Since 1988, students studying natural resources, energy and environmental law have come to the University of Calgary from around the world to pursue their thesis-based LLM degree.
In September 2007 we added a course-based LLM stream to our graduate programs to better meet the needs of lawyers engaged in private, corporate and government practice in the natural resources, energy and environmental law sectors of the economy. The course-based LLM will also appeal to international students trained in civil law legal systems seeking an introduction to the common law and an opportunity to take courses and seminars on a variety of natural resources, energy and environmental law topics.
Our thesis-based LLM emphasizes the research and writing of a thesis. It is a full-time program that requires students to complete four half courses, two of them compulsory. This program is intended for law students who have demonstrated strong potential for advanced research and writing in a common law system on a specific legal issue and who are interested in an academic or research career. Students are only admitted in the Fall term (September). Applicants must have a law degree prior to applying to the program.
Curriculum - Thesis-based LLM
Graduate students enrolled in the thesis-based LLM program must take both Law 703: Graduate Seminar in Legal Research & Methodology and Law 705: Graduate Seminar in Legal Theory, and two elective courses in natural resources, energy or environmental law or a related area. View descriptions of all courses.
Students must complete a substantial research thesis in the area of natural resources, energy or environmental law. The thesis will be approximately 100 to 125 pages (30,000 to 38,000 words) in length, exclusive of the bibliography, and prepared under the supervision of a faculty member or other suitable person appointed by the Graduate Program Director. The thesis must be orally defended in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies' requirements. The thesis should demonstrate the student's familiarity with the work published on the subject of the thesis and the student's ability for independent analysis. The student should aim for an original contribution of publishable quality.
Two terms in residence is required, normally consecutive terms and normally from September to April.
The minimum time for completion is 12 months and the maximum is 36 months from the date of initial registration. Students typically need at least 15 to 18 months from initial registration to complete and defend their thesis. Some students complete the program in a shorter period, many take longer.
The course-based LLM is aimed at lawyers who wish to explore one or more topics within our areas of specialization at advanced levels, and at international students who wish to develop an understanding of Canadian legal processes and laws affecting the natural resources sectors. Students in our course-based LLM complete six half courses and a major research paper. The course-based LLM may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Students are only admitted in the Fall term (September). Applicants must have a law degree prior to applying to the program.
Curriculum - Course-based LLM
Students enrolled in the course-based LLM program must take Law 703: Graduate Seminar in Legal Research & Methodology and five elective courses in natural resources, energy or environmental law, or a related area. View descriptions of all courses.
Major research paper
Students must complete a major research paper, approximately 50 to 60 pages (15,000 to 18,000 words) in length, prepared under the supervision of a faculty member or other suitable person appointed by the Graduate Program Director. The paper must reflect extensive research on a topic and it must propose a solution to a problem or present a critical evaluation of an area of the law. The paper will be evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis by the supervisor and one other person appointed by the Graduate Program Director. In the event of a disagreement between the supervisor and the other appointee, the Graduate Program Director shall determine whether the paper is a Pass or Fail after reading the paper and then consulting with the supervisor and other appointee. For further details, please see the Major Paper Requirements.
Because the course-based LLM may be taken on a part-time basis, no period of residency is required.
Students must complete the course-based LLM within 60 months from the date of initial registration. Students completing the program on a full-time basis are expected to complete the program within one calendar year of initial registration.