Common Law Section

Common Law Section Programs
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Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

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(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

Combined JD Programs

JD-BSocSc (Specialization in Political Science)

In a multidisciplinary approach, legal studies and the practice of law can be structured with a view to developing and strengthening complementary ties with other related disciplines such as political science, economic and social sciences, international relations or new information technologies, just to name a few. Moreover, the combined JD-BSocSc Program provides lawyers and political scientists with a chance to analyze and understand issues from these two complementary disciplinary backgrounds. Read more...

Programme de droit canadien

The Faculty now offers the new Programme de droit canadien (PDC) allowing students to earn both a JD and an LL.L. in three years, thus opening the doors to the practice of law across Canada and abroad. For more information, please visit the PDC website.

LL.L. - National Program

While common law is practised in the United States, Britain and the Commonwealth countries, civil law is practised in Latin America, in most of Europe and in much of Asia, including Japan. These two legal systems are present in three quarters of the countries of the world (see " World Legal Systems "). Knowledge of both legal systems helps to ensure access to national and international markets in an era of globalization. Read more...

JD National Program

The Common Law Section’s National Program at uOttawa is designed to immerse graduates of Canadian civil law schools in the common law tradition. This 8-month program leads to an “JD – National Program” degree. For more information, please visit the National Program website.


For persons interested in pursuing a career in business law or in senior management in the private sector, there is no better combination than these two degrees.  The Faculty of Law and the Telfer School of Management are pleased to offer this combined program to students who already have work experience or who achieve exceptional results while in law school.  For more information, visit the JD-MBA website.

JD-MA (International Affairs)

The Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University offer a combined four-year program leading to a Master of Arts (International Affairs) and a JD degree. The program is designed for students with a strong interest in international law and relations and provides an excellent basis for a career in government or the private sector, as well as advanced studies in international affairs and international law. Read more...

Canadian and American Dual JD Program

The University of Ottawa offers a unique four-year dual credential program that allows participants to obtain both the Canadian and the American law degrees.  This program is offered jointly by the University of Ottawa and our partner schools in the U.S.

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Last updated: 2009.12.15