LLM for Non-Lawyer Technologists
Do you have a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, statistics, computer science, software engineering or related disciplines? Are you interested in deploying your knowledge and skills in the bourgeoning legal tech and legal analytics field? Would you like to learn about the human rights impacts of these technologies – and to help nudge the development of these technologies in directions that advance social justice, including justice for refugees and other people on the move?
If so, consider applying to Osgoode Hall Law School to pursue a Research LLM under the supervision of Refugee Law Lab Director Professor Sean Rehaag. The Lab is eager to support candidates with technical skills who can help advance our mandate and projects. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, successful candidates will also be eligible for paid part-time work on Lab projects. No prior legal education is required.
LLM for Lawyers Interested in Coding
Are you a lawyer (or a holder of a JD/LLB/BCL) who is interested in learning about coding, AI, and other computational research methods? Do you want to explore legal analytics and new legal tech — and to critically engage with these fields through human rights and social justice lenses? Would you like to draw on your existing legal skills to contribute to projects at the Refugee Law Lab, while also developing new skills related to quantitative empirical research, coding, data mining, machine learning, predictive algorithms, artificial intelligence and automation?
If so, consider applying to Osgoode Hall Law School to pursue a Research LLM under the supervision of Refugee Law Lab Director Professor Sean Rehaag. The Lab is interested both in lawyers who already have coding or other technical backgrounds, and in those who are looking to learn these skills for the first time. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, successful candidates will also be eligible for paid part-time work on Lab projects.
General Graduate Studies (LLM / PHD)
In addition to welcoming Research LLM applications from non-lawyer technologists and lawyers interested in developing coding skills, Professor Sean Rehaag is also available to supervise other students in Osgoode Hall Law School’s Research LLM and PHD programs. He is particularly interested in students pursuing projects involving refugee law, immigration law, access to justice, judicial/administrative decision-making, gender/sexuality, and law & technology. Research projects that go beyond standard doctrinal legal research methodologies are especially encouraged.
Candidates apply through Osgoode Hall Law School’s graduate studies admissions process. Note that due to the rolling admissions process at Osgoode Hall Law School, candidates should apply as early as possible. The admissions process typically opens in mid-October.
While not required, candidates (especially those without law degrees or lawyers interested in developing coding/technical skills) are strongly are encouraged to reach out in advance to the Lab by completing this form at least one month before they plan to submit their application to Osgoode Hall Law School.
NOTE: While everyone is encouraged to apply, international candidates should be aware that positions in Osgoode’s graduate programs for international students are especially competitive.