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Faculty of Law launches innovative Global Professional LL.M.

November 16, 2010

Unique, executive-style master’s degree focusing on global business law addresses the challenges and changes in today’s business environment

TORONTO,ON – As the challenges of a modern global economy force law firms to rethink their business models and navigate an increasingly complex network of financial regulations, cross-border rules and highly mobile workforces, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law announces the launch of its innovative Global Professional LL.M. program to address these issues and more for the working practitioner.

In the wake of Ogilvy Renault’s merger announcement with international legal powerhouse Norton Rose Group, this timely, forward-thinking degree program—the only one in Canada focusing on global business law—will provide an intensive experience unlike any other currently available in Canada.

“The Faculty of Law’s new Global Professional LL.M. degree addresses the need for further professional education around the globalization of the legal profession, particularly in the area of transactional law,” says Michael Trebilcock, professor of law and Chair in Law and Economics at the U of T law school. “I am confident that the curriculum will offer students a new way to think about their own professional paths and the situations they face on the job.”

A unique, executive-style master’s degree, the GPLLM is a 12-month program offered during evenings and weekends and taught by a stellar combination of distinguished law and business faculty, and leading legal experts.

The GPLLM is specifically designed for practicing lawyers in the private and public sectors, as well as lawyers in corporations, and other business executives and government officials with a strong interest in law. The GPLLM combines the best of the University of Toronto’s reputation for academic rigour with pragmatic real-world expertise.

Based on its innovative curriculum and program-delivery model, the Global Professional LL.M. was selected for presentation at Future Ed 2: Making Global Lawyers for the 21st Century, an invitational conference at Harvard Law School in October 2010.

“Companies with operations offshore need complex and sophisticated legal advice today—ideally a counselor in Canada, who plays a coordinating role, and access to top quality lawyers in other jurisdictions,” says John Claydon of Lex Mundi.  “Corporate lawyers in the future will have to ‘quarterback’ strategically among lawyers from various countries, auditors, regulators, and government officials to get the best results for their clients.”

A panel discussion today at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (“The Future of Transactional Legal Practice”) officially launches the GPLLM, and explores these and other issues currently impacting the legal profession. Moderated by internationally renowned business law expert Prof. Trebilcock, the panel features John Claydon of Lex Mundi, Carole Silver of The Centre on the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University, and Norman Letalik of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.


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For more information, please contact:

Jane Kidner
Assistant Dean
Professional Legal Education

Archana Sridhar
Assistant Dean
Graduate Programs
416- 946-7384

Lucianna Ciccocioppo
External Relations