A tradition of excellence

Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law has been recognized for its excellence since the very beginning. It stands apart from other great law faculties, because of its unique combination of intellectual pluralism and groundbreaking scientific research conducted by professors and students in numerous fields of law. This mission is undertaken in a truly diversified cultural environment that contributes to the intellectual development of our students.

The Faculty is committed to providing students with a rigorous and innovative education that combines traditional legal concepts of social phenomena and the development of research capabilities with an interdisciplinary approach. To what end? To help students become the accomplished and engaged world citizens of tomorrow. This undertaking, which dates back to the very foundation of the Faculty some 135 years ago, is more pertinent today than ever before, given that we are preparing new generations of jurists to confront constantly changing legal and social contexts.

Mission

The Faculty’s mission is to contribute to the furtherance of legal knowledge and to encourage students to excel. It is accordingly this institution’s primary objective to present students with high-level education and to undertake research that is both rigorous and innovative.

A leading Faculty in a world-class city

Of North America’s major cities, none is more European than Montreal

  • Named by Lonely Planet as one of the best student cities in the world
  • Classed among the cities that offer the highest quality of living in the world, notably because of its affordable housing, incomparable cultural diversity and multiple award-winning design and architecture
  • Classed among the safest cities in Canada
  • Considered as a transport hub, located close to Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto and very close to the Canadian-American border (New York State and New England)

Live and study at Université de Montréal

Studying at Université de Montréal also means living in a cosmopolitan North American city with a pronounced European identity. Much appreciated for its distinctive hybrid culture, Montreal offers a socially stimulating environment where students can enjoy cultural experiences that will complement their intellectual development.

The campus, located on the flanks of Mont Royal, is in the heart of the student quarter and only a few subway stations away from the dynamic downtown core. There is an instant appeal in both the multiple housing options on offer and the effective public transport system.

Over the years, Montreal has produced numerous international stars, ranging from Arcade Fire and Cirque du Soleil to Leonard Cohen and Céline Dion. The city regularly plays host to several festivals and exhibitions and is visited by dance troupes of international renown. Those with more classical tastes will certainly appreciate performances by the illustrious Montreal Symphonic Orchestra or a visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, while more adventurous spirits will feel right at home on Montreal’s indie music scene.

Life in the Faculty of Law: A Source of Everlasting Memories!

Student life certainly plays an important part in the university experience because it gives graduates a strong sense of belonging to their faculty. Immediately in their first year, students start building close ties with one another and can exercise leadership with respect to the student association and other university and social committees. The lessons learned extend far beyond the classroom.

Students of the Faculty are grouped into two associations, the Association des étudiants en droit à l'Université de Montréal (AED), for undergraduates, and the Association des cycles supérieurs en droit (ACSED), for graduates and postgraduates. Both these associations are members of the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM). Furthermore, the members of their respective boards of directors sit on the council of the Faculty as well as on its other committees.

Programmes taught in:
English
French

This school also offers:

LLM

Université de Montréal Law Faculty

Uniquely tailored for international students seeking an edge in the competitive field of international business law, our LL.M. Business Law in a Global Context offers stu ... [+]

Uniquely tailored for international students seeking an edge in the competitive field of international business law, our LL.M. Business Law in a Global Context offers students advanced knowledge of North American law, comparative law, and international law, in addition to addressing the growing complexity of law in a globalized world. The program is conceived in such a manner as to equip participating students with significant analytical and research skills.

The following topics feature among the courses offered:

Western Legal Systems Common Law Aspects of Commercial Transactions Business Organization and Governance Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy Intellectual and Industrial Property Electronic Commerce Law International Commercial Dispute Resolution Legal Aspects of International Finance International Tax Law for Business Lawyers Globalization and Emerging Economies International Economic Crimes Legal Practice in Canada ... [-]
Canada Montreal
August 2019
English
Full time
12 months
Campus
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Université de Montréal Law Faculty

The Comparative Common Law LL.M. intends to meet the training needs of jurists and foreign students interested in a program that considers the globalization of exchanges, ... [+]

This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in the methodology as well as the substantive and procedural rules of the common law tradition. It is particularly well-suited for jurists trained in the civil law tradition who wish to understand the foundational elements of the common law tradition in a global context where lawyers with civil law and common law backgrounds regularly interact.

