JD National Program
The National Program of the Common Law Section at uOttawa is designed to immerse graduates of Canadian civil law schools in the common law tradition. This 8-month program leads to a “JD – National Program” degree.
Because of its unique heritage, Canada is constitutionally bijural and bilingual. The aim of the National Program has always been to produce “National Lawyers”, lawyers who understand and appreciate the full richness of Canada’s diverse legal traditions.
Who Should Enrol in the National Program?
- Persons who want to practice law in Canada or abroad, in a common law context. Please note however that obtaining a JD in no way guarantees legal employment in Canadian common law jurisdictions. In particular, requirements relating to articling positions vary among jurisdictions and the availability of these positions reflects the demand for legal services.
- Persons who intend to practice law in Quebec with firms or organizations who deal with national and international matters.
- Persons wishing to work in the bijural and bilingual atmosphere of the federal government and related organizations.
- Persons wishing to work internationally where knowledge of both legal traditions is invaluable.
Why the National Program at uOttawa?
The National Program at the uOttawa differs from other programs offering a common law education to civil law graduates in several important ways:
- Created in 1972, the National Program is one of Canada’s oldest and best regarded bijural and bilingual programs.
- While other common law schools simply place civil law graduates into their regular first year JD. classes, uOttawa’s National Program is a true stand alone program, offering a challenging and tailor-made curriculum.
- The National Program is offered by a full-service Canadian common law school. All National Program courses are taught by gifted professors who also teach in the main three-year common law program.
- An effort is made to replicate the classic first year common law experience in which common law methodology and content are typically implanted. However, the keystone courses of Contracts, Torts, and Property are designed exclusively for National Program students, to respect their prior knowledge in Canadian law and to allow for fruitful comparative law analysis.
- The uOttawa Common Law Section is one of Canada’s largest law schools offering one of the richest set of courses, in English and French, anywhere in the world. National Program students complete a minimum of 12 credits drawn from these offerings, and study alongside upper year common law students in these courses.