Graduate studies at UCalgary Law
UCalgary Law offers both a thesis-based and a course-based LLM, with a specialization available in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL), a PhD in Law, and a graduate certificate in NREEL.
The Faculty has a wide range of research expertise. We have long been leaders in natural resources, energy and environmental law. Other areas of particular research strength include business and tax law, private law, administrative law and regulation, criminal law, aboriginal law, international law, human rights law, legal history and theory, and the law pertaining to privacy, security and technology. The Faculty has endowed chairs in natural resources law, in business law, and in business regulation. Our substantial law library is complemented by the internationally-renowned Canadian Institute of Resources Law, which hosts symposia and publishes research on natural resources and energy law. The Faculty of Law is a home of the acclaimed law blog, ABlawg.
Our LLM program was included in the LLM Guide's top 10 energy law programs worldwide (2020). Our program earns this recognition for strengths in examining the relationship between society and the environment, in defining the interests we claim in the world around us, and in shaping the consequences of using those resources. 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.
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.
Our Graduate Programs
UCalgary Law offers a PhD in Law, a thesis-based and course-based LLM, a graduate certificate, and is part of a joint MSc in Sustainable Energy Development.
The PhD program in Law gives qualified students the opportunity to engage in sustained research in an area of interest to them, under the supervision of our diverse, energetic faculty members.
We offer an LLM (general) and an LLM with a specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL).
The course-based LLM program is designed for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of a particular area of law, whether for professional or academic reasons.
For lawyers who wish to supplement or update their knowledge in natural resources, energy and environmental law.
Faculty of Law graduate program admissions requirements
A law degree from a recognized university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, 3.7 or above for the PhD program.
LLM and certificate applicants require a letter of reference.
PhD applicants require two letters of reference.
$125 CDN for Canadian citizens and permanent residents
$145 CDN for international students
(Application fees are non-refundable)
Completed application form
Complete the application form from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Program Admissions Dates & Deadlines
Applications due for PhD program, and thesis-based and course-based LLM programs.
Deadline to submit supporting documents for PhD, course- and thesis-based LLM applications.
Applications due for September 1 entrance to the Graduate Certificate program in NREEL.
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