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Future LLM Students

University of Manitoba Faculty of Law

Robson Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada
Phone: 204.480.1485
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Law school exterior. Deciduous trees are in view.Welcome to the Graduate Program at Robson Hall Law School. Established in 1914, the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba offers an intellectually stimulating environment to domestic and international students seeking a graduate education in law. We are committed to fostering theoretical, doctrinal, and interdisciplinary scholarship of national and international significance.

Our Master of Laws degree or LLM Program is an advanced, thesis-based, research-intensive program that attracts students from across Canada and around the world. The degree is designed for completion within one year. During that year students work closely with excellent, dedicated professors with a diverse range of research interests. A dynamic intellectual environment is fostered by workshops, seminars, and roundtables that graduate students are encouraged to attend.

We pride ourselves on our ability to offer individualized, careful supervision for each of our graduate students. We are also very proud that many of our graduate students receive fellowship funding. In addition to fellowships and support for conference travel, we offer graduate students their own private study room, the David T. Sgayias Centre, and full access to the fully networked E.K. Williams Law Library, both located on the Research and Graduate Studies floor of the Law School.

Our graduate student body is culturally and academically diverse. Students from North America, Central America, Africa, and Asia have graduated from our LLM program and have found intellectually stimulating careers in teaching, research, policy, and practice. (See Featured LLM Graduates.)

All of these students have felt welcomed in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city. Winnipeg is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada. Our city boasts vibrant First Nations, Métis, francophone, and multicultural communities, with nearly 100 languages represented. In addition to wonderful arts, culture, and music scenes, Winnipeg is home to sports teams and many other entertainment activities that take place in all four of its contrasting seasons. Reasonably priced housing, on and off campus, makes Robson Hall Law School one of the most affordable law schools in Canada.

As the associate dean of research and graduate studies, it is my job to ensure that your graduate education at Robson Hall is the best it can be. My office is committed to supporting self-directed learning, fostering the timely completion of your LLM, and providing exceptional administrative and academic support. We look forward to meeting you!

Mary J. Shariff
Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies)
Executive Director, Legal Research Institute
Phone: 204.474.9776

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

The Master of Laws (LLM) Program at Robson Hall, University of Manitoba, is a thesis-based program that permits students to develop an in-depth, critical understanding of a particular area of law. Please see our Faculty Supervisors for an indication of the areas of law in which we have supervisory expertise.


Admission to the program requires at least a B average (3.0 CGPA) in the two most recent years of full-time university study (60 credit hours), and possession of a common law or civil law degree (or equivalent). Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based test), or a 7.0 in each section of the IELTS academic model.


A male student poses in front of an open laptop.The deadline for submitting applications is December 15 of the year preceding the year for which admission is sought (e.g., December 2015 for September 2016 admission).

Applicants Must:
  1. Apply online at UMGradConnect.
  2. Provide a concise thesis proposal defining the area of legal study to be pursued; 1–2 pages.
  3. Include a recent curriculum vitae or résumé.
  4. Provide three recommendation letters.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide additional materials demonstrating research potential (i.e., copies of publications and other written works). This can be emailed to Marie Jivan at

Given the competitive quality of the LLM program, satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Completion of our LLM does not entitle the degree holder to practice law in Canada.

Once you are admitted, you will be registered as a student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. You will need to familiarize yourself with the Academic Guide: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Regulations, Policies, and Procedure found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is your source of information on accommodations, deadlines, funding, and graduate student services.

International students are encouraged to contact the International Centre for Students.

The Graduate Students’ Association represents the rights and interests of all graduate students. It also offers some financial support—including funding to participate in conferences—to graduate students.


Winnipeg at sunset.For more information, please visit Master of Laws—LLM, or contact:

Mary J. Shariff
Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Robson Hall
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Phone: 204.474.9776
Fax: 204.474.7580

For questions about admissions, fellowship administration, or financial aid, please contact:

Marie Jivan
Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator
Phone: 204.480.1485

You must keep the law faculty and the Faculty of Graduate Studies informed and up-to-date on all your contact information, including your home address, your address during your studies here, your email address, and your telephone number.


  • Domestic students pay approximately $4,595 CAD + $1,168 for noninstructional fees.
  • International students pay approximately $10,108 CAD + $1,168 for noninstructional fees.


You must be in attendance at the University of Manitoba on a full-time basis for one academic year, September to May, in the year of your admission. All coursework must be completed during this period. In rare cases, with your supervisor’s approval and with the approval of the associate dean of research and graduate studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you may receive an extension to complete your thesis.


Your LLM program consists of three courses and a written thesis. The program is designed for completion in one calendar year.

The Graduate Legal Research and Theory (LAW 7110) course offered in the fall term is a mandatory course. You must also successfully complete two additional courses relevant to your research area. One of these courses may be taken outside the Faculty of Law. Course selection must be approved by your supervisor. A grade of B or better is required in all three courses.

Ideally, two of the three courses should be completed in the fall term, leaving more time in the winter term for thesis work. All coursework requirements must be completed by the end of April. The final version of the thesis must be completed no later than the end of August, for October convocation/graduation.


