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Doctor of Philosophy Law

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
The Doctor of Philosophy in Law is a full-time, research-based, terminal degree that is designed for students with an LLB or JD and, normally, an LLM. The four-year degree provides an opportunity for lawyers and legal researchers to focus on advanced research. The program is catered to those individuals aspiring to academic appointments in law faculties and those who wish to acquire specialized knowledge and transferable, resilient competencies in order to distinguish themselves in a competitive labour market in which legal knowledge and skills are assets.

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

  • Program Type Doctoral
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 3 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Law requires:

a) Completion of an undergraduate degree in Law (e.g. JD or LLB), normally with a minimum grade point average of 3.30.

b) Completion of a Master’s degree in Law or other appropriate and relevant Master’s, with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. The typical successful applicant will have a GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0-point scale.

c) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL Internet-based score of 97, with a minimum of 25 on the reading and writing components; or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 7.0, with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0; or a PTE score of 68; or a CAEL overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 70 on writing and reading sections. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of “A-” in the Academic Writing and Composition course, a minimum grade of “A-” in the Research Writing and Form course, and a minimum grade of “B+” in other courses.

d) Two reference letters, ordinarily academic. At least one reference letter should be written by someone who has worked with the applicant at the Master’s level and who is well familiar with the student’s past work and research proposal.

e) An indication of possible supervisors.

f) A writing sample.

g) A 10-page statement describing the applicant’s research interests and proposing a dissertation project.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $4,878.00 Year One
  • Tuition $3,678.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,226.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated August 29, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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