The Comparative Common Law LL.M. intends to meet the training needs of jurists and foreign students interested in a program that considers the globalization of exchanges, the economic integration of the Americas, and the specific legal needs arising from those events. With a theoretical, critical, and pragmatic approach, the program includes various educational methods including lectures, seminars, and problem-based learning.... [-]

Canada Montreal
January 2020
English
Full time
12 months
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Université de Montréal Law Faculty

This program responds to the reality of an increasingly interconnected world that requires jurists to deal with various legal systems from both the civil law and common l ... [+]

This program responds to the reality of an increasingly interconnected world that requires jurists to deal with various legal systems from both the civil law and common law traditions. Renowned professors from various countries join the faculty of the Faculty to share the foundations of their legal systems.

This program offers courses such as:

Methodology and epistemology of comparative law. Civil law, influence and competition games. German private law. Private law of the Ibero-American States. Private law of the Asian states. Right of the Common Law. Private Arab-Muslim law. Comparative law of family and people. Access to justice and conflict resolution in comparative law. Indigenous law. ... [-]
Canada Montreal
August 2019
French
Full time
12 months
Campus
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Université de Montréal Law Faculty

The LL.B. program is an opportunity for a student to delve deeper into a subject, both in the major areas of law and in certain specialized fields. ... [+]

The LL.B. program is an opportunity for a student to delve deeper into a subject, both in the major areas of law and in certain specialized fields.

LL. M. Business LawLL. Mr. International LawLL. M. Technology and Information LawLL. M. TaxationLL. M. Notarial LawLL. Mr. Law - Research

Admission criteriaHold a law degree from the Université de Montréal or a diploma deemed equivalent;Have obtained, at the 1st cycle, the microprogram or the DESS, an average of at least 3.0 out of 4.3 or the equivalent.

Candidates averaging 3.0 to 3.3 or the equivalent must provide additional exhibits listed on the Faculty of Law website at admission.umontreal.ca/programs/ Mastery-in-law-2 / admission-and-regulations;... [-]

Canada Montreal
August 2019
French
Full time
12 months
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PhD

Université de Montréal Law Faculty

The Innovation, science, technology and law option enables students to think about the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues concerning innovation in diverse fields, incl ... [+]

The Innovation, science, technology and law option enables students to think about the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues concerning innovation in diverse fields, including biotechnologies and medicine, information technology and computer science, natural resources and the environment.

A solid curriculum blending theoretical and applied perspectives

The courses are taught by first-rate professors and part-time faculty of practicing lawyers relying on approaches blending theoretical and applied perspectives. In addition, students have the opportunity to conduct applied research or do an internship in public or private organizations in Canada or abroad.

Internationalization and comparative law ... [-]
Canada Montreal
August 2019
English,French
Full time
2 years
Campus
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Université de Montréal Law Faculty

The PhD is essentially a thorough basic research program. The pedagogical activities are oriented towards the development of the student's thesis project. ... [+]

The PhD is essentially a thorough basic research program. The pedagogical activities are oriented towards the development of the student's thesis project. Students benefit from the expertise of specialists in all major areas of law. The co-supervision, provided by two professors, is quite common, because it allows the use of complementary expertise. Doctoral candidates must pass mandatory and oral and written examinations before starting to write a thesis on the subject of their choice. The thesis aims to develop the ability to design and implement a major research project that makes an original contribution to the development of the legal discipline. It also aims to develop the student's ability to present the results of his research in a clear, orderly and convincing manner.... [-]

Canada Montreal
August 2019
French
Full time
2 years
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