About the Common Law Section
The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa offers students an excellent learning environment. Common Law receives by far the largest number of applications from prospective students each year. Here are but a few of the reasons why students choose uOttawa Faculty of Law, Common Section:
While uOttawa offers rich course offerings in all areas of the law, few law schools can match our strength in e-commerce, intellectual property, and other areas of law and technology. The law school also enjoys a particularly exceptional program in international law as well as a strong focus on legal issues related to social justice and environmental law.
The teaching faculty hosts many recognized national and international scholars, including four Canada Research Chairs, one University research Chair, and two other endowed Chairs.
The Advantages of Studying in the National Capital
Our location in the national capital, within walking distance of Parliament and the Supreme Court and various government departments and tribunals, enhances our capacity to deliver a wide range of specialized courses in other areas of public law, including constitutional, administrative, and aboriginal law.
A Wide Array of Combined Programs
The school offers many combined programs.
The National Program - The Civil Law Section of the Faculty provides students with the opportunity for comparative studies and the possibility of receiving combined JD/LL.L. degrees.
The Canadian and American Dual JD Program - Our agreements with American University's Washington College of Law & Michigan State University College of Law allow University of Ottawa students to obtain both the Canadian JD and the American JD in a four-year dual credential program.
The JD-MBA Program - The Telfer School of Management JD-MBA Program allows students to concurrently obtain their law degree as well as an MBA degree from uOttawa.
The International Affairs Combined Degrees - The combined JD-MA Program allows graduates to receive, with their law degree, an MA from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
The Programme de Droit canadien - The PDC is a three-year program which allows students to obtain both degrees in less time than is required to follow the JD and LL.L. consecutively. Applicants must be fluent in both French and English to apply to this program.
The Combined BA/JD program – This program allows students to obtain a BA in Political Science and an JD in 6 years. The program is offered exclusively in French. For more information, please consult:http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/programs/combined-programs/jd-bsocsc-specialization-in-political-science.html
Exciting Course Offerings
Each year, our programs and course offerings are revised to reflect the interests and needs of Canada's diverse communities.
Opportunities for Involvement
The uOttawa Faculty of Law is also home to the Human Rights Research and Education Centre. The Centre directs various student volunteer projects in the human rights field and sponsors distinguished visitors.
In 2003, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, the only one of its kind in Canada, opened its doors.
For those who wish to obtain hands-on experience, the University of Ottawa Legal Aid Clinic is one of the largest legal aid clinics in Ottawa.
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Ecojustice (formerly known as Sierra Legal Defence Fund), Canada’s largest environmental law organization, to establish Canada’s first interdisciplinary Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.