The LL.M. in North American Common Law provides an opportunity for students to undertake more in-depth study of the common law. Students work in a particular area of specialisation in a effort to develop expertise and competence. The programme has two aims. It offers an opportunity to develop specialised expertise that complements the general education received at the LL.B. level. It also provides an opportunity to complete a substantial research project that will enhance the learning process through individualised study.
Candidates seeking admission to the LL.M. program must :
Students may be enrolled for full- or part-time study.
Enrollment is limited to a maximum of three trimesters. Failure to complete the programme within that time will result in the student being withdrawn from the programme.
The LL.M. program requires completion of a Supervised Research Project of at least 15,000 words. It constitutes a substantial piece of critical writing, of publishable length and quality, that elucidates particular ideas or problems within an area of law. The research project should exhibit a solid understanding of its own theoretical and methodological framework, and should be clearly written with the incorporation of relevant and significant sources.
LL.M. students writing are assigned a supervisor from the Faculty of Law. The Project is discussed in draft stages with the supervisor and is submitted to the Graduate Programs Office of the Faculty of Law upon completion. The paper is then referred to a committee for evaluation and grading.
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