Comparative Law

McGill University

Ph. D. On Campus
48 months
19082 CAD/year
4782 CAD/year
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The extensive and impressive history of graduate teaching and supervision at McGill, combined with the innovations in legal pedagogy for which the Faculty of Law is celebrated, create an unrivaled quality and experience for graduate students.


Doctoral students in Comparative Law are encouraged to think about the nature and value of comparative scholarship both through coursework (particularly the Legal Traditions course, which is recommended for DCL students in Comparative Law) and through their doctoral thesis. 

The programme

As such, students are encouraged and given opportunities to explore how juridical analyses are enriched through openness to learning with diverse research methods, theoretical frameworks, legal traditions and doctrines, languages, and disciplinary perspectives.

The Institute of Comparative Law offers the D.C.L. program in Comparative Law, which allows the development of substantive and original contributions to legal research and knowledge under the supervision of a faculty member.

The degree will be awarded, at the earliest, after the completion of three years of residence in the Faculty. The core of the D.C.L. program is a substantial thesis of up to 400 pages that makes a significant contribution to legal scholarship, evidencing in concept and execution the original work of the candidate. 

The thesis must be submitted within 4 years of the completion of the residency requirement. Every candidate must successfully pass a comprehensive examination, after one year which may occur in the first year of the program, but no later than the end of the second year of the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Examination-Comparative Law
  • Theoretical Approaches to Law
  • Legal Research Methodology for DCL
  • Literature Review, Analysis and Proposal
  • DCL Research Seminar
  • Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • A research supervisor
  • Study permits/student visas

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19082 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9541 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4782 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2391 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.


McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is working to increase the number of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. Our competitive funding support offers, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

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