Future Graduate Students

Our graduate programs reflect our NREEL expertise, allowing you to learn form world-renowned experts and to become a leader in the field.

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.

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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

Thesis-based LLM

We offer an LLM (general) and an LLM with a specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL).

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Course-based LLM

Our course-based LLM specializes in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law.

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Post baccalaureate certificate

For lawyers who wish to supplement or update their knowledge in natural resources, energy and environmental law.

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MSc in Sustainable Energy Development

An interdisciplinary graduate program in energy and environmental management.

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Funded LLM positions available

Funded LLM Positions at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law

The Faculty of Law expects to fund at least two thesis-based LLM positions in Energy, Environmental or Natural Resources Law commencing in September, 2019. 

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 law, human rights law and legal theory.   

The successful candidate must meet the admission and program requirements for the thesis-based LLM program.

Applications forms are available and are due on December 15, 2018. The deadline is firm for international students, but may be flexible for Canadian candidates.

The successful candidate will receive funding of $20,500 for the first year, which may be in the form of a Graduate Assistantship, scholarship(s), or a combination of the two at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director. Additional funding may be available for a second year, but is not guaranteed. The successful candidate should be available to commence their program in September, 2019.

For information about the LLM program and admission/application requirements and process, please contact Eunice Wong, lawgrad@ucalgary.ca.

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Funded LLM Position at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, in Privacy and Technology Law

A funded thesis-based LLM position is available for an eligible candidate to undertake master’s level research in connection with the project, “Online Abuse: Developing the Tort of Privacy for the Digital Age,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The principal investigator, who will supervise the candidate’s thesis, is Professor Emily Laidlaw.

This project seeks to develop privacy law; in particular, the tort of invasion of privacy, to better address the privacy impact of online abuse. This project seeks to holistically tackle the subject matter of the tort of privacy in the area of online abuse, from conceptualizing the model to the remedies that protect it, to the future of the tort with emerging technologies. This project is currently in year one (2018-2019) of a four-year project. The first year of the project involves a return to first principles to re-imagine the tort of privacy and explore its boundaries with other causes of action (e.g. defamation, nuisance, harassment).  In year two, the investigator will explore the technological dimensions of online abuse, including, among other things, issues of intermediary liability, security, automation, emerging technologies and public/private dimensions. The final stage of the project builds on the focus of emerging technologies to examine how to resolve privacy disputes, including ways that technology can be harnessed as a tool for dispute resolution.

The successful candidate will, in consultation with the investigator, identify an LLM thesis topic that advances the research goals and methods of the project. Preference will be given to candidates with previous course work and / or practice experience in the areas of technology law and/or privacy. 

The successful candidate must meet the admission and program requirements for the thesis-based LLM program.

Applications forms are available and are due on December 15, 2018. The deadline is firm for international students but may be flexible for Canadian candidates.

The successful candidate will receive funding of $20,500, which may be in the form of a Graduate Assistantship, a scholarship, or a combination of the two at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the principal investigator. The funding is renewable for a second year provided that the candidate remains in good standing.  The successful candidate should be available to commence their program in September 2019.

For further information about the research project please contact Emily Laidlaw at emily.laidlaw@ualgary.ca.

For information about the LLM program and admission/application requirements and process, please contact Eunice Wong, lawgrad@ucalgary.ca.

 

Faculty of Law graduate program admissions requirements

Law degree

A law degree from a recognized university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Reference letters

LLM and certificate applicants require a letter of reference.

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Application fee

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.

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Application deadlines

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

Graduate Scholarships from External Organizations

Faculty of Law Post-Graduate (LLM) Fellowships

    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 law@ucalgary.ca 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.