Master of Laws (LLM)

Meet Nikolas Sopow, LLM candidate in Law

Supervisor: Mohamed Khimji

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Law degree from Queen’s University and B.A. from the University of Victoria

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
Western Law has a strong background in corporate law, which is my area of interest.

Where is “home” for you?
Victoria, British Columbia

Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My thesis examines the legal standards that directors of corporations are held to, particularly compared to American and English law.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
Access to the expertise and general experience of my colleagues, professors, and supervisor.

What is your “dream” career?
In-house counsel at a larger corporation in Toronto.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Be sure to identify every possible source of funding, and discuss how to apply for it with members of the law faculty. Law has many unique funding sources outside of typical graduate funding.

What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
The law building has a particularly good coffee shop.

Do you serve on any Department, Faculty, or University committees? If yes, which ones?
I am on the Graduate Policy Committee.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I am friendlier than I look.

How do you de-stress?
Beer and Netflix.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Susuana Kwaning (
Graduate Program Assistant

Faculty of Law

Western University
Law Building Rm 239
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88422
f. 519-850-2412

Western Law offers two program options for those wishing to complete an LLM.

The traditional Thesis-Based Option aims to foster advanced research and scholarship in law, and is best suited for students wishing to pursue academic careers. This program offers training in key theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to legal research and analysis. Graduates will be equipped to contribute to scholarly and political debate, and to develop answers to many emerging questions about the role of law in society.

The Project-Based Option, which was approved to commence in September 2016, is aimed at legal practitioners and recent law graduates who wish to enhance their professional credentials. Students in this program choose from a wide range of elective courses, allowing them to deepen their expertise in a particular field. Students also complete a Major Research Project designed to reflect their professional or academic interests, focusing on legal or policy issues requiring complex real-world solutions.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms (Full-time study)
  • 6 Terms (Part-time study)

Program Design

  • Full-time study or part-time study
  • Project-based or thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at

Admission Requirements

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent with a minimum average of B (74%) in the last two years of full-time study.

Additional Requirements

  • A sample of academic writing, such as a research paper, thesis or a published journal article. The subject matter of the academic writing sample must be legal.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • January 15 - Acceptance notifications begin in January and continue until the middle of the summer
Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee. If you are considering making a late application, please contact the Graduate Assistant ( to confirm there is space available in your chosen program.