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McGill University

Region: Ontario Answer # 913

The Faculty of Law at McGill University was established in 1848, making it the oldest Faculty of Law in Canada. Located in Montreal, Quebec, it is situated in four graceful nineteenth century mansions and a modern, six-story building found partway up Mount Royal, looking down on the main campus and the city’s commercial hub.


Degree Programs

The structure of McGill’s undergraduate law program focuses on both Civil Law and Common Law. This allows students a wide choice of courses in public and private International Law, including Human Rights and International Business Law.

McGill offers the combined BCL/LLB program, leading to degrees in Civil Law and Common Law. It also offers two joint programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/LLB), and the Master of Social Work (MSW) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/LLB).

The Faculty also offers graduate programs including a Master’s, a Doctoral and a Graduate Certificate program.



Candidates to McGill’s undergraduate law program must have a minimum of two years (60 credits) of university studies, or a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) from a Quebec College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP).

McGill’s integrated program is offered in a bilingual environment. Candidates must demonstrate substantial reading ability in, and aural comprehension of, both English and French. Applicants are not required to take the LSAT; however, if a candidate has taken or will be taking the LSAT, the score will be considered.

Students with a French Baccalaureate from Quebec, such as from Collèges international Marie de France or Stanisla, are also eligible to apply.

Enrolment / Student Body / Faculty

There are usually over 1,200 applicants for first-year, while only about 175 students are enrolled. The total number of students for all three years is approximately 650. The faculty totals about 50 full-time and 53 sessional members.


Expenses and Financial Aid

Full-time tuition for McGill University Faculty of Law is approximately $4,000 per year for Quebec students, and $8,000 per year for non-Quebec Canadian students.  The estimated costs of books and supplies are about $1,000, while off-campus rental apartments range from about $350 to $1,200 per month. A variety of awards, bursaries, and entrance scholarships are available. Financial Aid is also available.


Activities and Services

McGill offers a wide range of activities and organizations to students, including:  Graduate Law Student Association; Innocence McGill; Law Students Association; Legal Information Clinic; Pro Bono Students Canada-McGill; and the McGill Law Journal.

McGill Law has a long-standing tradition of supporting international human rights dating back to Prof. John Peters Humphrey’s drafting of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Current members of the Faculty represent political prisoners, and through development projects promote women’s rights and minority rights globally. Students interested in this work can apply for international internships in many parts of the world, putting their legal education to practical use.

Graduates of McGill Law find career opportunities worldwide. Graduates practice in every Canadian province and many American states; while globally, they are engaged in legal and institutional development projects in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. Dozens of alumni have become academics, teaching on every continent, while other McGill graduates pursue careers in international agencies, in government, and in journalism.

For more information, visit McGill University, Faculty of Law.

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