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Future Graduate Students

Our graduate programs reflect our expertise in a wide range of research areas, allowing you to advance your career in the direction of your choice. 

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.

Take a look at all of our research areas.

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

Top 10 LLM in Energy Law

Questions about applying to our graduate programs? Contact lawgrad@ucalgary.ca.

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.

This master’s degree is an interdisciplinary graduate program providing a balanced education related to energy and environmental management.


Faculty of Law graduate program admissions requirements

Law degree

A law degree from a recognized university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, 3.7 or above for the PhD program.

Reference letters

LLM and certificate applicants require a letter of reference.

PhD applicants require two letters of reference.

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Application fee

$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.

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Graduate Program Admissions Dates & Deadlines

Jan 15

Applications due for PhD program, and thesis-based and course-based LLM programs.


Feb 8

Deadline to submit supporting documents for PhD, course- and thesis-based LLM applications.


Mar 15

Applications due for September 1 entrance to the Graduate Certificate program in NREEL.


Jul 15

Applications due for January 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

Graduate Scholarships from External Organizations

Faculty of Law Post-Graduate (LLM) Fellowships

Questions about applying to our graduate programs? Contact lawgrad@ucalgary.ca.

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.