Certificate in Common Law in French (CCLF)

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the new Certificate in Common Law in French (CCLF), which we are launching through an initial partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

The CCLF will allow incoming students with competencies in French the unique opportunity to obtain a Certificate in French Common Law from the University of Ottawa during the completion of the three year University of Saskatchewan J.D. Program. 

This joint program is the first of its kind in Canada, and will allow selected students the opportunity to gain valuable skills in French legal writing and advocacy as well as a deep understanding of the important issues surrounding language rights in Canada. 

Selected students will complete an exchange in Ottawa, compete in a moot court competition with teams throughout Canada, be paired with experienced mentors in the legal profession, and have the opportunity to complete a credited internship with law firms, organizations and government actors that work in French. 

These unique experiences will give participating students the necessary tools to offer legal services in French upon graduation. The CCLF is a first step towards a varied and rewarding career, including:

  • opening doors to prestigious clerkships with the Supreme Court of Canada, the federal courts and the federal public service;
  • accessing legal careers where legal training and proficiency in both official languages is an asset;
  • contributing legal services to the Francophone community, in the language to which they are entitled;
  • contributing to the administration of justice in both official languages; and
  • becoming part of a network of 1,000 alumni of the uOttawa French Common Law Program who share this unique training, recognized for its excellence in Canada and around the world.

The CCLF will be open to students entering their first year of studies in the University of Saskatchewan J.D. program. Interested students must submit a 500 word personal statement, in French, describing why they are interested in the CCLF.

For more information on the CCLF and future partnerships, please contact: Professor Caroline Magnan, Director, CCLF Program, at cmagnan@uottawa.ca.

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