Graduate studies in law 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 this unique opportunity to pursue a Research LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School while serving as a Graduate Student Fellow at the Refugee Law Laboratory.

One position is available for the 2022-23 academic year, under the supervision of Professor Sean Rehaag. This position is reserved for candidates with substantial technical expertise that can help advance the mandate and the projects of the Refugee Law Laboratory. There is no need for a legal background.

Competitive funding packages are available. Students will be provided a workspace at the Refugee Law Laboratory and will be integrated into day-to-day operations at the lab – including attending lab events, supporting individual projects and potentially serving as co-authors on publications. Students will also have opportunities to attend and present on their research at conferences. Because we anticipate that students in these positions will likely not have law degrees, special arrangements have been made to assist students in their transition to graduate legal studies, including access to introductory courses in the summer prior to beginning the program.

Application Process:

There is a two stage application process for this position.

Stage 1: The first stage involves expressions of interest to the Refugee Law Lab, which can be submitted here by 1 December 2021.

Stage 2: Candidates who are shortlisted at Stage 1 will be provided with additional information about how to apply to the second stage. Stage 2 applications will be assessed through the Osgoode Hall Law School graduate admission process.

Due to the rolling admissions process at Osgoode Hall Law School, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.


  • While everyone is encouraged to apply, international candidates should be aware that positions in Osgoode’s Research LLM program for international students are especially competitive.
  • Candidates with law degrees are welcome to apply, but to be eligible such candidates must also have expertise (either through degrees or through work experience) with the technical fields that this opportunity prioritizes.
  • For potential graduate students without backgrounds in the technical fields that these positions prioritize, Professor Rehaag continues to be available for supervision through Osgoode’s regular graduate program application process.
  • More details about Osgoode’s graduate programs are available here.