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 Public Law Option.

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

No. There is no special procedure to register for the Public Law Option 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 Public Law Option, including a Major Paper in an approved course. Once the requirements have been met, students may visit the Common Law Student Centre to complete and return a form demonstrating that they have met the requirements and wish to have the Public Law option noted as part of their degree, on their transcript. This usually occurs during the winter term of the student's final year of study.

Registering for the Public Law Option once you have completed the requirements

  • JD students who wish to receive formal recognition of an Option in Public Law must complete 18 credits in the field of public law. (See requirements).
  • Once the required units have been achieved, students should obtain the registration form.
  • Students must complete the form to identify which qualifying courses they have completed and to identify their Major Paper.
  • The form must then be signed by the Public Law Option Coordinator, and returned to Common Law Student Centre for processing.
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