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Master of Laws [L.L.M]

 1 year
 full time
 on campus
 Course & Thesis Based

Field of Study

Offered by     Schulich School of law

$ 13,035 

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Program Description

  • Dalhousie University offers a Master of Laws for a duration of 3 years.
  • It is an on-campus, thesis, and course-based program offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis.
  • The graduate programs at the Schulich School of Law begin each September. 
  • This department offers two options for the LLM program.
    • The first is a combination of a thesis plus three courses.
    • The second is a program of six courses, all of which require substantial written research papers.
  • Students may choose to do either of these options on a full-time (1 year) or apart-time (2 or more years) basis.
  • In the thesis option, students usually complete the program's 3 courses during the first and second terms (September to April) of the academic year.
  • If the degree is taken by thesis and coursework, a student is also required to:
    • complete at least two additional one-term classes from the course offerings of the Schulich School of Law.
    • present a well-researched substantial thesis of scholarly quality produced under the supervision of a member (or members) of the law faculty.
  • The coursework option includes 6 courses that each concludes with a substantial written paper runs from September to May and is particularly appropriate for part-time students.
  • If the degree is taken by coursework without a thesis, candidates are also required to take 5 one-term classes (15 credit hours) from the advanced coursework.
  • All coursework undertaken for the LLM must be completed with an average of not less than B with no grade below B- and students get opportunities for further studies such as PhD.
  • Before deciding on the thesis or coursework option, students who are contemplating future doctoral studies should note that some doctoral programs require the completion of a Master of Laws degree which includes a thesis.
  • Both thesis and coursework LLM students are required to take the Graduate Seminar on Legal Education and Legal Scholarship.
  • Job opportunities after the Master of Laws are Consultancies, Lawer, etc and the average salary goes up to 44,105 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration1 year
Fees$ 14,047 for 1 year
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake September (Deadline - Mar 31)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS
Offered bySchulich School of law
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students should obtain high standing in a UG or first law degree (LLB, JD or equivalent) from a recognized university.
  • Students hold at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.3 scale Dalhousie's Scale.
  • In exceptional circumstances, the university will accept students whose previous degree is not in law but in cognate fields. The ability to conduct independent research and work easily in the English language is a prerequisite for admission.
  • Students applying for admission are required to submit results of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed a 4-year UG degree with an upper second class in a relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Or, students must have a minimum average of grade B+ (75% or above) for UG studies.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required document:

  • Online application form and fees: Students have to fill the online form and submit the application fees. 
  • Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Two Professional References: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
  • Personal Statement: It should include a brief overview of themselves, strengths, and any work experience and/or education that students have.
  • Transcripts: Students have to submit transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, World Education Services Assessments, and English Language Proficiency test scores.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • Confirmation of Employment Form:  Students must be emailed as an attachment by applicant or referee. 
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Mar 31

Scores Required

100 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1
Tuition fees$13035
Books fees$1012
Total fees$14047

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and food$ 8,171


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Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
A.S. Mowat Prize Scholarship at Dalhousie University $1,084 Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Abdul Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship- Dalhousie University $40,000 Yes N/A
Killam Predoctoral Scholarships Variable Yes N/A
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
VueVille Future Technology Scholarship $1,000 Yes 30 Sep, 2020
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
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VISA & Work Study


  • Students are required to get a study visa to study in Canada.
  • They may also need a Temporary Resident VISA (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
  • The cost of the study visa is 112 USD and it is valid for the length of the study program, plus an extra 90 days.
  • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
    • Dalhousie acceptance letter
    • Valid passport
    • Financial Evidence
    • A letter from their sponsoring agency 
    • Documents showing strong ties to their home country

Work Study

Students must have a work-study visa to work in Canada.

  • On-Campus Work: Students enrolled full time are eligible to work on-campus. Students can work no more than 10-15 hours per week.
  • Off-Campus Work: Students who are continually enrolled full time at Dalhousie University are eligible to work off-campus. Students can work 20 hours a week or full time during a scheduled break.
  • Co-Op Work Visa: If students are required to work as an integral part of the studies or enrolled in a co-op program, they may be permitted to work off-campus full time. Students will need a co-op work visa.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities in 

  • Consultancies
  • Corporate
  • Courthouses
  • Finance
  • International Organizations such as the UN or UNICEF
  • Law Firms
  • Media and Publishing houses

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