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Mapping the law, bridging worlds

The Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law stands apart from other great law faculties for its unique combination of intellectual pluralism and for the groundbreaking scientific research conducted by our professors and students in all major fields of law.

Whereas our programs are in keeping with both the Romano-Germanic and the common law, they are also real springboards towards the acquisition of knowledge that prepares students to work in diverse legal systems. The Faculty’s students have the opportunity to participate in internships and in mentoring programs, or may choose to pursue their doctoral studies in collaboration with a foreign university, within a cotutelle (double doctoral degree) program.

By offering you a truly North American experience, while cultivating its European roots and extending its networks to numerous developing states, the Faculty of Law succeeds better than any other in bridging worlds.

Stéphane Rousseau
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research


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Short Graduate Program

Looking to get specialized training in a particular area of law?

This short-term graduate program (15-17 credits) allow students to acquire the necessary basic knowledge required to develop a specialization or to pursue further studies in another graduate-level program. It also presents an opportunity for active professionals to gain new skills.

Speciality areas

  • North American common law
  • Business law
  • Information technologies law
  • Labour law
  • International law

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Specialized Graduate Diplomas (DESS)

A short-term specialization in a professional sector

This graduate program (30 credits) focuses on teaching the foundations of a specialization, as well as integration and application of that knowledge. The D.E.S.S. program was designed for professionals looking to refine their training or undertake a short-term specialization. This program comprises 10 courses, 8 of which must come from the area of specialization; namely, business law or international law. 

There are simple formalities for transferring from one program to another—for example, from a Micro-Program to a D.E.S.S or from a D.E.S.S. to a Master of Laws with a supervised research project.

Speciality areas

  • Business law
  • International law
  • Journalism

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Juris Doctor (J.D.) in North American Common Law

The versatility and diversity of law

The J.D. Program in North American Common Law is the only one of its kind in Quebec and Canada. It is the only graduate program that gives Quebec jurists training in Canadian and U.S. common law, based on the comparison between three legal systems. 

The program enables students to acquire the knowledge required to understand how institutions work, as well as the history of Canadian and U.S. common law, in the interest of effectively comparing them with the institutions of civil law.

Thanks to this comparative approach to English-Canadian and U.S. law, jurists will be better equipped to address complex questions using legal knowledge from different systems, which will, in turn, enable them to develop innovative solutions to modern legal questions. An in-depth understanding of private common law is key for Quebec jurists, given the importance of North American economic trade and the spread of legal professions across Canada and the world.

Students must fulfill the specific and very rigorous eligibility requirements for this program before being accepted.

  • 32 mandatory credits

Program director :  Matthew P. Harrington, Professor

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Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Dive into an in-depth research project on a legal question

This Master of Law program offers students the opportunity to comprehensively study a specific topic taken from one of the broad areas of law or from an area of specialization. This research program has two objectives: offer courses that complement general knowledge learned at the undergraduate level and help students develop, through the writing of a thesis, the ability to orient and execute a mid-sized research project in a specific area of law.

With supervised research project or seminars
With thesis

In order to obtain their degree, students must complete a supervised research project or a thesis, according to their research area. Developing research or writing a thesis is at the heart of this program. Students will work in close collaboration with a professor, who will supervise their research projects. The supervising professor is chosen by the student. 

 

Speciality areas– Master of Laws with a supervised research project


North American common law

Business law

Notarial law

International law

Tax law (joint program with HEC Montréal)

 

Speciality areas – Master of Laws with essay


Business Law, with option Presentation  Description (PDF format - in French)

North American business law

Financial markets and products law

International economic relations and business law

Business contract law and practices

 

Information Technology Law, with option  Presentation (in French)

General

Law, information and communications

E-commerce

 

  International law, with option  Presentation (in French)

General

Private international law

International business law

International law, transnational law and justice

 

 Law, with option

Access to justice

Comparative law

Private law

Public law

Penal law

Labour law

Theories in law and ethics

Social law

Environmental and sustainable development law

General

 

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Master of Law in Comparative Private Law (LL.M.)

An international program, where civil systems converge

The Master of Laws in Comparative Private Law program was designed for international students, who wish to learn from the comparison of different legal systems. In one year of full-time studies, students will acquire a historical, comparative and global perspective on private law around the world by analyzing their similarities and particularities, and by studying the evolution of each. This program also offers the opportunity to take optional courses on the fundamentals and methodologies of common law.

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Master' of Laws in Notarial Law (LL.M.)

Notarial law is an important section of the Faculty of Law. This discipline is supported by research work and the activities of the Chaire du notariat de l'Université de Montréal.

The program comprises 54 credits across 3 blocks: 36 mandatory credits, 6 applied mandatory credits and 12 credits for a specialized internship in a professional milieu.

Executive Director - Master in Notarial Law : Thuy Nam Tran Tran

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Business Law in a Global Context (LL.M.)

Master of Laws

Option : Business law in a global context

Exclusively open to international students, this program offers advanced studies in North American law, comparative law and international law, and looks at the growing complexity of law in a globalized world. Students who successfully complete this program will have acquired important analytical and research skills that will enable them to pursue successful, high-level careers. All courses in the program are offered in English only.

Academic Director: Hugo Tremblay, Professor

Executive Director: Kim Francoeur, Assistant to the Dean

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Master in Electronic Commerce

A strategic economic sector on the rise

E-commerce continues to solicit considerable interest from all major players, both nationally and internationally.

This unique graduate program will help students gain an overall understanding of the issues impacting e-commerce, including topics relating to management, information technology and legal frameworks. Practical information is combined with in-the-field experience to help students shine in an increasingly competitive landscape. The Master in E-Commerce Law is an intensive program with a fast-track to the labour market. This program was developed thanks to a joint effort by the Faculty of Law, the Département d'informatique et de recherche opérationnelle (DIRO) and HEC Montréal.

  • 45 credits, including 18 elective credits and 8 credits for a supervised research project

Program co-director: Nicolas Vermeys, Professor

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Programs for Visiting Student Researchers

Students enrolled in another university (or any other university-level institution), may enrol in this Université de Montréal program as a visiting student researcher. This program provides research training that fulfills requirements in their program.

Consult the Guide for Visiting Student Researchers

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