January Term Information

Important information, please read carefully

General

  • Effective January 2004, the term that begins during the first week in January and runs until April, known as the "winter" or "second" term, shall be divided into two separate terms: the January Term and the Winter Part II Term.
  • The Faculty, student body, administration, staff and January Term committee commits to making their best efforts to ensure that the January Term is implemented in a manner that ensures access and promotes equity at the Law School.                                                                                                                                

Scheduling

  • The January Term shall begin the first day of the University of Ottawa's regular Winter term. The January Term shall continue until the Friday immediately following the completion of 14 scheduled teaching days.
  • The January Term shall be immediately followed by a one-week Winter break during which there shall be no classes scheduled or taught.
    • The Winter Part II Term shall begin the Monday immediately following the Winter break and run until the last day of the University of Ottawa's regular Winter term.

Academic Requirements for Upper-year Students

  • All full-time Common Law students including students in the National Program must enroll in one course and one course only during the January Term. Ordinarily, the January Term course will be a three unit course and each student shall take 3 units during the January Term. In other cases, there will be developed 4 unit courses, 2 units of which shall be obtained in January and 2 in the Winter Part II Term. 10-14 units must be taken during the Winter Part II Term.
  • The January Term course for each full-time student in the English, French and National Programs shall be selected from a range of courses offered in the January Term format. Each January Term course shall contain a minimum of 13 hours of classroom instruction or their equivalent per unit, and a maximum of 3 hours of classroom instruction or their equivalent per day.
  • The Winter Part II Term courses for each full-time student in the English and French Programs shall be selected from a range of courses adapted to the Winter Part II Term format. During the Winter Part II Term, each two unit course shall contain a minimum of 26 hours of classroom instruction or their equivalent (approximately 3 hours per week); each three unit course shall contain a minimum of 39 hours of classroom instruction or their equivalent (approximately 4 hours per week); each four unit course shall contain a minimum of 52 hours of classroom instruction or their equivalent (approximately 5 hours per week).
  • Notwithstanding the above, any NPSIA combined program student who is enrolled in an upper year NPSIA course during the second semester (January - April) may "opt out" of the January term course by so informing the academic coordinator prior to the expiry of the add-drop period for January Term. Such students would be required to satisfy the ordinary unit requirements of 10 - 14 units in the Winter Part II term in addition to the 3 units recognized for the NPSIA course.

Course Options

  • The Common Law Section is committed to offering a broad range of courses during the January Term, in both English and French. There will be variety with respect to teaching styles, course components, evaluation methods, and subject-matter.
  • Any three unit course currently within the Common Law Section's bank of offerings can be offered during the January Term, including CML 2101 Moot Court, CML 2501 Tribunal école, CML 3351 Directed Research / Recherche dirigée and any inter-faculty mooting competition sponsored by the Section and held during the January or Winter Part II Terms.
  • Two new three unit courses shall be created to accommodate novel offerings during the January Term, CML 4114 Selected Topics for January Term, and CML 4514 Problèmes choisis pour le trimestre de janvier.
  • Two new four unit courses shall be created to accommodate novel two unit offerings during the January Term, with a continuing 2 units in the Winter Part II term, CML 4200 Selected Topics for January and Winter Part II Term, and CML 4600 Problèmes choisis pour les trimestres de janvier et hiver partie II.
  • Anyone enrolling in a Directed Research during the January Term must be supervised by a full-time faculty member, or by a supervisor approved by the Assistant Dean, and must remain in residence during the three weeks of the term.

Course Selection

  • Each spring, an information package containing proposed course offerings and timetables for the upcoming Fall, January and Winter Part II Terms shall be made available to assist upper-year students in planning their academic program. Any changes to the proposed course offerings and timetables shall be promptly communicated to students.
  • Upper-year students shall file their selection for the upcoming Fall, January and Winter Part II Terms on or before a date to be fixed from year to year.
  • With respect to all three terms, the course selection form shall solicit alternative choices, in the event that it becomes impossible to satisfy all indicated preferences.
  • In the case in which student demand for a course in January exceeds the number of available places, students will be selected to enroll in the January course according to the same system of priority as applies in the Fall and Winter Part II Terms.
  • The Student Centre shall administer a course selection modification period for the Fall, January and Winter Part II Terms. The length of this period may vary from term to term. With respect to the January Term, students wishing to change their course selection will generally be required to submit the necessary form prior to the seventh scheduled hour of instruction in the course to which the student seeks entry. With respect to the Winter Part II Term, students wishing to change their course selection will generally be required to submit the necessary form prior to the end of the first week of instruction.
  • The first hour of scheduled classroom instruction in each upper year January course shall be divided into two 25 minute segments with a ten minute break between. During each segment the instructor shall introduce the course to the students present to assist students to better make informed choices in course selection.

Evaluation

  • Any student may opt to be evaluated in an upper year January Term course on a Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory (S/NS) basis. The election to be evaluated on a Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory basis shall be indicated in writing approximately two weeks after the start of the term, at the Common Law Student Centre, and BECOMES FINAL AT THAT TIME. This election applies to all components of a course's evaluation, including class participation, papers, exams and clinical work. This grade shall not be included in the student's annual and cumulative grade point averages, nor taken into account for the awarding of academic prizes.
  • Where a final exam is part of the method of evaluation for a January Term course, the exam shall be scheduled for the final regularly scheduled class date in the course, and administered in the regular classroom during the regularly scheduled class hours. An examination schedule shall be prepared indicating the exam date, time and place for all such courses. A minimum of one day of study shall also be included in the course's timetable, and there shall be no classroom instruction during this day.
  • The deadline for submission of final grades in a January Term course shall be 10 working days from the later of the date of the last scheduled class, or the date of the final examination.

Course Materials

  • All materials required for a January Term course, including readings and syllabi, shall be prepared in advance, and available no later than 30 days in advance of the first scheduled class of the term. Any concerns regarding compliance with this requirement will be dealt with by the Dean and the Vice-Deans.

Common Law Regulations

  • The Regulations of the Common Law Section shall apply mutatis mutandis to the January and Winter Part II Terms.
    • For greater certainty, the following guidelines shall apply when interpreting the Common Law Regulations once the January and Winter Part II Terms are implemented:
    1. Regulation 1.00 ("Methods of Evaluation") shall not be interpreted as limiting the discretion of a professor in choosing methods for evaluating a January Term course.
    2. Regulation 2.00 ("Courses in other Faculties") does not apply to the January Term.
    3. Regulation 5.00 ("Advanced Examinations") does not apply to the January Term.
    4. Students who obtain a permission to write a deferred exam (Regulation 6.00), a special exam (Regulation 7.00) or a make-up exam (Regulation 16.00) with respect to a course taken during the January Term, shall generally write their exam during the mid-July examination period.
    5. The deadline for applying for a special exam (Regulation 7.00) with respect to a course taken during the January Term shall be March 1st.
    6. The deadline for applying for a grade review (Regulation 12.00) with respect to a course taken during the January Term shall be 30 days after the posting of the January Term grades.
    7. The first sentence of Regulation 16.03 is replaced by the following: "In second- and third-year, students must take between 13 and 17 units during the Fall Term, 2 or 3 units during the January Term, between 10 and 14 units during the Winter Part II Term, and a total of 30 units for the year."
  • The Common Law Directives with respect to class cancellations shall apply to the January Term with the following qualifications:
    1. There shall be no make-up classes during the last week of the January Term.
    2. Professors are not permitted to make-up more than two missed days of instruction.

Professors are permitted to make-up a lecture with an equivalent to classroom instruction. However, this does not apply once the maximum of two missed days is reached.


 

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