About the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law
Our Faculty consists of 2 sections:
JD Combined Programs
Studying Common Law and Civil Law – Concurrently or Consecutively
Knowledge of both legal systems ensures access to national and international markets in the era of globalization.
A graduate with training in both of Canada’s legal systems can be licensed to practice law anywhere in Canada. They also gain the knowledge to work internationally and are well suited for the federal public service.
If you wish to obtain a Civil Law degree and a Common Law degree, you have 2 options:
Admission Requirements and Supporting Documents
Explanation of Application Components
Application Components for Various Applicant Types
Admission to our JD program is highly competitive, with the Common Law section receiving thousands of applications for approximately 360 first-year spots. Applicants must, at minimum, have completed 3 years of full-time undergraduate studies (equal to 90 credits or 30 half-year courses) at an accredited university, prior to beginning law school. We also invite applications from those who have completed their undergraduate degree at an accredited college.
Applicants in the Mature category are exempt from the 90-credit requirement but are strongly encouraged to have completed some university education to be competitive in our admissions process.
Through our admissions process, we strive to create a vibrant and diverse academic environment and to prepare skilled and compassionate professionals for legal workplaces. We review our admissions files in a holistic manner to ensure that our student body represents the full range of social, economic, ethnic and cultural perspectives in our society, and includes students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.
The Admissions Committee is composed of professors, staff, third-year law students and admission officers.
Overview of Applicant Categories
There are 5 applicant categories:
Multiple Applicant Categories
Applicants are welcome to apply in multiple applicant categories, as appropriate to their circumstances. You do not need to choose between several relevant categories. If you apply under multiple categories, be sure to include the required components for each category. If you apply under multiple categories, your file will be assessed only once.
The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3270