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Five reasons to choose Osgoode

  1. Gain an advanced understanding of Canadian law: Discover the uniqueness of the Canadian legal landscape. Master skills-focused areas such as legal research and writing, while specializing in your areas of interest through elective courses. This is the only program of its kind in Canada.  
  2. Study at a world-class institutionFor over 125 years, Osgoode Hall Law School’s mission has been the pursuit of academic and professional excellence and justice through law.  Osgoode has led some of the most important innovations in Canadian legal education.  
  3. Dedicated student support: Academic and career development support help maximize your success.  
  4. Internationally renowned faculty: Learn from some of the leading minds in Canadian law and leverage their experiences to accelerate your growth. 
  5. Join a network of over 600 students: Build relationships and study with professionals from around the globe right in your classroom. These are your future friends, clients and colleagues.  

Intake every Winter. Next program starts Winter 2025.  

Our program by the numbers


months to complete 


required courses 


elective course options 

Yanki Gur,

NCA Candidate

”Academically, the Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law gave me a very good foundational knowledge of the Canadian legal system. The introductory courses – Introduction to Private Law and Introduction to Public Law – helped me to see the Canadian legal system as a whole, so it made me more confident.”

Lara Merjane,

LLM, Corporate Lawyer, The Ross Firm Professional Corporation 

"[Osgoode's program] was a great base for the more specific law courses of the LLM, as it had introductory classes to private and public Canadian law. When the time came to get into more detail about administrative and constitutional law, or torts and contracts, I had already had some sense of how a lawyer in a common law jurisdiction would go about these subjects."

Create your future and make history with us.

Osgoode has been shaping the future of legal education since 1889. 

As Canada’s largest and most diverse law school, Osgoode has earned a global reputation for attracting talented students and top-tier faculty. 

We prepare tomorrow’s leaders through our unmatched range of courses and innovative approach to teaching that integrates legal theory and experiential learning. Our passion for community engagement, an unparalleled student experience, service to society, thought-leading scholarship, and accessibility in all of its many forms is what defines our values and our commitment to breaking new ground in legal education.

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Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law  

Build a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system.  


program of its kind in Canada 

Rihan Billah,

LLB, LLM, Legal Administrator, PwC Law LLP

"It helped me to understand the concepts of the legal arena and paved my way towards my LLM in Canadian Common Law. The courses were well structured and the instructors also made the course materials both interesting and interactive."