In addition to your coursework, you must complete a thesis of 90–120 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font. Your citations must comply with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) unless your supervisor approves a social sciences citation style. Your supervisor is responsible for approving all aspects of your thesis, including research, scope, direction, and content.

The deadline for completion of your thesis is the end of August. In order to complete your thesis on time, it is essential that you make steady progress on it throughout the year. You must arrange regular meetings with your supervisor to finalize your topic, discuss your progress, and write your outline or thesis proposal. Please note that if your research involves interviews, strict rules govern research methodologies that implicate human subjects. It is your responsibility, in conjunction with your supervisor, to ensure that these ethical rules are adhered to.

By early December your research should be well advanced and your proposal should be submitted to your supervisor. At that point, you and your supervisor can set a schedule for chapter completion in the new year. Thus, in January, you should begin to complete draft chapters of your thesis and submit them to your supervisor for comments. Your entire thesis should be complete by July 1. This deadline is important because your supervisor and an external reviewer (see below) both need time to review your thesis and make suggestions for change, and then you will need time to implement those changes. The process of review and revision takes more time than you might expect. It also takes place during the summer when professors and reviewers typically take their holidays. Therefore, in order to ensure completion of the review and revision process by August 31, the final draft of your thesis must be ready by July 1. Students who hand their completed draft in after July 1 are advised that we cannot ensure that the review and revision process will be complete before August 31, in which case graduation in October also cannot be guaranteed.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets the requirements for format, binding, and the number of copies of your thesis that must be submitted (two). You must also submit three copies of your thesis to the associate dean (research and graduate studies), one of which will be given to your supervisor.

Students are responsible for meeting all deadlines and for fulfilling all requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Law LLM Program.


As a graduate student, your supervisor is the central person in your life. Your supervisor is responsible for directing and approving all aspects of your LLM program, courses, and thesis. You should be in close and regular touch with your supervisor from the start, to the end, of your program.

You have been assigned a faculty supervisor with expertise in your chosen area of study. Your supervisor is responsible for directing all aspects of your thesis work. This includes regular consultation on thesis design, research and content, advice on course selection, and approval of the thesis. Supervisors must be tenured or tenure-track members of the Faculty of Law. A lawyer not on the Faculty of Law who has strong academic qualifications, national reputation, and publications or other established credentials in a particular field of study, may be appointed supervisor, consequent on appointment as an adjunct to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

You should look to your supervisor for academic guidance throughout the year. It is each student’s obligation to maintain close and regular contact with his or her supervisor. You should discuss your supervisor’s expectations in this regard at the beginning of the year. You should report on your progress throughout the year. By doing so, your supervisor will be aware of when he or she will need to allocate time to review your work and as a result you will not generally experience undue delays in getting comments and feedback.

Please see Guidelines for Students and Supervisors.

External Reader/Reviewer

On July 1, when your thesis is complete to the satisfaction of your supervisor, it will be sent for review to a professor outside the Faculty of Law who has scholarly expertise in your research area. This external reader or reviewer will be selected by your supervisor, in consultation with you, and will be approved by the associate dean (research and graduate studies). After evaluating your thesis, the external reader will submit a written report. The external reviewer may approve the thesis as is, recommend revisions, or reject the thesis. When the report is received, you will discuss it with your supervisor before proceeding with revisions.

Important Dates

Date Thesis Schedule
October 15 Finalize topic and research plan
Early December Submit research proposal to supervisor
Mid-December Set writing schedule for chapter completion
January Submit first chapter for supervisor’s review
June 1 Annual Progress Report due at FGS
July 1 Thesis finished and submitted to supervisor
August Thesis completely revised, finished, and submitted to FGS
October Convocation/Graduation

Fellowships and Funding

Robson Hall Fellowships

Many of our LLM students receive fellowships. There is no separate application process for fellowships or funding. All applicants to the LLM program are automatically considered for fellowships upon receipt of completed applications, including supporting materials.

Robson Hall Faculty of Law offers the following LLM fellowships:

  • Asper Fellowship in International Business and Trade Law
  • Desautels Graduate Research Fellowship in Private Enterprise and the Law
  • Right Honourable Brian Dickson Graduate Fellowship
  • Samuel Freedman Graduate Fellowship
  • David T. Sgayias Graduate Fellowship
  • Adalsteinn Fridrikson Kristjansson Graduate Fellowship

There are no teaching assistantships available within the Faculty of Law since the faculty does not use teaching assistants in its undergraduate program.

University of Manitoba Fellowships

The University of Manitoba offers the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) for which there is no separate application process. All applicants to the LLM program are automatically considered for the UMGF.

Travel Grants

The Faculty of Law has limited funds available to sponsor graduate student travel when the student has been invited to present her or his work at a conference.

Library and Photocopying

When you are registered, you will obtain a University of Manitoba ID card that also functions as your library card. You have full, university-wide library access, in addition to full access to our fully networked law library. The law school will also issue you a code to permit you access to the graduate student photocopier.

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