REMINDER: The deadline to apply for the program starting in September 2013, was November 1st, 2012. The deadline to apply for the program starting in September 2014, is November 1st, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. All documents must be sent to OLSAS directly.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa offers students an unparalleled learning environment. Common Law is one of the largest law schools in Canada and receives by far the largest number of applications from prospective students each year. While we offer 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.
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.
The school offers many combined programs. The Civil Law Section of the Faculty provides you with the opportunity for comparative studies and the possibility of receiving joint JD/LL.L. degrees. 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 combined program. The Telfer School of Management JD-M.B.A. program allows students to obtain concurrently their law degree as well as an M.B.A. degree from Ottawa. The combined JD-M.A. program allows graduates to receive, with their law degree, an M.A. from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Our newest combined program is 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. Under the new model, students registered in the PDC are students of both Sections and, therefore, subject to the academic regulations of both Sections. Applicants must be fluent in both French and English to apply to this program.
Each year, our programs and course offerings are revised to reflect the interests and needs of Canada's diverse communities.
We are 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. A new clinic in Environmental Law also opened its doors this year.