We are proud to report that the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law is among the 100 best law schools in the world! According to Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings, the Faculty places 92nd out of 190 universities worldwide and 5th out of all Canadian law schools. This is an excellent achievement!
Over 180 first year students in the English Program participated in the annual Nelligan Moot November 9-11, 2019. The preliminary rounds occurred on Saturday November 9th where teams of two appellant counsel faced off against two respondent counsel in 46 hearings adjudicated by 72 volunteer judges consisting of members of the Nelligan firm, Ottawa bar, Nelligan moot alumni and other upper year students.
Exposure to multiple modes of problem-solving is essential for developing creative legal minds of the future that are capable of responding to the growing complexities and non-traditional problems we will face throughout our careers.
On November 19th and 21st, 2019, Faculty of Law students had the opportunity to sit in on two federal immigration court hearings. Both hearings were held in the Ian G. Scott courtroom. Students, guest lecturer Laila Demirdache, LLB 1997 and LLL 1998, and professors watched the proceedings behind the soundproof glass wall in the adjoining classroom.
On October 11th, 2019, uOttawa Common Law - Ecojustice Clinic successfully held the Ontario government accountable for breaching Ontarians’ environmental rights: Two of three judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the Ontario government acted illegally when it killed the province’s cap-and-trade carbon price without doing public consultation with Ontarians as required by the Environmental Bill of Rights.
The University of Ottawa team competed in the 2019 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition in the regional qualifying round and the international round. The team was represented by Ariel Wheway (3L JD/MA), Christina Emberley (3L), Emily Sheard (3L), and Leah Cummings (3L).
MakerLaunch is an initiative that supports University of Ottawa students or recent alumni in their entrepreneurial goals by helping them to launch new start-ups and fast track the commercialization of their technologies.
The program was founded by University of Ottawa alumni and is managed by two-time alumna Midia Hassan. In addition to access to a pool of talent, mentors and coaches, the program offers entrepreneurs a seed grant of $50,000 earned over nine months of milestones.