Registering for the Option

IMPORTANT: You must be currently enrolled in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law JD program in order to register for the Option in Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions.

Do I register for the Option in Aboriginal Law before I have completed all the requirements?

No. There is no special procedure to register for the Option in Aboriginal Law during the regular annual admission process. Once they have completed their first year of legal studies, law students may take the compulsory and optional courses required to satisfy the requirements of the Option in Aboriginal Law, including a Major Paper in an approved course. Once the requirements have been met, students may visit the Common Law Student Centre to complete and return a form demonstrating that they have met the requirements and wish to have Aboriginal Law noted on their transcript. This usually occurs during the winter term of the student's final year of study.

Registering for the Option in Aboriginal Law once you have completed the requirements

  1. JD students who wish to receive formal recognition of an Option in Aboriginal Law must complete 18 units in the field of aboriginal law. (See requirements)
  2. Once the required units have been achieved, students should obtain the registration form.
  3. Students must complete the form to identify which qualifying courses they have completed and to identify their Major Paper.
  4. The form must then be signed by the Option in Aboriginal Law Coordinator and returned to the Common Law Student Centre for processing.
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