Admissions » Admission to LL.M.

We are pleased to accept your application to our LL.M. program until December 15 in the year prior to admission. All applicants admitted to the program will be considered for fellowships; no separate application is required.

Canadian / US / International Applicants

Term Start Date Deadline
Fall 2021 (now open!) September 2021 December 15, 2020

Please note, applications are not reviewed until after the deadline.


Minimum Requirements

  1. Admission to the program requires at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last two previous years of full-time university study (60 credit hours), and possession of a common law or civil law degree (LL.B. or J.D. or equivalent).
  2. Proficiency in English can be demonstrated by:
    i)  Possessing a university degree from Canada or one of the countries on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List.
    ii) Successfully completing an English Language Proficiency Test.

All applicants must be admitted by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Graduate Students.

*The term primary language is defined as that language which is most commonly used in homes, communities and daily commerce in your native country.


Application Process

Applications are available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The in addition to transcript(s), each of the following documents are required:

Statement of Intent The statement of intent should be no more than 2 pages double-spaced and must include the following:

  • a brief description of the area of legal study (1 para)
  • how an LLM will help you achieve your career or academic goals (1-2 paras)
  • what steps you have taken to ensure you are prepared to engage in intensive research and academic writing at an advanced level of legal graduate studies (1-2 paras)
  • how an LLM undertaken at the University of Manitoba will assist you in advancing your goals (1-2 paras)
  • what resources and research expertise at the University of Manitoba will help you achieve your goals (1-2 paras)
Proposal The Proposal should be no more than 3-4 pages and must include the following:

  • a description of the area of law or legal study you intend to pursue including the specific area of legal concentration or specialization you are proposing to pursue (1 page)
  • proposed research topic including a thesis statement or specific research question(s)
  • your method for answering the research question(s); if you are planning on doctrinal analysis, explain which research resources will be of most use to you.
  • explain how you are experienced or educated in your proposed research area
  • the original contribution of your project to legal research
  • the impact your work will have on the discipline
CV The CV should include the following:

  • what you are doing presently (school, work, etc.)
  • your standing in your law degree or legal studies degree (i.e. quartile, percentile, ranking etc.)
  • education history (list all degrees completed or undertaken but not completed or expected date of completion)
  • work history including professional certifications
  • academic awards, prizes or scholarships or other achievements
  • extra-curricular activities while in law school
  • publications if any
Recommendation Letters Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. If possible, two of the letters should be from academics. One letter of recommendation may be from an employer.

Applicants are strongly advised to provide additional materials demonstrating research potential (i.e. copies of publications and other written works). Please email publications or other written works to lawgrad@umanitoba.ca. Be certain to provide your GS applicant number in the subject line.

Given the competitive quality of the LL.M. program, satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Completion of our research intensive, thesis-based LL.M. does not entitle the degree-holder to practice law in Canada.


2020-21 Cost of Attendance (LL.M.): Tuition and Non-Instructional Fees in Canadian Dollars

Year 1 Year 2
Canadian Students Tuition Fee: $5,340.76 Continuing Fee: $1,000 ($500 per term)
International Students
Tuition Fee: $11,749.80
Continuing Fee: $1,000 ($500 per term)
Non-Instructional Fees, including health insurance (approximately)
$1,300.00
$1,300.00

*Disclaimer: Fees are approved annually by The University of Manitoba Board of Governors. In the event of a discrepancy between the fee rates approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fee rates approved by the Board will prevail. Students will be notified of any corrections that result in a re-assessment of their student account.


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