Comparative Law, L.L.M.

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The Institute of Comparative Law (ICL) welcomes masters students studying within the McGill Faculty of Law. ICL students are encouraged to think about the nature and value of comparative scholarship both through the courses that they take (particularly the Legal Traditions course, which is required for all ICL students) and through their masters thesis.


Study within the ICL is ideally suited to students who have a background in or a desire to pursue research in the field of comparative law, broadly defined.

As such, ICL student members are encouraged and given opportunities to explore how juridical analyses are enriched through openness to learning from:
  • diversity in research methods,
  • theoretical frameworks,
  • legal traditions and doctrines,
  • languages,
  • disciplinary perspectives.

The LL.M. thesis program in ICL requires 15 credits earned in graduate-level coursework and the production of a 30,000-word thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Approaches to Law
  • Legal Research Methodology
  • Legal Traditions
  • Master's Thesis
  • Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Candidates for admission to our graduate law programs must possess a Bachelor of Laws degree or an equivalent law degree from an accredited university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0, or its equivalent (upper second class).

Graduate level courses in Law are offered in English, and English-language abilities must be demonstrated for admission. In order to communicate fully with all law students at McGill, and to understand all course materials, the ability to speak and read French is an asset. At McGills Faculty of Law, all students may choose to write essays, examinations and thesis in English or French. In areas such as the study of private law in the civilian tradition or comparative private law, a reading knowledge of French is essential.

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. program must hold the degree of Bachelor of Laws, or its equivalent (e.g. J.D.), from an accredited university (as determined by the Quebec government). The candidate must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0, or its equivalent (Upper Second Class). This standing does not guarantee admission, however; the Graduate Admissions Committee weighs the entire file. There are a limited number of places in the programs.At the time of application, candidates should indicate whether they wish to be registered in the Faculty generally, or in the Institute of Comparative Law or the Institute of Air and Space Law. The different program requirements are set out elsewhere in these web pages.Candidates must also indicate whether they wish to apply to the Thesis option or the Non-Thesis option. Candidates who apply to the thesis option may be offered a place in the non-thesis option.

In the case of applications to thesis programs, the Graduate Admissions Committee must consider the availability of a supervisor. If a supervisor is not available in the applicant's preferred field of study, the applicant may be refused admission or else offered admission pending a change of field of study.

All supporting application documents and required supplemental materials must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system.

1.Online Application for Admission form

2.Application fee: non-refundable Canadian funds payable by credit card cover up to two program choices per term. Some programs may charge additional fees. If applicable, these will be automatically charged when you submit the application form. Please note that application fees and other charges are listed on the Student Accounts website.

3.Transcripts: your complete record of study from each university-level institution you have attended to date. Uploaded copies are considered unofficial; final, official copies will be required of admitted applicants.

4.Reference letters: on the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with your academic work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf.

5.TOEFL/IELTS, GRE, GMAT results: when registering for the test, please ensure that you request that results be sent directly to McGill University. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency.

Tuition Fee

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    7248 USD/year
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    3465 USD/year
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Typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms*


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