Overview

Consistently voted one of the safest places to live, Canada is the second biggest country in the world and as a result has something for everyone. Choose to study in Canada, and you’ll have the opportunity to encounter vastly different cultural and natural experiences – from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities such as Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used concurrently. Natural beauty at every turn, world-class degrees and welcoming natives are just a few of the attractions for the 500,000 international students that head to Canada each year. Canada also offers several scholarship opportunities albeit of much lower availability to international students comparative to the USA. This article gives in-depth information about the law courses that international students can study in Canada.

Master of Laws (LLM)

LL.M. is an abbreviation of the Latin Legum Magister, which means Master of Laws. A Master of Laws (LLM) is a postgraduate degree designed to enhance your academic legal knowledge, allowing LLB graduates to focus on specific areas of interest. LLM courses attract students from both common law and civil law jurisdictions. An LL.M. is usually obtained by completing a one-year full-time program and the stepladder for graduates to further their academic career by progressing into SJD or PhD programmes. The LLM pathway is particularly suitable for international students seeking exposure to a range of legal disciplines, giving students expertise across the board and providing the skills and knowledge required for a successful legal career.

Specialist LLM pathways include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • International Law
  • Legal History and Legal Theory
  • Medical Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • Banking and Finance Law LLM
  • Commercial and Corporate Law LLM
  • Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM
  • Competition Law LLM
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law LLM
  • Environmental Law LLM
  • European Law LLM
  • Human Rights Law LLM
  • Immigration Law LLM
  • Insurance Law LLM
  • Intellectual Property Law LLM
  • International Business Law LLM
  • International Economic Law LLM
  • International Shipping Law LLM
  • Medical Law LLM
  • Public International Law LLM
  • Regulation and Compliance LLM
  • Tax Law LLM
  • Technology, Media and Communications Law LLM

JD

A Juris Doctorate (Latin for doctor of jurisprudence) degree is the terminal doctoral law degree in the United States, Canada and Australia and was originally a replacement to the Bachelor of Laws degree. A Juris Doctor or Juris Doctorate degree represents professional recognition that the holder has a doctoral degree in law. Law school applicants must already have a bachelor’s degree in any field. After completing a bachelor’s degree and passing the LSAT exam, individuals are qualified to enroll in a JD program. It typically takes three years (2 years for LL.B holders) to complete the J.D., after which the graduate must pass the bar exam to practice law.

JD degrees offer better scholarships comparative to other law programs and is therefore a preferable option for international students who are interested in reading law in Canada. We have a long list of full scholarships that aid our clients to fund the cost of accommodation, living expenses and tuition of JD programs.

A distinguishing characteristic of the JD requires students to specialize in one or two of the following areas:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Trust/Estates Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts/Product Liability
  • Real Estate/Land Use Planning
  • Civil/Human Rights Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • Labor/Employment Law
  • Business/Commercial/Corporate/Securities Law
  • Family/Juvenile Law
  • Admiralty Law
  • Environmental/Energy/Natural Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Litigation/Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Sports/Entertainment Law
  • Tax Law
  • Health Law
  • Dispute Resolution

Specialty under some schools offer joint J.D. and another graduate level degree so students can complete both degrees in less time than it would take to complete each separately. These combined graduate degrees include MBA, Economics, Public Administration/Policy, Social Work, and even Medicine.

The purpose for a Juris Doctorate degree is to prepare the student with a well-rounded knowledge of the legal system and laws that govern it.  Careers for JD degree holders include judges, mediators, legal consultants, and other careers in academia, politics, public administration, real estate management, or corporate business. The median annual wage for lawyers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $122,960 in May 2019 which translates to $10,246 per month with some earning as high as $17,500 per month.