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University of Western Ontario Law School Degrees - Undergraduate and Graduate

Law undergraduate (LLB) and graduate (LLM, LLD, MJur, JSD, DCL or PhD) degree programs provided by University of Western Ontario.

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Undergraduate Law Degrees

Academically, at the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), including a part-time option (Extended Time LLB), Diplôme de Français Juridique, and Law 101. The LL.B affords concentration opportunities in Businessness Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, Information and Technology Law, and Taxation. Further, the LL.B may be combined with a Bachelor's Honours Program in Media, Information and Technoculture, Computer Science, History, Kinesiology, Engineering Science, or Political Science, Honours Program in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, or a civil law degree from Laval University of Quebec.

The latter, called the Western/Laval Joint Program, 'offers Western and Laval students the possibility of obtaining both a common law and civil law degree after four years of study in both participating institutions.' A joint common law/civil law degree makes graduates eligible for membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec. Students in the Western/Laval program are also eligible for special scholarships. Moreover, upper year LL.B students may spend a term studying abroad, for credit, at one of numerous institutions with which the Faculty is partnered including schools in Australia, China, France, Holland, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the USA, and civil law schools in Quebec.

With approximately 1 in 5 students engaged in an exchange program, the Faculty has, on a proportional basis, 'the largest student exchange program of any law school in North America.' In addition, the Diplôme de Français Juridique, in partnership with the Department of French, affords students the chance to gain 'fluency in written and spoken French for professional reasons,' and Law 101, a special course for undergraduate students not enrolled in the LL.B, provides an 'introduction to Canadian law' covering 'the basic legal areas of most relevance in modern society.'

Graduate Law Degrees

At the graduate level, the Faculty offers a Master of Laws (LL.M), which is a thesis-based degree that may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy specializing in Legal Philosophy. The latter enables students to 'take the first year of the LLB Program within their PhD (Philosophy) course work.'

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