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University of British Columbia (UBC) - Faculty of Law
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1822 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

The University

An aerial view of UBC campus in
the beautiful city of Vancouver

The University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus is located on the edge of one of the world's most spectacular and livable cities. Perched on the end of a peninsula overlooking the ocean, UBC Vancouver is the academic home to a student population of 45,000, including more than 6,000 international students. UBC holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning and consistently ranks among the top 40 universities and top 20 public universities in the world.

The Law School

In September 2011, the UBC
Faculty of Law moved into a
brand new facility - Allard Hall.
This state-of-the-art building
is equipped with the latest
technology and expanded
research facilities and classroom

UBC Law opened its spectacular new facility Allard Hall, including dedicated graduate student social and study space with magnificent mountain and ocean views, in September 2011. A state-of-the-art, LEEDS Gold certified building, Allard Hall provides tremendous physical space and technology to support to teaching and research. Within it, the Law Faculty offers students one of the largest and most diverse course lists in Canada taught by highly knowledgeable and engaged faculty, and supported by well-developed student services, including a dedicated career services office.

The Program

North side entrance of
Allard Hall

UBC Law offers one of Canada’s oldest and most well-respected Masters (LL.M.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) programs in Law. These research-based degrees, which focus on a thesis or dissertation, offer students the opportunity to engage in advanced and focused study in their chosen area of law. UBC also offers a course-based masters degree - the LL.M. Common Law - that provides a rigorous background in Canadian law and the common law.

Each degree is tailored to provide students from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds with an opportunity to engage in challenging and innovative graduate study.

The LL.M. in Common Law (LLM CL) is a course-based LL.M. program designed to provide foundational training in the common law and Canadian law for lawyers with foreign or non-common law legal training. It also provides the opportunity for foreign-trained lawyers to do the course-work required to practice law in Canada.

The LL.M. in Taxation is a one year, full time non-thesis degree, with a part-time option. The program provide graduates with a depth of knowledge and level of technical expertise in tax law beyond that which can be acquired in a basic law degree or other relevant disciplines. Mandatory courses will ensure that students have a solid foundation in core areas of tax law and practice, while optional courses will give students the ability to develop expertise in areas of interest.

The Master of Laws (LLM) is a research-intensive LL.M. degree that combines course work with a thesis to provide an opportunity for focused study.

The Ph.D. is a rigorous research-intensive degree that includes course work, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation proposal defence that lead to a dissertation which is intended to make a substantial contribution to the chosen field of study.

Download the Graduate Program brochure for additional information.

The Faculty

UBC Law Library

The faculty members at UBC Law are leaders in their fields. Broad-ranging in their interests and experience, they are passionate and inspiring teachers who are producing some of the most innovative legal scholarship in the country. Areas of particular expertise, with supporting centres, include Aboriginal peoples and the law, Asian legal studies, business law, environmental and natural resource law, and feminist legal studies,

Entry Requirements

Details of entry requirements, including minimum GPA and English competency exam scores, and information about the application procedure are available here.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate Student Lounge

UBC Law has highly competitive tuition rates for domestic and international students, and substantial scholarship funding for the research-based degrees.

Tuition support is also available for the course-based LLM CL. Details on funding available here.


View of North Side of Allard Hall


Program Information

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Common Law
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • PhD
Program Features
  • The LL.M. in Common Law has a fall and a spring intake. The general LL.M. and the PhD only have a fall intake.
  • The LL.M. in Taxation is a full-time program with a part-time option designed to prepare graduates for specialized tax work in the private or public sectors.
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website

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