Law Faculty

PhD in Law
Academic regulations

Consult the program description

Graduate 3-325-1-0

Academic regulations for graduate and postdoctoral studies (page in French)

Studies in this program are governed by the educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the following provisions:

1. Admission requirements
To be admitted as a regular student to the LLD program, candidates must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements (section XI) of the “Règlement pédagogique de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales” (educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
  • Have an LLM from Université de Montréal or a degree deemed equivalent.
  • Have obtained a grade-point average at the graduate level of at least 3.3 out of 4.3 or the equivalent.

Students must have satisfactory knowledge of French and English.

1.1 Additional documents to submit with your application

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from respondents (preferably university professors, including the candidate's master's thesis supervisor) who know the candidate personally and who can directly assess their research abilities by referring, ideally, to specific work produced by the candidate that the respondents were able to assess formally or informally.
  • A two-page (maximum) submission outlining the candidate's educational and professional goals in applying to the doctoral program, demonstrating their motivation to undertake a large-scale research program and explaining all the circumstances that may have affected their past academic performance.
  • A four-page (maximum) submission briefly describing their research project (even in an embryonic state).
  • A copy of a major research paper (100 pages minimum, excluding appendices) previously produced by the candidate (e.g., a master's thesis). Please email this document to the PhD technician.

2. Status
Students must be registered as full-time. In some cases, the dean may allow a student to register as half-time (in exceptional cases).

3. Duration of program
The minimum duration of the program is six full-time sessions. The maximum duration of the program is 15 sessions or 18 sessions if you began your studies as half-time.

4. PhD Comprehensive Examination
As part of the PhD in Law, students must take the written and oral components of the comprehensive exam by the end of the fourth session of the program, excluding preparatory or “on leave” sessions. However, according to the “Règlement pédagogique de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales” (educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) (132A), if by the sixth session they have not done so, the dean may exceptionally grant them an extension of one session (maximum) upon presentation of a reasoned request before the deadline.