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Law and Society (LLM)

Our master’s degree in law and society is an interdisciplinary thesis-based degree. You'll gain a broad understanding of Canadian, international and comparative dimensions of law. You’ll work closely with other students as you study legal theory and research methodology.

You will work closely with your supervisor as well as experts in other disciplines, such as political science or sociology. Your education will culminate in a thesis.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
1-2 years (3-6 academic terms) Yes No

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Students in this program will:

  • develop an interdisciplinary specialization within the scope of their thesis project
  • apply appropriate discipline and project specific methods
  • gain skills to effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge to legal community and broader public

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must specify the faculty member(s) you would like to work with, and explain why
  • this faculty member does not need to agree to be your supervisor before you apply, but you can reach out to faculty member(s) to seek their interest in principle

To find a potential supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, you may contact them by email.

Alan Hanna

Assistant Professor Aboriginal law, Indigenous lands, rights and governance

Andrew Newcombe

Professor, Associate Dean, Academic and Student Relations International investment law and arbitration, international trade law and contracts.

Asad Kiyani

Assistant Professor Immigration and refugee law, domestic and international criminal law, evidence, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and comparative law.

Bradley Bryan

Assistant Professor Taxation law, First Nations taxation

Calvin Sandborn, QC

Assistant Teaching Professor Legal Director of the Environmental Law Centre Environmental law, mining law and reform, plastics legislation.

Chris Tollefson

Professor Environmental law and litigation, sustainability, environmental governance, forestry, Aboriginal law, access to justice.

Colin Macleod

Professor, Chair of the Department of Philosophy Philosophy, liberal equality.

Darcy Lindberg

Assistant Professor Indigenous law, ecological governance through Indigenous legal orders, gender and Indigenous ceremonies, Indigenous treaty making.

David Milward

Associate Professor Criminal law, Indigenous justice, and evidence.

Deborah Curran

Associate Professor, Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre Environmental law, water law, municipal law, growth management and land use law, agricultural land and food systems, real estate and shared-decision making

Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey

Professor torts, remedies, insurance, race ethnicity and the law, feminist analysis of law, critical theory

Freya Kodar

Associate Professor Pension (public and private), consumer law and policy, debt and credit regulation, income security, care work, disability and the law.

Geoffrey Loomer

Associate Professor International and comparative taxation law and corporate taxation.

Gillian Calder

Associate Professor Family law and social issues, constitutional law, gender equality

Ireh Iyioha

Assistant Professor Healthcare law, women's health and the law, international human rights law, jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, torts.

Jamie Cassels, QC

Professor, Former President of the University of Victoria Remedies, legal theory, contracts, torts

Janna Promislow

Associate Professor Aboriginal administrative law, treaty relationships and interpretation.

Jeremy Webber

Professor Indigenous legal rights, cultural diversity, constitutional theory.

John Borrows

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law Indigenous law, environmental law, constitutional law.

Kathryn Chan

Associate Professor Nonprofit sector law, law and religion, administrative law and regulation, trusts, the law of gift

Maneesha Deckha

Professor, Landsdowne Chair in Law Animal legal studies, feminist animal care theory and feminist analysis of law, critical animal studies, postcolonial theory, reproductive and end-of-life law and ethics, administrative law.

Mark Gillen

Professor Securities, trusts, business associations, tax and competition law

Michelle Lawrence

Associate Professor and Director, Access to Justice Centre of Excellence Access to justice, justice innovation, criminal law, evidence, sentencing, substance abuse and mental disorder, relationship violence, police accountability.

Patricia Cochrane

Associate Professor Constitutional law, political and legal theory, law of evidence, human rights, social welfare law

Pooja Parmar

Associate Professor Legal pluralism, legal ethics, int’l human rights law, legal history, law and colonialism.

Rebecca Johnson

Professor; Associate Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit; Director, Graduate Program Criminal law, legal process, business associations.

Robert Howell

Professor Intellectual property, technology, telecommunications, private international law

Robert Lapper, QC

David & Dorothy Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy, Professor Access to justice, justice innovation, public policy, professional regulation and ethics, Aboriginal law.

Sarah Morales

Associate Professor Aboriginal law, Indigenous legal traditions and international human rights.

Sarah Ramshaw

Professor, Director of Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) Family law, human rights, contracts, arts-based approaches to law, law and the humanities, improvisation and the law, legal theory/jurisprudence.

Stephen Perks

Director of the Law Centre Clinical Program Clinical and public legal education.

Supriya Routh

Associate Professor Work and labour law, international labour law, atypical and informal workers in the global south, human rights.

Ted L. McDorman

Professor Public international law, international ocean law.

Tim Richards

Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program Human rights law, poverty and social policy, legal skills education.

Tracey Lindberg

Associate Professor Traditional Indigenous governments, Cree laws, translation between Canadian and Indigenous laws, Indigenous women, legal advocacy and activism.

Val Napoleon

Director of JD/JID program, Professor, Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous feminist legal studies, governance, restorative justice, Indigenous property law, Aboriginal legal issues.

Victor V. Ramraj

Professor, Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives Comparative constitutional and administrative law (SE Asia), transnational regulation, law and globalization, emergency powers in Asia.

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