low grades in one semester because of illness, time spent away from academia etc.). The thesis or research paper proposal provides the Admissions Committee with the necessary information to assess your ability to develop and articulate a research project.
The letter of Intent must indicate if you have done (within the last 5 years) or if you are currently doing a clerkship and wish to receive advanced standing. Furthermore, the research proposal is used to match you with faculty members suitable for supervising your work, and is an important factor in selecting candidates for admission.
Candidates generally considered must hold an undergraduate , unless they have considerable practical and professional experience in the area they propose to research which would justify admission to the graduate studies in law.
Candidates applying with a non-law related undergraduate degree are extremely rarely, if ever, admitted into the program on the strength of a non-law undergraduate degree.
The rich intellectual life of the Faculty of Law is complemented by the University of Ottawa’s location in Canada’s capital.
The Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, and numerous federal agencies are all within walking distance from the Faculty.
French and English are the languages of instruction at the University of Ottawa.
All future students must demonstrate a minimum level of language proficiency in French or English before being admitted. Candidates with neither English nor French as their mother tongue must meet one of the following criteria: Have completed a post-secondary diploma in French or English at a university whose language is French or English as one of the official languages of instruction, in a country where English or French is the primary language.
Admission will depend not just on the academic caliber of the candidate, but also on faculty resources.
We will not admit candidates whose proposed research proposal fall outside the expertise of our faculty members available to act as supervisors.