applications do you receive and accept each year?

We receive a much larger volume of applications than we can accept into the program. We admit up to 15 LLM candidates and up to 10 PhD candidates, with funding, each academic year. Please note that we have a very limited number of funded spaces for international applicants.

I don’t have a law degree. Am I still eligible to apply for your graduate programs?

Direct entry to LLM without an LLB/JD:  A limited number of places in the LLM program are available to candidates with outstanding academic records, but without an academic degree (LLB/JD) in law. Such students normally have completed a graduate degree in another discipline related to law.   Students entering the LLM program in Law who do not have an LLB or JD must attend the non-credit course entitled Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies. They may also be required to take additional courses, at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director on the advice of the student’s supervisor.

PhD: As a rule, an LLM is a precondition to admission to the PhD.

How much is the tuition for the LLM and the PhD program?

Graduate tuition at York University is competitively low, as part of our commitment to access to education.  Tuition at York University is paid per term, and there are three terms per year.  You can see both domestic and international tuition rates, applicable to Osgoode’s Research Stream programs, at the Office of Student Financial Services webpage.

Every graduate student must maintain continuous registration (i.e. register and pay fees for fall, winter and summer terms) until the dissertation, thesis or major research paper submitted has been accepted for the award of the degree.

Is there any funding available for student in the Research LLM or PhD?

Osgoode Hall Law School offers significant funding assistance for tuition and living expenses for almost all of our full-time graduate students.

Funding to help meet the financial needs of graduate students is comprised of one or more of the following internal and external funding sources: fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, scholarships and awards, and research assistantships.

Full-time master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $10,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship. Full-time PhD students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $22,500 in their first year.

Funding availability for international graduate students is limited, but takes account of the higher tuition rates paid by international students (see the Office of Student Financial Services webpage). Full-time international master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $19,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship. Full-time international PhD students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $33,500 in their first year.

All graduate student funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance, and fulfiLLMent of any funding-related employment obligations.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Funding and Awards for more information, including internal and external scholarship opportunities.  Many of our students receive significant fellowships and scholarships to assist with the cost of their education.

Can I do my LLM or PhD part-time?

The Research LLM and PhD programs are full-time programs and do not admit part-time students.  Students in the later years of their PhD program may request a move to part-time status.

The Osgoode Professional Development program does have some part-time programs. Individuals who are interested in the part-time professional LLM programs should consult the website of the Osgoode Professional Development Program or contact the program at 416-673-4670 or email OPD Admissions.

When is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year is January 10, 2018.

Do I need to find a potential supervisor before I apply?

No. However we do ask you to review the full-time Faculty profiles  to see if the research and scholarship of any Osgoode faculty members aligns with your research interests.  We ask each applicant to identify three potential supervisors in the Supplementary Information Form component of the admissions application.

All students are assigned an individual supervisor before beginning the program, a process which takes into account the research interests of faculty and student, and the existing supervision, teaching and service load of the Faculty member.  Applications are only accepted if, among other things, a faculty member who considered the file has expressed interest in acting as supervisor. The fit between an applicant’s planned thesis or dissertation topic and the expertise of available supervisors is a very important aspect of the admissions process.

Can I send my official transcripts on behalf of my educational institution(s)?

No. But as part of the admissions process you can upload unofficial transcripts into your admissions application. If and when you are accepted into the program, you will be required to submit official transcripts (directly from the educational institution).

What is a conditional offer of admission? 

Students admitted with a conditional admission offer must meet the condition within the approved time-line to get their admission condition waived or they will be blocked from registering.

During the admissions application process, applicants can upload unofficial transcripts to their application. Once an applicant is admitted to the graduate program, they are required to submit their official transcripts.

Will my recommendation letters be deemed official if I send them on behalf of my references? 

No. Applicants must provide contact information for their referees via MyFile, the online admissions portal. York University will then send a request for a reference directly to your referee.

I am internationally trained lawyer and I would like to practice law in Canada, is the research stream LLM right for me? 

No. The degrees offered by the Graduate Program in Law do not qualify students to practice law in Canada. Students interested in practicing law in Canada should review the licensing rules of the Law Society of the province in which they intend to practice. The Osgoode Professional Development program has some LLM programs designed specifically for internationally trained lawyers wanting to practice in Canada. Please check their website for further information.

I am an international applicant, is there a language proficiency requirement?

Proof of English language proficiency is mandatory for applicants whose first language is not English; who do not live in an English-speaking jurisdiction or do not have a degree from an institution that provides instruction in English. Please check the Admissions website for the most up to date information on language requirements.

Are there any scholarships or financial supports for international students?

There is more information  on funding for international students at the Osgoode graduate admissions website, as well as at the Faculty of Graduate Studies website (click on International Student Award Opportunities).

International students in Osgoode’s Graduate Program in Law have access to various forms of financial support for their studies. This funding can be internal to York or external and may include scholarships (such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarships), fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and course directorships.

Although the Graduate Program in Law has a range of funding courses. Accordingly, applicants are strongly urged to explore other possibilities, particularly the Commonwealth Scholarships offered by your own government to promote study abroad.

If I want to reapply, can I use my supporting documents from last year?

Please email the Graduate Program in Law for more information.

Am I eligible to apply even before I finish my JD or LLB?

Yes, you may apply if you are currently completing your JD or LLB. You must upload your unofficial transcript showing your course enrolment and grades to date when you apply. If admitted, you must send the official transcript indicating that your degree has been conferred as soon as it is available.

When and how will I receive the decision on my application?

Check the status of your application on your MyFile account, where you uploaded your admissions documents.

File review and decision-making will begin as soon as files are complete. All supporting documentation (e.g transcripts, references etc) should be uploaded as early as possible, and before the January 10, 2018 deadline. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and applicants should receive notification in the early spring.

Can I receive an explanation if my application was unsuccessful?

You may email the Graduate Program in Law  for more information on your application. There are a number of reasons why an application may be unsuccessful. We can also give you a general idea of why your application was unsuccessful and provide some feedback on how you can improve your application should you chose to apply in future. Decisions on admissions are not appealable.