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UVic Law is widely regarded as one of Canada’s finest law schools. We’re known for our experiential learning and commitment to community engagement and social justice. We have the largest number of clinical placements per student in Canada. We have longstanding partnerships with Indigenous communities and a deeply-held ethic of social contribution.

Our programs focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects that emphasize a law-and-society approach. You’ll specialize in your field of choice and receive expert mentorship from our faculty. Your graduate degree will empower you in careers as a researcher and an expert of legal knowledge.

Degree programs offered

Our LLM in law and society is an interdisciplinary thesis-based degree. You’ll complete limited coursework, graduate seminars and a major research paper. 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. Your education will culminate in a thesis, which will be externally examined.

The LLM program’s minimum residency is three terms (12 consecutive months).

In our PhD program, you’ll study applied legal methodology and conduct original research. You’ll work closely with your supervisor as well as experts in other disciplines, such as political science and sociology. You’ll study for a candidacy exam and work on a doctoral dissertation. You’ll defend the culminating work in an oral defense.

The PhD program’s minimum residency is three terms (twelve consecutive months).

Study Indigenous nationhood and gain the skills to become a researcher, scholar and community leader. This certificate takes an interdisciplinary look at intersections of governance, politics and law. Coursework from this degree draws from Indigenous governance, political science and law. You’ll gain advanced theoretical, methodological and applied understandings of Indigenous nationhood.

You can take this certificate as a complementary program to the LLM or PhD degrees or as a stand-alone program.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
LLM 1-2 years Yes No
PhD 4-5 years Yes No
IN Graduate Certificate 1 year No Yes

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate, Certificate
Program delivery:
On-campus

Areas of focus

  • Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights
  • Constitutional law
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Legal history
  • Legal theory, especially feminist and critical legal theory
  • Market regulation
  • Employment and labour law
  • International private and public law
  • Commercial law

Find a supervisor

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

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

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

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Law.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: December 10 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. The minimum requirements for the Faculty of Law LLM and PhD admissions are higher than the minimums set by the University of Victoria.  Ensure that you meet the Faculty of Law language requirements. Learn more about the Faculty of Graduate Studies language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

Online applications open September 1. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

Apply now   How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact gradlawadm@uvic.ca for questions about admissions.

Contact the graduate secretary at gradlaw@uvic.ca or 250-721-8913.

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