LLM program

Students and Faculty at a Law Event
Students and faculty at a law event

Please refer to the UVic academic calendar for the rules regarding your candidature. You are responsible for meeting the requirements of the program.

Our can answer most administrative questions or direct you to the correct resources.

Helpful tips for your graduate studies program.

Program length

The LLM requires a minimum of 12 months (three terms) of enrollment. Most students complete the program within 15 months to two years. Five years is the maximum period.

Full-time and residency requirements

The first 12 months (three terms) of the LLM program must be completed full-time, on-campus, in Victoria. Our aim is to build a cohesive community and support the development of your thesis, which requires full-time attendance.


You must arrive for the first day of fall term. During your first week you will attend the law graduate orientation, meet with your supervisor and the graduate program director to discuss your program, and attend the first sessions of your fall term courses.

Please contact our graduate assistant to set a time to meet with the graduate program director.


You will have two supervisors, one from law and one from another discipline. You should establish and maintain regular contact with both supervisors.

Your law supervisor plays the principle role on issues of form and administration. Both supervisors have input into the development of your thesis.

Your law supervisor is usually chosen during the application process, but no later than the end of September. Your non-law supervisor is chosen in consultation with your law supervisor. It is your responsibility to contact potential non-law supervisors. 

Responsibilities in the supervisory relationship

Course requirements

  • LAW599: LLM Thesis (9.0 units)
  • LAW501: Graduate Seminar in Law and Society (1.5 units)
  • LAW502: Graduate Seminar in Applied Legal Methodology (1.5 units)
  • One non-law graduate-level seminar (1.5 units)
  • One additional course (1.5 units) - may be an upper-year law undergraduate course, a law graduate course, or a graduate-level course in another discipline.

Courses must be discussed with your supervisory committee and approved by the graduate program director.

Please note: You are not permitted to register for a course that is the same or substantively similar to a course that you have already taken for undergraduate credit, either here or at another university.

You should complete all courses by the end of your second term. After your first two terms, you are responsible for completing your ongoing registration.

Marking standards

Please review and become familiar with marking standards at the graduate level. COM and CIC grades do not apply to the law graduate program.

Academic integrity

You must avoid any form of academic dishonesty. See UVic's policy on academic integrity.

Program milestones

Review the LLM thesis milestones or the LLM non-thesis option milestones.

Annual progress review

Each year you will be subject to a progress review. This review will take stock of your progress and identify any problems that may be impeding the development of your work. The graduate assistant will email the form to you and two of your supervisory committee members for completion during the fall term.


Convocation ceremonies are held in November and June. Although attendance is not mandatory, we encourage you to attend if possible.

There is sometimes a delay between when you complete your program requirements and the next convocation ceremony. If that happens, we can issue letters confirming that you have completed the requirements.