LLM: Project-Based Option

The Project-Based LLM, which was approved to commence in September 2016, is aimed at legal practitioners and recent law graduates who wish to enhance their professional credentials. Students in this program choose from a range of over 80 elective courses, allowing them to deepen their expertise in a particular field. Electives may include short-term internships designed to advance students’ professional goals.

Students also complete a Major Research Project designed to reflect their professional or academic interests, focusing on legal or policy issues requiring complex real-world solutions. With advice and guidance from Western Law’s leading legal academics, students can explore in-depth the legal challenges that are most relevant to their work.

The Project-Based LLM can be completed full-time in 12 months or part-time in 24 months. It does not qualify students for entry into legal practice.

Please see our Graduate Admissions page for details of admission requirements and how to apply.

Program Requirements

To complete the Project-Based LLM, the following is required:

  1. Either Law 9001: Approaches to Legal Scholarship or Law 9002: Guided Study and Research Methodology;
  2. Completion of five elective courses, at Western Law or another unit of the University, approved by the student's supervisor and related to the area of the student’s research focus, at the graduate level;
  3. Completion of a Major Research Project, carried out under faculty supervision but not subject to formal defence or examination.