JD National Program

About the National Program

The National Program is an accelerated course of study for students who already hold a Civil Law Degree from a Canadian university. Students are expected to have a high level of proficiency in both French and English, as the program is bilingual.

You can apply to the National Program after completing your civil law degree or during the final year of your civil law studies.

The Common Law Section's National Program is designed to immerse graduates of Canadian civil law schools in the common law tradition. This 8-month program leads to a “JD – National Program” degree.

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must have completed a civil law degree at a Canadian institution.

 

Deadline

The deadline to apply to the National Program is May 1st 2022. Applications open in December. We encourage you to apply early.

If you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact comlaw@uottawa.ca to request an extension.

 

Required Documents

  • Transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation from civil law professors   
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae 

 

Note for University of Ottawa students : If you completed (or are currently completing) your LL.L. at the University of Ottawa’s Section de Droit Civil, you are required to complete the online application form through uoZone, instead of using OLSAS. You must submit the following documents by email to comlaw@uottawa.ca :

  • A personal statement that explains why you wish to pursue the National Program;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Please note that LLL students from the University of Ottawa are not required to provide letters of recommendation or their University of Ottawa transcripts. Additionally, the $90.00 application fee is waived for these applicants.

 

Assessment

Applications to the National Program are assessed by considering the candidate’s…

(The "LSAT" is not required for admission into the National Program.)


Academic performance

To be considered for the National Program, candidates are expected to have a minimum of a B average (i.e a 6.0 on the University of Ottawa’s 10-point scale).

 

Completion of mandatory civil law courses

Candidates are required to have passed all of the following courses:

  • DRC1514 : Droit des obligations I  (or equivalent) 
  • DRC1707 : Droit pénal I  (or equivalent) 
  • DRC2508 : Droit administratif  (or equivalent) 
  • DRC2509: Droits et libertés  (or equivalent) 
  • DRC2501: Droit de l'entreprise I  (or equivalent)
  • DRC1503: Fondement du droit (or equivalent)
  • DRC1705: Droit constitutionnel I  (or equivalent)

 

Letters of recommendation

Your application must be supported by two (2) references letters from your civil law professors.

Think carefully about who you choose as your referees. Choose people who know you well and who will support your application. Ideally, each referee should be able to comment on your strengths as a law student and explain your performance relative to the performance of your classmates.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a critical part of the application, and should be thought of as a professional interview in writing.  Please review our assessment considerations for a personal statement.

If there are weaknesses in your application that you would like to contextualize with more information, please use your personal statement to address them. Where applicable, supporting documentation is strongly encouraged.

As with all of your application components, the information you provide in your personal statement will be considered in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code, which states:

“Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability” (R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, s.1; 1999, c.6, s.28 [1]; 2001, c.32, s.27 [1]); 2005, c. 5, s. 32 (1); 2012, c.

Need more guidance? Check out our Top 10 Tips for Your Best Personal Statement

(Last updated October 1 2021)

Program Requirements
  • National Program students must complete a minimum of 30 common law units during one academic year, including:
    • Contracts - 3 units
    • Torts - 3 units
    • Property - 3  units
    • Civil procedure - 3 units
    • Professional responsibility - 3 units
    • One optional course which satisfies the oral advocacy requirement  - 3 units
    • Optional Courses - 12 units (subject to regulations below)
  • National Program students must complete a minimum of 30 common law units during one academic year, including:
  • This is a bilingual program and students are required to take their mandatory courses in either language as determined by the section each year.  Elective courses may be taken in either French or English. Students are expected to be sufficiently fluent in both languages to be able to read the materials assigned and to actively participate in class.
  • Students must satisfy the major paper requirement of the Common Law Section.
  • Students must achieve a minimum final GPA of 3.5 to successfully pass the program.
  • Students cannot enrol simultaneously in the National Program and any other full-time program such as the École du Barreau du Québec.

Regulations for selection of elective courses

  1. National Program students are not permitted to enrol in the following courses:
     
    • Courses that are essentially identical in content to those that the student has already completed before commencing the National Program;
    • School Sponsored or Student-Proposed Internships except where, in the opinion of the Director of the Program, the student has evidenced that a demonstrable common law content exists; or
    • Competitive Moot courses except where, in the opinion of the Director of the Program, the student has evidenced that a demonstrable common law content exists:

      English Moots and Bilingual Moots with a common law content:

      French Moots with a common law content:


      For all other moot courses please contact the director of the program regarding their common law content.
      • ARNUP Cup Criminal law
      • CORPORATE SECURITIES Moot
      • JESSUP Public International law
      • LASKIN Constitutional/Administrative law
      • VIS Private international Law
      • WILSON Equality s. 15
      • WALSH Family Law moot
      • Tax law moot
      • MONCTON OTTAWA Private law
      • GUY-GUERIN Criminal law
      • ROUSSEAU Public International Law

2. Students who have taken one of the mandatory National Program courses before entering the program must replace that course with elective units as part of their minimum 30 units.

3. The 30 units does not include CML courses already taken by the student before entering the National Program.

Course Sequence

National Program (JD) students entering as of September 2021

 

YEAR 1 – 30 units (10 courses)

  • CML 3376 Professional Responsibility / CML 3776 Responsabilité professionnelle (3 units)
  • CML 4341 Contracts / CML 4741 Les contrats (3 units)
  • CML 4342 Torts / CML 4742 Délits civils (3 units)
  • CML 4347 Property / CML 4747 Droits des biens (3 units)
  • CML 4144  Civil Procedure I / CML 4544 Procédure civile I (3 units)
  • A course of a minimum of 3 Units that meets the oral advocacy requirement 1
  • Optional CML courses (12 units) 2

  

Students must satisfy the major-paper requirement of the Common Law Section.

The 30 units must not include courses taken by the student before entering the program or courses that are substantially the same as courses taken by the student before entering the program. 

Students who have taken a required course before entering the program may not repeat that course as part of their minimum 30 units. 

 

Note(s)

1

Students who have already completed an oral advocacy course or who have already participated in a competitive moot as part of their studies in civil law (final eligibility determination to be made by the National Program Director) will be deemed to have met the oral advocacy requirement, will not have to register for a course contained in the list of courses satisfying the oral advocacy requirement, and will therefore have to complete 15 Units of optional courses.

2

 The January intensive term is mandatory for all National Program students.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher is required for the success of the program.
  • Students cannot enroll simultaneously in the National Program and any other full-time program such as the Barreau du Québec.
  • National Program students are not permitted to enroll in courses that are essentially identical in content to those that the student has already completed before commencing the National Program;
  • In the National Program, students cannot enroll:

- in courses whose content is essentially the same as for courses before starting the National Program;

- in internships sponsored by the faculty or individually offered, unless they provide evidence of a common law content that the Director of the National Program would judge acceptable.

 

Students who have previously completed courses at the Common Law Section, including the required courses of the National program before being admitted to the program must replace these courses with other electives to meet the minimum requirement of 30 units.

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