Registering for the Option

IMPORTANT: You must be currently registered in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law JD program in order to register for the Option in Health Law.

Do I register for the Option in Health Law before I have completed all the requirements?

No. There is no special procedure to register for the Option in Health Law during the regular annual admission process. Once they have completed their first year of legal studies, law students may take the compulsory and optional courses required to satisfy the requirements of the Option in Health Law, including a Major Paper in an approved course.

Informing the Coordinator of intention to apply to the Option in Health Law

Each student is asked to make known their intention to apply for the Option in Health Law on or before the beginning of their third year. They are asked to email the Option Coordinator, Professor Louise Belanger-Hardy, at, and to copy the Coordinator of the Health Law Centre at

Registering for the Option in Health Law once you have completed the requirements
  1. JD students who wish to receive formal recognition of an Option in Health Law must complete 18 units in the field of Health Law (see requirements).
  2. Once the required units have been achieved, students should obtain the registration form.
  3. Students must complete the form to identify which qualifying courses they have completed and to identify their Major Paper.
  4. The form must then be signed by the Health Law Option Coordinator and returned to the Common Law Student Centre for processing. This usually occurs during the winter term of the student's final year of study.
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