Why Choose uOttawa Common Law

Why Choose uOttawa Common Law

The Ottawa Advantage

The University of Ottawa has the largest law faculty in Canada and offers unique advantages thanks to its location in the National Capital, home to the Supreme Court of Canada, the headquarters of the federal government, and a thriving high-tech community.

Moreover, Downtown Ottawa provides access to a wide variety of law-related internship and practicum opportunities across a wide variety of fields, in government departments and beyond.

Ottawa also offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature with nearby cycling paths, ski resorts, hiking in the Gatineau Hills, and the longest skating area in the world, the Rideau Canal.

Diverse Expertise

The Common Law Section is a global and national leader in a wide variety of fields, offering specializations in numerous areas of law, including:

  • Law and Technology
  • Health Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Public Law
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Law and Social Justice
  • International Law

uOttawa’s law school hosts the Human Rights Research and Education Centre; the Centre for Law, Technology and Society; the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics; the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability; the Secretariat of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; and the CGA Tax Research Centre, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge research in their respective fields.

We educate constitutional lawyers for the Supreme Court, international lawyers for around the world, business lawyers for Bay Street and general practitioners for every Main Street.

Real-World Experience

A variety of legal clinics operate in close conjunction with the law school, allowing students to earn course units or undertake internships while working on real legal cases.

We offer a variety of “hands-on” learning opportunities at on-campus centres and clinics including:

  • University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic;
  • uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic;
  • Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic;
  • uOttawa Business Law Clinic;
  • Human Rights Research and Education Centre;
  • Secretariat of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; and
  • The Ian G. Scott Courtroom: a fully functional courtroom where sitting judges hear regular cases.

Exceptional Faculty Members

With several prominent Research Chairs, and countless teaching and research award winners every year, Common Law’s faculty members are truly changing the way Canada’s legal system is practiced, taught and conceived.

Unique Program Options

Because of its unique heritage, Canada is constitutionally bi-juridical and bilingual. The aim of the National Program – the only program of its kind in Canada – is to produce lawyers who understand and appreciate the full richness of Canada’s diverse legal traditions. We also offer the Common Law French Program, training lawyers to improve access to justice in minority Francophone communities.

A Sense of Community

With more than 30 student clubs covering a huge variety of fields and topics, students can undertake educational and social activities outside of the classroom, with students who share their interests.

A Sense of Equity

The Programme de formation pré-droit (Pre-law Training Program) is an equity program funded by the Department of Justice of Canada and offered to immigrants and refugees admitted to a Canadian common law program in French. The program lasts 4 weeks and takes place during the month of August preceding the participants’ first year of study. Learn more

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