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Giving Tuesday


On December 3, 2019, the University of Ottawa will be participating in Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving. This day is an opportunity for alumni, the University, and members of our community to join together and rally for their favourite cause and think about others. 

As the largest law school in Canada, the University of Ottawa provides the best opportunity in the world to study Canada’s legal systems in English or in French. With an emphasis on critical thinking skills, the Common Law Section’s solid curriculum prepares students for any legal career in Canada or abroad.

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa within walking distance of Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court, it is positioned to not only educate and train the next generation of legal professionals, but also shapes and changes current laws and policies through student experiential learning opportunities.

Your support means a world of difference to law students who need additional assistance in achieving their educational and career aspirations, and helps provide world-class learning experiences.

The Common Law section of the Faculty of Law has identified these three priority projects for the 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign, but you are invited to give to other initiatives

To learn more or to make your donation by phone, we invite you to communicate with Holly Lielkalns, Development Officer, Common Law section, at or at (613) 562-5800 ext. 3269.


Support to indigenous law students who are advocates in their communities.

The Indigenous Scholarship at the Common Law Section seeks to financially assist students who demonstrate interest in working with indigenous communities and organizations.

Through the support of our donors, we are able to award this $1,000 scholarship annually to a student of indigenous ancestry registered as a full-time student in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, or in a graduate program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

The student must demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, and be an Indigenous community advocate who demonstrates interest in or has experience working with Indigenous communities and/or organizations.

Please donate on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019.


Assist and educate the next generation of passionate lawyers in the fields of technology law, ethics and policy

In establishing the Ian R. Kerr Memorial Fund, his friends and colleagues plan to support scholarships, fellowships, activities and initiatives honouring the legacy of Dr. Ian R. Kerr in the fields of technology law, ethics and policy.

Ian’s vision was to ensure that top students from around the world would have the necessary funding and support to pursue their scholarly dreams researching legal, ethical and policy questions surrounding new technologies at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. To continue his efforts towards a more inclusive academy and empowering emerging researchers, the Fund will create graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral scholarships to notably support students from non-traditional backgrounds or perspectives, or from abroad who are not usually supported by traditional funding schemes.

Our vision for the Fund goes beyond the creation of Kerr Fellows supported by scholarships and research fellowships. The Fund will also support initiatives that continue his legacy of excellence in research, pushing the boundaries of thought leadership on technology and society. For example, the creation of the Kerr Lectures will be a new high-level event series to enable distinguished thinkers from around the world to share with the general public the results of original study on important subjects of contemporary interest on current and future technological issues.

Ian’s generosity, warmth, and good humour touched the lives of thousands of people. Whether national privacy commissioners or first-year law students, he made time for everyone, offering encouragement, insight, and a deeply held view that everyone had an opportunity and responsibility to help shape our collective digital future.

Please donate on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019.


Help make access to a law degree possible through financial aid.

The cost of a legal education can be out of reach for many talented students.  You can help make access to post-secondary education, and the valuable experiences it entails, available and affordable to Common Law students by creating a scholarship or bursary, or by donating directly to the general financial aid fund of the Common Law section.

When our donors invest in the education and experiential learning experiences that come with studying law at the University of Ottawa, they invest in students with a passion for justice in a legal system that affects us all.

For student recipients, financial support helps alleviate stresses that come with paying for tuition, which is now over $20,000 annually. In most cases, receiving this support allows them to find a better balance between work and school and allows for participation in opportunities to further their experiences such as mooting, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities.

In some cases, depending on circumstances, receiving financial aid can be a defining factor in a student’s continuation of their studies. Your gift will make a difference. Whether it is a gift to our general financial aid fund, or a more personalized way of giving by creating your own scholarship or bursary.

  • For a general scholarship or bursary, the minimum commitment is $1,000 annually for three years.
  • The minimum gift for an entrance scholarship, which are used to attract some of the brightest and passionate minds to the Law School, is $10,000 annually for three years.
  • The minimum gift for an endowed bursary or scholarship is $30,000, which will disburse approximately $1,000 annually in perpetuity.

Please donate on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019.


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