The National Program in Civil Law at the University of Ottawa is an opportunity for JD degree holders to gain an edge in Canadian multijuralism. Few legal issues today can be classified as purely local or even domestic. Globalization, technology and the recent pandemic have revealed the extent of state interdependence and highlighted the need for jurists who are knowledgeable in multiple legal traditions. Not only is civil law an integral part of Canadian institutions, it also transcends Canada’s national borders. Civil law is practised in Latin America, most of Europe and Africa, and in much of Asia and the Middle East.
For lawyers trained in common law, earning a civil law degree opens new opportunities, enhancing professional versatility and mobility, and providing opportunities in the public sector, in Canadian law firms and in the legal departments of international companies.
Though the subject-matter of the courses is new to me as I’ve never studied civil law before, the professor’s instruction has been very clear and detailed so that I have felt little difficulty following the Civil Code. (…) Constant communication and extensive recordings, in video and audio format, uploaded onto the study material platform Brightspace, has been very helpful.S.Rahman, Student in the National Civil Law Program in English
The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is the only place in North America where JD holders can earn a one-year, fully online and asynchronous civil law (LL.L.) degree in English that will allow them to be eligible for the Quebec Bar and fluent in any civil law environment. This innovative program is delivered by leading experts and practitioners in an engaging on-line format. In this video, you will meet some of the professors and learn more about how this unique program can help all JD holders position themselves to solve the evolving, complex polyjural questions that characterize the Digital Age.
I think the structure of the courses is perfect and interactive. The length of each video is just right, and the level of depth is suitable for those that have a common law background.S. Lin, Student in the National Civil Law Program in English