French Juris Doctor

The French Common Law Program accepts approximately 80 entering students each year.  The program is offered over three distinct and compulsory terms: the fall term from September to December, the January term over the first three weeks of January, and the winter term from February to April.  Students enrolling in the French or English Program may take courses in the other language.  The opportunity to study law in English and in French is one of the distinct advantages offered at the University of Ottawa.  Students may also enroll in courses offered by the Civil Law Section.

The curriculum and academic requirements in the French and English common law programs are essentially the same.  The French common law program is one of only two programs of this type in the world.  It is designed to respond to the needs of Franco-Ontarians for both French legal education and legal services, and also to train Francophones from other provinces. French program students must take all their compulsory courses and at least 75% of their upper year courses in French, French being the language of instruction and evaluation.

Program Requirements
Course Sequence

J.D. (French) for students entering as of September 2016

 

YEAR 1 - 33 credits (8 courses)

  • CML1506 Introduction à la résolution des différends et au professionnalisme (3 crédits)
  • CML 1508 Droits des biens (3 crédits)
  • CML 1511 Compétences et habiletés juridiques (3 crédits)
  • CML1613 Droit constitutionnel I (3 crédits)
  • CML1704 Législation (3 crédits)
  • CML1602 Les contrats (6 crédits)
  • CML1603 Droit pénal et procédure (6 crédits)
  • CML1607 Délits civils (6 crédits)

 

YEAR 2 - 30 credits (typically 10 courses)1

  • CML2713 Droit constitutionnel II (3 crédits)
  • CML2702 Droit des sociétés (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 crédits)
  • CML2709 Procédure civile I (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 crédits)
  • CML2712 Droit administratif (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 crédits)
  • Optional CML courses  (18-27 credits, depending on registration in upper-year compulsory courses)2

 

YEAR 3 - 30 credits (typically 10 courses)1

  • CML2702 Droit des sociétés (s’il n’est pas complété dans ANNÉE 2) (3 crédits)
  • CML2709 Procédure civile I (s’il n’est pas complété dans ANNÉE 2) (3 crédits)
  • CML2712 Droit administratif (s’il n’est pas complété dans ANNÉE 2) (3 crédits)
  • Optional CML courses (21-30 credits, depending on registration in upper-year compulsory courses)2

 

1 Students must distribute their courses as follows: 
   Fall Term: 13-17 units; January Intensive Term: 3-4 units; Winter Term: 10-14 units

2 By the end of year 3, students must complete one course which satisfies the oral advocacy requirement and one course in which the major paper requirement is fulfilled. 

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