LLM

Graduate studies in law for (non-lawyer) technologists

Do you have a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, statistics, computer science 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.

Two positions are available for the 2021-22 academic year, under the supervision of Professor Sean Rehaag. These positions are reserved for candidates with 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 may not have law degrees, special arrangements have been made to assist students in their transition to graduate legal studies, including access to special introductory courses in the summer prior to beginning the program.

Applications for these Research LLM positions are submitted through Osgoode’s research graduate programs application process. Applicants should include an indication in their proposal that they are applying to the Refugee Law Lab Fellowship.

Applications are now open here. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by March 15, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply early because admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are also encouraged to reach out to refugeelab@yorku.ca well in advance of applying to discuss their interest, enclosing: (a) a cover letter; (b) a CV; and (c) unofficial transcripts.

Notes:

  • 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.