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The Research LLM and PhD degrees offer unparalleled value to the select group of students we admit. In comparing the cost of attending Osgoode Hall Law School’s Graduate Program in Law to other graduate programs, students should consider both low tuition fees and York University’s Funding Package.

The program also has a significant number of entrance and continuing scholarship funds and conference funding available to support our graduate students during their studies.


York offers one of the lowest competitive tuition for domestic graduate students in deregulated programs. At the graduate level, all students are required to maintain continuous registration in three terms (fall, winter and summer) while in the program.

2017 -2018 Tuition Fees

Per Term Fee Total Terms
Per Academic Year
Total Yearly Tuition
Research LLM/ PhD $1,854.34  3 $5,563.02
Research LLM International $6,534.33 3 $19,602.99
Research PhD International $6259.33 3 $18,777.99

For more detailed information on York tuition fees, including supplementary fees, please visit the York Student Financial Services 2017 – 2018 fees page.

Funding Packages

Students admitted to the Research LLM and PhD are eligible to receive funding packages.  This differs from the Osgoode Professional LLM degree programs.

Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance and, for Doctoral students,  fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.  Most scholarships, whether York donor funded or secured through Provincial, National or International competitions, will be counted towards meeting the funding package.  Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Funding and Awards for more information, including York internal and external scholarship opportunities.

Research LLM Students

  • Full-time domestic LLM: approximately $10,000 in their first year, met primarily through the York Graduate Fellowship.
  • Full-time international LLM: approximately $19,000 in their first year, met primarily through the York Graduate Fellowship.  Funding availability for international graduate students is limited and highly competitive.

PhD Students

Doctoral packages are comprised of York Graduate Fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships and awards.

  • Full-time domestic PhD: approximately $22,500 in their first year.
  • Full-time international PhD; approximately $33,500 in their first year.  Funding availability for international graduate students is limited and highly competitive.

PhD Teaching Assistants

Doctoral students are ordinarily expected to hold a Teaching Assistant position as a condition of their funding.  LLM students do not hold Teaching Assistantship positions. Osgoode hires instructors for its Legal Process course, its Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community course, and to work with first year JD students. Graduate students in Law have also held teaching assistantships in the York graduate programs in Criminology, Law and Society, Philosophy and Business. Details on teaching assistantship positions will be made available to doctoral applicants after they have been admitted.

Osgoode Scholarships & Fellowships

In addition to the funding packages, Osgoode’s Graduate Program may offer York or Osgoode donor funded scholarships to students based on merit and financial need. These are assessed on the basis of the application package – for the majority of these awards, there is no need for a separate application.   A number of Graduate Fellowships are also offered by Osgoode’s Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.

View the complete list of donor funded awards open to Osgoode Research Graduate Program students.

External Scholarships

All applicants should make reasonable efforts to secure funding from external agencies-both prior to coming to Osgoode and as continuing students. External awards include those from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Province of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Information on external awards are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website

Osgoode’s continuing students have had significant success in applying for major graduate scholarships, such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarships, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships, and those awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Trudeau Foundation.  For in-program students, the Graduate Program Office, along with the York Faculty of Graduate Studies, provide support to you in drafting, revising and improving applications for these awards, and are proud that each year many of our students are awarded major scholarships through these, and other, scholarship competitions.

Financial Awards and Scholarship Competitions for International Students

Osgoode’s Graduate Program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have some scholarship  funding available for non-domestic students, including the York Elia Scholars Program, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships, the Joyce and Fred Zeman’s Scholarship. View the complete list of awards.

Some countries offer scholarship opportunities for their nationals.   Applicants should investigate funding available from their home country or through agreements between Canada and their home country.

Conference Funding

The graduate program in law supports the intellectual engagement of our students in a variety of ways. One such way, is by providing funding for graduate students to present and attend at a number legal education conferences. Funding is available for graduate students to apply to each term.