Graduate studies at UCalgary Law
UCalgary Law offers a thesis-based LLM, a course-based and thesis-based LLM specializing in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL), a general thesis-based LLM, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development.
Energy law, environmental law and more!
UCalgary Law is known around the world as a leader in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. Several of our graduate programs reflect this expertise, allowing you to learn from world-renowned experts and to become a leader in the field.
The study of energy and environmental law at UCalgary Law is remarkably broad, and encompasses legal aspects of our transition to a low carbon economy, mining law, renewable energy law, water law, administrative law, adapting to climate change and regulating GHG emissions, regulatory theory, taxation, corporate law, economics, contract law, international trade and investment law, Aboriginal law, tort law, environmental ethics, pollution control, waste management, environmental impact law, intellectual property, human rights law and legal theory.
General Thesis-based LLM
Unlike our specialized LLM programs, our general thesis-based LLM is generally limited to applicants who (i) have identified a faculty supervisor who has agreed to supervise the applicant, and (ii) either the supervisor has agreed to sufficiently fund the applicant through research grants or the applicant is able to sufficiently fund his or her program through major external research awards. Exceptionally, outstanding self-funded applicants may be considered.
Please note that an LLM does not entitle the holder to practice law in Canada. For information about the accreditation of foreign degrees, contact the National Committee on Accreditation.
Information about tuition, funding and application requirements can be found in the links below.
Our Graduate Programs
We offer an LLM (general) and an LLM with a specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL).
Our course-based LLM specializes in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law.
Post baccalaureate certificate
For lawyers who wish to supplement or update their knowledge in natural resources, energy and environmental law.
MSc in Sustainable Energy Development
An interdisciplinary graduate program in energy and environmental management.
Faculty of Law graduate program admissions requirements
A law degree from a recognized university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
LLM and certificate applicants require a letter of reference.
The non-refundable fee of $125 CDN for Canadian citizens and permanent residents; $145 CDN for international students.
Completed application form
Complete the application form from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Applications due for thesis- and course-based LLM applicants for September start.
Applications due for certificate program, for September start.
Applications due for certificate program, for January start.
Scholarships & Fellowships
Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarships are generally only given to full-time students in the thesis-based LLM program. Fellowships are generally available to recent graduates.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies also has a number of scholarships for which students can apply, and an open scholarship competition each spring for which the Faculty of Law puts forward recommendations.
Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarships
- The Honourable N.D. McDermid Graduate Scholarships in Law
- The Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship
- The John D. Petrie Q.C. Graduate Scholarship in Law
- The Faculty of Law Special Graduate Scholarship
Graduate Scholarships from External Organizations
- The Canadian Energy Law Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Law
- The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship Program
- The Ron Ghitter Award in Human Rights
- Trudeau Foundation Graduate Scholarships
- The Viscount Bennett Scholarship
Faculty of Law Post-Graduate (LLM) Fellowships
- Canadian Institute of Resources Law Post-Graduate Fellowship
- The John Ballem Q.C. LL.D. Post-Graduate Fellowship in Energy Law
Continuing Legal Education
Auditing courses at UCalgary Law
- Space restrictions limit the number of students allowed to audit law courses. Applicants must meet with the Associate Dean (Academic) to discuss course selection.
- Auditors may not participate in assignments, examinations or parts of courses such as laboratories. They may participate in class discussion with the instructor's consent. If the instructor wishes the student to participate in activities other than class discussions, permission must be obtained from the Associate Dean (Academic).
- All admission, registration and fee deadlines which apply to regular students must be met by students who are auditing.
- Applicants are required to contact the Student Services office by email at email@example.com to initiate the application process and complete the necessary documentation.
- Permission will only be granted to individuals who hold a law degree and are currently practicing law in the province of Alberta.
- Tuition and fees are paid on a per-course basis.
Courses for credit at UCalgary Law
- The approval of the Associate Dean (Academic) is required before any person not enrolled in the JD, LLM or PhD programs will be permitted to take a course for credit in the Faculty of Law.
- Permission will only be granted to University of Calgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school, and students admitted to the University of Calgary through an international student exchange program.
- Before allowing University of Calgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to take a JD course for credit, it is the Faculty of Law's practice to require that the proposed JD course be related to the graduate student's research and that the graduate student have their supervisor's consent.
- Persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school will not be permitted to enrol in compulsory courses at the Faculty of Law absent exceptional circumstances.