The Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University offer a combined four-year program leading to a Master of Arts (International Affairs) and a JD degree. The program is designed for students with a strong interest in international law and relations and provides an excellent basis for a career in government or the private sector, as well as advanced studies in international affairs and international law.
By pursuing the two degrees jointly, students have an opportunity to weave together research interests in law and international relations and are able to tap into the extensive work on international affairs and law conducted at the two institutions located in the National Capital region. Students also reduce their net unit load relative to the unit demands applied to students studying for the two degrees outside of the combined program. The four-year combined program of study represents a more compressed period than the typical three years required to complete the JD degree and the typical 2 years required to complete the M.A. degree.
The Juris Doctor (JD) / Master of Arts (International Affairs) program is also offered in French via the French Common Law Program.