Frequently Asked Questions
Q -1. Can I apply to the joint MA/JD program after I have completed my first year in the JD program?
A-1. The joint MA/JD program will generally not admit students who have already commenced the first year of their law studies
Q-2. At the Graduate Level, what are my options in International Law?
A-2. For any questions regarding graduate studies at the Faculty of Law, please contact the Graduate Studies office:
Tel.: (613) 562-5774
Email : llmphd@uOttawa.ca
Website : http://www.llmphd.uottawa.ca
Q-3. What is the selection process for the International Law Option?
A-3. There is no selection process. Once you are accepted at the JD program, you simply have to complete the requirements. For more details concerning the requirements of the International Law Option, click here .
Q-4. Who should I speak to in order to make the International Law Option official?
A-4. To be designated with the International Law Option, after completing all the requirements, fill out the International Law Option Form and then contact Professor Penelope Simons by email at Penelope.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q-5. Is the International Law Option part of the Common Law Program? Or it is a distinct program?
A-5. The International Law Option is the opportunity to concentrate your studies in International Law while completing your JD. It is part of the JD program.
Q-6. If I am registered in the Programme de droit
canadien, can I still complete the International Law Option?
R-6. Yes, students registered in the Programme de droit canadien can benefit from the International Law Option as long as they complete all of the necessary credits.
Q-7. If I wish to focus my legal career on International Law, what would be an appropriate starting point?
R-7. One piece of advice relates to how one develops an alternative legal career. Alternative legal careers require you to think outside-the-box in a manner that standard legal careers do not. A standard law firm career is almost a default option since entry is made easy through a formalized interview and hiring process. If you want to do something different, you have to be entrepreneurial. That means a couple of things: do not assume, for instance, that a freshly-minted degree from any university is an automatic entrée into your alternative career of choice. These degrees qualify you for the job – they don’t get it for you. Academic success is a prerequisite of course, but what makes the difference may be what you do outside of the classroom. Language skills, for example, are important for international work. More immediately, volunteering and internships place you on the market and allow you to become known to people who work in the sector of interest. Those contacts can make the difference. For this reason, while in the program, you should be out there making your services available in internships and volunteering. We offer an array of such opportunities, but the best ones may be the ones you develop yourself. Many students, by dint of their own efforts, have spent summers working with international NGOs, UN agencies, international criminal tribunals or the like. Sometimes jobs like this pay or include a stipend, but often they don’t. It’s not easy to develop alternative legal careers, but when it works, it can lead you down all sorts of unexpected and exciting paths. The bottom line is this: don’t wait for the degree – get out there!