Reflecting Canada’s bilingual and trijuridical legal system, as well as its location in Canada’s Capital, the University of Ottawa’s graduate studies in law is a joint endeavour of the Common Law and Civil Law Sections. We welcome law graduates from both legal systems and from countries around the world. Courses are offered in English or in French, and occasionally in both languages. Students may readily complete their graduate studies while learning something of Canada's other legal and linguistic traditions.
For the Master of Laws degree (LLM), we offer both a thesis option and a research paper option. While students can pursue these options in any subject, we particularly emphasize the following two fields as well as the fields associated with our six concentrations described below:
- International law; and
- Human rights law.
In the context of the master's with research paper, students have a choice of six concentrations:
- International Humanitarian and Security Law;
- Global Sustainability and Environmental Law;
- Law and Social Justice;
- Law and Technology;
- Notarial Law; and
- International Trade and Investment Law.
LLM students can also participate in a collaborative program in Women's Studies at the Master's level (LLM with Specialization in Women's Studies). For more information on this program, see “Degree Requirements”.
International Reciprocity Agreements
Are you interested in obtaining two LL.M. degrees and studying abroad? The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa has international reciprocity agreements:
- with Washington College of Law (American University),
- l'Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense,
- l'Université Paul-Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III),
- the University of Haifa,
- and l'Université de Rennes 1.
Please see the Graduate Studies in Law website for further information: http://llmphd.uottawa.ca/