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WELCOME TO Osgoode Professional Development Part-time LLM. Agenda. 7:00 pm – Introductions (and What to Start Thinking about Now) – Jacqueline Chrétien, Associate Director, Academic Programs, OPD 7:25 – Essential Administrative Info – Deirdre Hussey, Collette Murray, Eriona Voci

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WELCOME TOOsgoodeProfessional DevelopmentPart-time LLM

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  • 7:00 pm – Introductions (and What to Start Thinking about Now) – Jacqueline Chrétien, Associate Director, Academic Programs, OPD

  • 7:25 – Essential Administrative Info – Deirdre Hussey, Collette Murray, Eriona Voci

  • 7:45 – Academic Policies You Need to Be Aware Of - Jacqueline

  • 8:00 pm – Break – Meet Your GPA

  • 8:10 pm - Professor Neil Brooks, Academic Director

  • "Getting the Most out of Your Graduate Studies: Writing Research Papers that Enrich and Deepen Your Knowledge of the Law and Allow You to Experience the Pure Joy of Learning"

  • 9:00 pm - Conclusion

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People to Know at OPD

Graduate Program Assistants:Deirdre Hussey ([email protected] 416-597-9735) – Intellectual PropertyCollette Murray ([email protected] 416-597-9728) – Administrative Law and GeneralEriona Voci ([email protected] 416-597-9171) – Criminal Law

Other staff to know:

Paul Wye ([email protected] 416-619-4350) - Technology Support Assistant

Amanda Feeser ([email protected] 416-597-9731)- Coordinator, Administrative ServicesBarry Williamson ([email protected] 416-597-9731) - Coordinator, Administrative Services

Your Program Director(s) and Instructors

Professor Neil Brooks ([email protected]) - Academic Director, OPD

Jacqueline Chrétien ([email protected] 416-619-4354) - Associate Director, Academic Programs, OPD

Victoria Watkins ([email protected] 416-597-9734) - Director, OPD

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Program Structure - Courses

  • 36 credits to graduate

  • Courses typically 3.0 or 6.0 credits

  • Specializations – certain courses are required; certain number of credits within specialization may be required; you may need to do courses outside to get the required credits

  • General – no required courses but there are some prerequisites

  • Refer to calendars

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Program Structure - Courses

  • Courses are scheduled as weekly or intensives

  • Distance students – note that some courses must be attended in person

  • Preparation required!

    • intensives – reading materials provided 3-4 weeks in advance

    • weekly – week before – hand-outs/course website

    • proviso

  • Attendance required!

    • if absence unavoidable: up to 4 hours of a 3.0 credit course/ 8 hrs of 6.0 credit

    • Over that – additional assignment

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Research Requirement

  • 2 options

  • Major Research Paper (70 pages) – worth 6 credits

    • one term is devoted to writing the paper (usually in 2nd year)

    • decide as soon as possible

    • need an approved supervisor

    • must take Advanced Legal Research workshop before the MRP term

    • must do this if want to continue in grad studies beyond the LLM

  • 30 page paper

    • must be done as the method of evaluation for one of your courses

    • can be any course

    • let instructor know asap

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Brushing Up on Research Skills

  • Familiarize yourself with what is available in the Osgoode and York libraries - check out the library website – http://library.osgoode.yorku.ca

  • Library orientation will be done during first course

    • General students – if not taking the first course in a specialization, register for Advanced Legal Research Workshop

  • Take extra workshops on doing on-line research (before your paper or take-home test is due!)

  • Ask for help from the librariansGeneral Information 416-736-5205 [email protected] 416-736-5206 [email protected] 416-736-5207 [email protected] Loans 416-736-5588 [email protected]

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Financial Matters

  • Program Fee billed in 6 equal installments (invoice is on Passport York)

  • If you finish early, still must pay the full Program Fee

  • If take more than 6 terms, must pay the Faculty of Graduate Studies “domestic fee” per term to continue enrollment (up to 12 terms maximum)

  • Very limited needs-based financial assistance available

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When and Why You Need to Contact Your GPA

  • To register for each term before:

Registration Deadlines:

Winter term – January 15th

Summer term – May 15th

Fall term – September 15th

Register before the deadline to avoid the $200 Late Fee

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When and Why You Need to Contact Your GPA

  • Any change in contact info/status (see also Passport York)

    • this includes address for materials delivery

  • Any issues with taking a course/attendance

  • Any questions/problems re microsite

  • To turn in assignments – electronic by email - hardcopy to OPD receptionist or by mail to GPA

  • For all LLM questions…

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Passport York

  • YOU must activate your account (GPAs cannot do this)

  • Allows you to access:

    • Financial statements and transactions (invoices NOT mailed)

    • Academic record and grades

    • T2202 Tax Forms (NOT mailed)

    • Ensure you keep your personal info up-to-date (GPA cannot do this)

    • https://passportyork.yorku.ca/ppylogin/ppylogin

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YU Cards

  • Get your YU card from GPA once registered

  • This is your student card – also your library card

  • Can use on campus for gym, etc.

  • Need it to check out library materials but also need it to access on-line library materials (plus your Passport York account)

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Information Portals

Program & Course schedule

Recorded Lectures


Password set by GPA

Your GPA

Deirdre Hussey - IPCollette Murray – Administrative Law & GeneralEriona Voci – Criminal Law

OPD Program / Course Microsites


Information & help with

Go to for assistance


Student Records

$ Financial – your account

Your contact info

You set your own password

Passport Yorkhttp://www.yorku.ca/yorkweb/currentstudents/ppystudents.html

Passport York

Go to for assistance

Information & help with

Elecronic Resources (Quicklaw…)Need YuCard & Active Passport York Account

Law Library

Information & help with

Law Library


Go to for assistance

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Important Academic Policies

  • Ethics approval


  • Academic honestyhttp://www.yorku.ca/grads/policies/academichonesty.htm

    OPD is committed to ensuring the highest standards of academic honesty and follows the policy and practices set out in the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Academic Honesty Policy. This policy can be found at: http://www.yorku.ca/grads/calendar/facultyregulations.pdf

    There is also an academic integrity website with complete information about academic honesty. All York Faculty and Students are expected to review the materials on the Academic Integrity website: http://www.yorku.ca/academicintegrity

    As an investigative aid, OPD utilizes the text matching tool “Turnitin” and follows the guidelines of York University. These can be found at: http://www.yorku.ca/academicintegrity/textmatching-guidelines.htm

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Additional Policies

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar

    • http://www.yorku.ca/grads/calendar/index.htm

  • Part-time LLM Student Handbook – takes priority

    • http://www.osgoodepd.ca/pt-llm_current_students.html

  • Regarding various matters

    • Leaves of absence

    • Grading scale

    • Grade appeals

    • Etc.