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.

Program Requirements
  • National Program students must complete a minimum of 30 common law units during one academic year, including:
    • Contracts - 3 units
    • Torts - 3 units
    • Property - 3  units
    • Civil procedure - 3 units
    • Professional responsibility and the practice of law - 3 units
    • Studies in common Law and equity - 3 units
    • Electives - minimum of 12 units (subject to regulations below)
  • National Program students must complete a minimum of 30 common law units during one academic year, including:
  • This is a bilingual program and students are required to take their mandatory courses in either language as determined by the section each year.  Elective courses may be taken in either French or English. Students are expected to be sufficiently fluent in both languages to be able to read the materials assigned and to actively participate in class.
  • Students must satisfy the major paper requirement of the Common Law Section.
  • Students must achieve a minimum final GPA of 3.5 to successfully pass the program.
  • Students cannot enrol simultaneously in the National Program and any other full-time program such as the École du Barreau du Québec.

Regulations for selection of elective courses

  1. National Program students are not permitted to enrol in the following courses:
     
    • Courses that are essentially identical in content to those that the student has already completed before commencing the National Program;
    • School Sponsored or Student-Proposed Internships except where, in the opinion of the Director of the Program, the student has evidenced that a demonstrable common law content exists; or
    • Competitive Moot courses except where, in the opinion of the Director of the Program, the student has evidenced that a demonstrable common law content exists:

      English Moots and Bilingual Moots with a common law content:

      French Moots with a common law content:


      For all other moot courses please contact the director of the program regarding their common law content.
      • ARNUP Cup Criminal law
      • CORPORATE SECURITIES Moot
      • JESSUP Public International law
      • LASKIN Constitutional/Administrative law
      • VIS Private international Law
      • WILSON Equality s. 15
      • WALSH Family Law moot
      • Tax law moot
      • MONCTON OTTAWA Private law
      • GUY-GUERIN Criminal law
      • ROUSSEAU Public International Law

2. Students who have taken one of the mandatory National Program courses before entering the program must replace that course with elective units as part of their minimum 30 units.

3. The 30 units does not include CML courses already taken by the student before entering the National Program.

Course Sequence

National Program (JD) students entering as of September 2016

 

YEAR 1 – 30 units (10 courses)

  • CML 4341 Contracts/CML 4741 Les contrats (3 units)
  • CML 4342 Torts/CML 4742 Délits civils (3 units)
  • CML 4347 Property/CML 4747 Droits des biens (3 units)
    *Students must take CML 4347 during the January term for the academic year 2016-2017.
  • CML 4144  Civil Procedure I/CML 4544 Procédure civile I (3 units)
  • CML 4145  Professional Responsibility and the Practice of Law/ CML 4545  La responsabilité professionnelle et les enjeux de la pratique de droit (3 units)
  • CML 4146  Studies in Common Law & Equity/ CML 4546  Études en common law et Equity (3 units)
  • Optional CML courses (12 units)1

  

Students must satisfy the major-paper requirement of the Common Law Section.  

The 30 units must not include courses taken by the student before entering the program or courses that are substantially the same as courses taken by the student before entering the program. 

Students who have taken a required course before entering the program may not repeat that course as part of their minimum 30 units. 

 

Note(s)

1

 The January intensive term is mandatory for all National Program students.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher is required for the success of the program.
  • Students cannot enroll simultaneously in the National Program and any other full-time program such as the Barreau du Québec.
  • National Program students are not permitted to enroll in courses that are essentially identical in content to those that the student has already completed before commencing the National Program;
  • In the National Program, students cannot enroll:

- in courses whose content is essentially the same as for courses before starting the National Program;

- in internships sponsored by the faculty or individually offered, unless they provide evidence of a common law content that the Director of the National Program would judge acceptable, or

 - in competitive moots, unless they provide evidence of a common law content that the Director of the National Program would judge acceptable.

  

Bilingual competitions with a common law content: 

ARNUP Cup Criminal law, CORPORATE SECURITIES Moot, LASKIN, Constitutional/Administrative Law, WILSON Equality s. 15, WALSH Family Law moot

Tax law moot

  

French moot competitions with a common law content: 

MONCTON OTTAWA Private Law, Criminal Law GUY GUERIN

 

For any other competitive moot and common law content, please contact the program director. 

Students who have previously completed courses at the Common Law Section, including the required courses of the National program before being admitted to the program must replace these courses with other electives to meet the minimum requirement of 30 units.

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