Programme de droit canadien at the University of Ottawa
For more than 50 years, uOttawa’s Faculty of Law has been offering, in both official languages, complete programs in the two most widely used legal systems in the world - common law and civil law. Beginning in September 2008, the Faculty launched a new program, the Programme de droit canadien (PDC), allowing students to earn both a JD and an LL.L. in three years, thus opening the doors to the practice of law across Canada and abroad. According to Dean of Civil Law, Sébastien Grammond, “The Programme de droit canadien is the result of reflecting upon the needs of future lawyers in Canada. It is about an innovative training which will permit students to benefit from the richness of diverse Canadian legal traditions in order to better respond to changes in society.”
Twenty exceptional candidates are admitted each year to the PDC which falls under the initiatives of uOttawa’s strategic plan, Vision 2010. Students will spend three years, including summer course-work, at the Faculty of Law. Certain courses are designed specifically for PDC students, and most of the program will be offered in French though knowledge of English is required. Common Law Dean Bruce Feldthusen notes, “there is demand on the part of the students and employers for bilingual, bijural studies with an international perspective.”
uOttawa’s Faculty of Law has been long-recognized for its vast range of courses in law and technology, international law, social justice, environmental law, and Aboriginal peoples and the law. Located at the heart of the federal capital, the Faculty of Law offers students unique internship opportunities with the country’s decision-making institutions—Parliament, Supreme Court, federal departments and tribunals, and non-governmental organizations. The Faculty of Law offers candidates an enriching and stimulating education corresponding to the values of an open society and respectful of the rule of law.