French Juris Doctor

The French Common Law Program accepts approximately 80 entering students each year.  The program is offered over three distinct and compulsory terms: the fall term from September to December, the January term over the first three weeks of January, and the winter term from February to April.  Students enrolling in the French or English Program may take courses in the other language.  The opportunity to study law in English and in French is one of the distinct advantages offered at the University of Ottawa.  Students may also enroll in courses offered by the Civil Law Section.

The curriculum and academic requirements in the French and English common law programs are essentially the same.  The French common law program is one of only two programs of this type in the world.  It is designed to respond to the needs of Franco-Ontarians for both French legal education and legal services, and also to train Francophones from other provinces. French program students must take all their compulsory courses and at least 75% of their upper year courses in French, French being the language of instruction and evaluation.

Besides, the Programme de formation pré-droit (Pre-law Training Program) is an equity program funded by the Department of Justice of Canada and offered to immigrants and refugees admitted to a Canadian common law program in French. The program lasts 4 weeks and takes place during the month of August preceding the participants’ first year of study. Learn more

Program Requirements
Course Sequence

J.D. (French) for students entering as of September 2018


YEAR 1 - 33 units (8 courses)

  • CML1503  Droit pénal (3 units)
  • CML1506 Introduction à la résolution des différends (3 units) 
  • CML 1508 Droits des biens (3 units)
  • CML1602 Les contrats (6 units)
  • CML1607 Délits civils (6 units)
  • CML 1611 Compétences et habiletés juridiques (6 units)
  • CML1613 Droit constitutionnel I (3 units)
  • CML1704 Législation (3 units)


YEAR 2 - 30 units (typically 10 courses)1

  • CML2713 Droit constitutionnel II (3 units)
  • CML2702 Droit des sociétés (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 units)
  • CML2709 Procédure civile I (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 units)
  • CML2712 Droit administratif (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 units)
  • CML3776 Responsabilité professionnelle (may be completed in either YEAR 2 or YEAR 3) (3 units)
  • Optional CML courses (15-27 credits, depending on enrollment in upper-year compulsory courses)2


YEAR 3 - 30 units (typically 10 courses)1

  • CML2702 Droit des sociétés (if not completed in YEAR 2) (3 units)
  • CML2709 Procédure civile I (if not completed in YEAR 2) (3 units)
  • CML2712 Droit administratif (if not completed in YEAR 2) (3 units)
  • CML3776 Responsabilité professionnelle (if not completed in YEAR 2) (3 units)
  • Optional CML courses (18-30 units, depending on enrollment in upper-year compulsory courses)2


1Students must distribute their courses as follows:
Fall Term: 13-17 units; January Intensive Term: 3-4 units; Winter Term: 10-14 units

2Please note that the Major Paper and Oral Advocacy Requirement should be completed in the second or third year. By the end of year 3, students must complete one course which satisfies the oral advocacy requirement and one course in which the major paper requirement is fulfilled.

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