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Law

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., LL.M., LL.M. (Common Law), LL.M. in Taxation

Members

Professors

J. Bakan, J. Benedet, J. Blom, M. A. Bobinski, G. Christie, C. Dauvergne, D. Duff, B. Goold, I. Grant, M. Le Baron, B. W. MacDougall, S. Matsui, D. Parkes, D. Pavlich, P. B. Potter, W. W. Pue, J. Sarra, A. F. Sheppard, J. M. P. Weiler, M. Young.

Associate Professors

N. Affolder, L. Biukovic, W. Cui, E. Cunliffe, E. Edinger, C. Ford, D. Harris, D. Johnston, K. T. Mickelson, B. Perrin, J. Stewart.

Assistant Professors

E. Arbel, J. S. Beaudry, A. Kaushal, L. Lin, M. Liston, J. Mack, G. Reynolds, G. Sarfaty, J. Stacey.

Program Overview

The following provides a general overview of the graduate programs offered at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. For more comprehensive information please refer to the Allard School of Law.

The Allard School of Law at UBC is rich in the spirit of enquiry, committed to scholarship of the highest calibre, and ranks as one of Canada's longest-established graduate programs in law. Its faculty and students at all levels, ranging from the professional degree program through LL.M., LL.M. (Common Law), or LL.M. in Taxation studies to the Ph.D. program, combine to make it one of the world's most intellectually exciting, challenging, and rewarding places to pursue graduate studies in law.

UBC graduate students in law are a culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse body of outstanding students from Canada and around the world. All share common facilities and enjoy the benefit of a collegial life organized both formally through the Faculty and informally through the Graduate Law Student's Society, creating an unsurpassed graduate school experience. Each of our graduate degree programs is carefully structured around a core seminar providing essential foundations of knowledge appropriate for LL.M. (Common Law), LL.M., LL.M. in Taxation, or Ph.D. studies, as the case may be. Faculty supervisors work closely with students in thesis-based degrees, and course instruction is provided by enthusiastic, highly qualified law teachers who together teach one of the most wide-ranging law school programs in Canada.

The deadlines for application to all graduate programs in the Allard School of Law are: December 15 for the LL.M. (Common Law), December 15 for the thesis-based LL.M. and Ph.D. programs, and January 31 for the LL.M. in Taxation. Early application is encouraged.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an LL.B. or J.D., as well as an LL.M. or equivalent, from a recognized institution indicating a superior level of academic performance in a field of specialization that will support the applicant's Ph.D. research. In exceptional circumstances applicants who do not meet these requirements, but who, in the opinion of the Allard School of Law Graduate Committee, possess qualifications appropriate for admission to the doctoral program, may be considered for provisional acceptance dependent upon successful completion of one or more law courses prior to formal acceptance. In addition, all applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' minimum academic standards for admission. External or correspondence degrees are not eligible for consideration.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. curriculum consists of a one-year, two-part seminar and other coursework as required by a student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination and defense of their dissertation proposal. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the LL.M. program, except in the case of students applying through the UBC-MLS Degree Partnership, a candidate must have a J.D., LL.B., or its equivalent from an approved law faculty. In addition, all applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' minimum academic standards for admission. External or correspondence degrees are not eligible for consideration.

Program Requirements

The LL.M. program combines coursework with the preparation of a thesis of acceptable quality. Students are required to complete successfully 36 credits of work, of which 20 credits are allocated to the thesis, 12 credits to coursework (usually comprising four one-term courses, seminars, or directed research projects), and 4 credits to the required Master of Laws seminar.

Master of Laws (Common Law)

The LL.M. (Common Law) degree is a one-year, full-time non-thesis degree, with a two-year part-time option. The program is designed to provide academic training introducing accomplished lawyers from other legal systems to Canadian law and to common law concepts and methods.

Admission Requirements

To enter the LL.M. (Common Law) program, except in the case of students applying through the UBC-MLS Degree Partnership, students must possess either a foreign or a non-common law Canadian professional law degree.

Program Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete 30 credits of coursework, consisting of one of LAW 505 Canadian Public Law, LAW 515 Canadian Private Law: Contractual Obligations and Remedies, or LAW 525 Canadian Criminal Law (5 credits); one of LAW 560 Seminar in Topics in Common Law Theory and Practice (3 credits) or LAW 530 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (4 credits); and at least 21 credits of graduate-level courses or seminars (including up to 6 credits from designated 300- or 400-level J.D. courses or seminars).

It is expected that full-time students will complete the program in 12 months (May - April or September - August). Part-time students will normally complete the program in 24 months.

Master of Laws in Taxation

The LL.M. in Taxation degree is a one-year course-based professional program designed to provide specialized training in tax law, policy, and practice.

Admission Requirements

Except in the case of students applying through the UBC-MLS Degree Partnership, admission will be open to students with a J.D. or LL.B. from a Canadian or non-Canadian law school, as well as other candidates with a relevant undergraduate degree, a superior academic record, and significant work experience in the field of tax. In addition, all applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' minimum admission requirements. For master's degree programs, the requirements are as follows:

  • Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC with one of the following:
      - A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
      - Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants with international credentials, including degrees from non-Canadian universities, must consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for information about admission requirements for applicants with international credentials.

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. The examining body must send results directly to the Graduate Program in the Allard School of Law. The Graduate Program in Law requires:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 100, of which the reading, listening, and writing component minimum is 75;
  • IELTS: minimum overall band of 7.0 with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0; or
  • GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

While UBC's English Language Institute offers an Intensive English Program designed to prepare students for graduate study in English, the law school still requires students who complete the program or other English language training courses to demonstrate proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations.

Program Requirements

The LL.M. in Taxation is designed as a one year, full-time course-based degree (with a part-time option). It consists of a total of 30 credits, including 16 required credits in tax law and policy courses, eight elective credits in tax law and policy courses, and up to six elective credits in other law courses. For most full-time students, two academic terms plus an introductory intensive course taught in August will be required to complete the course requirements.

Required courses will include an introductory intensive course on Fundamental Concepts in Tax Law (LAW 561, 2 credits), Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (LAW 562, 3 credits), Taxation of Partnerships and Other Flow-Through Entities (LAW 563, 3 credits), International Taxation (LAW 565, 4 credits), and Tax Law and Policy Workshop (LAW 566, 4 credits).

UBC-Melbourne Law School J.D./L.L.M. Degree Partnership

Candidates applying to one of the Allard School of Law's L.L.M. programs through the UBC-MLS J.D./L.L.M. Degree Partnership should consult the UBC-MLS J.D./L.L.M. Degree Partnership description for further information on the eligibility requirements specific to the partnership agreement.

Contact Information

Graduate Program, Peter A. Allard School of Law
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Email: graduates@allard.ubc.ca
Web: http://www.allard.ubc.ca/admissions/graduate-degree-programs

Joanne Chung, Graduate Program Administrator [for LL.M. and Ph.D.]
Tel: 604.822.6449
Fax: 604.822.9486

Tania Astorino, Director, Graduate Certificate and Professional Programs [For LL.M. (Common Law) and LL.M. (Taxation)]
Tel: 604.822.0308
Fax: 604.822.9486

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