A law school experience designed to fit your career.

The part-time Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law, is designed for working professionals who don’t have a formal legal background (students without a JD/LLB degree). Students will leave the program with a deep understanding of Canadian law in the key areas of public and private law. It covers foundational aspects of the Canadian legal landscape, including Canada’s legal history and structure; skills-focused topics, such as legal research and writing; and more specialized topics, through elective courses of your choice. Learn from expert faculty and network with professionals across a variety of industries. Build a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system for your professional and academic goals.

Who should apply?

Professionals in Canada without a law degree who have significant work experience and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of Canadian law for professional purposes.

Course Requirements

What to Expect

The part-time Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law is designed to be completed in 16 months (four terms). New students are admitted every Fall. Classes are seminar-style, delivered through live video conferencing. Students are required to complete 18 credits of course work, including 12 credits of required courses, followed by 6 credits of elective courses.

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Required Courses

GDFC 6201

Canadian Legal Research and Analysis

GDFC 6202

Academic and Applied Legal Writing

GDFC 6203

Introduction to Canadian Public Law

GDFC 6204

Introduction to Canadian Private Law

Program Start and Application Deadlines

The diploma accepts new students once each calendar year, in the Fall term. 

Fall 2024

Applications Closed

If you would like to be considered for late application, please Contact Us.

Tuition and Fees

Part-time students pay in four installments over four terms.

Please note that the tuition/fees displayed here are subject to change, and may vary depending on your entry term.


$2,475.00per term for 4 terms


$4,911.64per term for 4 terms


Students are also subject to supplementary fees including health benefits. Find out more about supplementary fees here.

Admission Requirements

Applicants without a law degree must have an honours bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall “B” (75%) average or (or equivalent) and at least two years of relevant professional experience involving exposure to legal or regulatory issues

Acceptable English language proficiency (see requirements) 

How to Apply

Create Your OsgoodePD Applicant Profile

Create an applicant profile in our online application portal. This portal allows us to gather your information, transcripts, and other documents electronically. You will receive an email with directions outlining how to create a new password for your application, along with a link to access the application.

Upload Application Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact Information for Two References
  • Transcripts
  • Official Proof of Language Proficiency (if applicable)

For more information, see our Application Documents to Upload section.

Pay and Submit

Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $130 CAD application fee.

Wait for Review

Timelines for decisions vary by program, but we will be in touch if we have questions about your application or need more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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