Legal Education at McGill explores legal traditions through a comparative, integrated lens that is unique around the world.
The renewed McGill curriculum that debuts in the fall of 2016 features multiple opportunities for problem-based learning, translation of knowledge into action, and the development of skills that are critical to engaged, effective and enlightened jurists.
An integrated education
a) designed to work across the traditional boundaries of first-year coursework
b) in French and English
c) that builds on an expertise in the civil law and common law, broadened to include other legal traditions, including better understandings of indigenous law, as well as cutting-edge scholarship in alternate dispute resolution
A focus on problem-solving
a) students work in groups to tackle issues in legal methodology and ethics, empirical research and policy analysis
b) a revised semester timetable that makes space for one-week intensive teaching periods during the fall and winter term
Innovative pedagogy that flips the script and
a) allows you to take the lead in your own education
b) uses technology in modernized classrooms to enhance participation and critical reflection
The original and critical vision that characterizes legal education at McGill is a springboard for those whose ideas will change the world of business or civic society.
Above all, the Faculty prides itself on developing agile thinkers, conscientious citizens and global-leaning, forward-looking jurists for the 21st century.
McGill Law. It’s a world class move.
To those undertaking law studies for the first time, we offer the combined Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) program, leading to degrees in civil law and common law.
We also offer two joint programs, combining the B.C.L./LL.B. with either a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).
To those who already have a first law diploma and are interested in advanced legal studies, we offer the Master of Laws (LL.M.), with thesis and non-thesis options, the Doctor of Civil law (D.C.L.), and Graduate Certificates.
Students may elect to pursue their master's or doctorate in the Faculty of Law, the Institute of Comparative Law or the Institute of Air and Space Law.
Outside the classroom
McGill offers myriad opportunities for students to develop practical skills by putting their newly acquired education to work outside the classroom.