Your application package

Required Documents for Your Application Package

Students must apply online. We do not accept documents by email, therefore, please forward a copy of the on-line application summary (available once the on-line application has been submitted) along with all required documents in person, by mail or by messenger to the Faculty of Law at the following address:

Admissions Officer
Graduate Studies in Law, University of Ottawa
57 Louis-Pasteur, room 301
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Supporting documents include:

1. Cover Letter

This is an opportunity to provide an overview of your academic interests and ambitions, and to highlight why you would be a good candidate for the program. Comment on your relevant experiences (student exchange, work as a research assistant, law clerkship or other) and explain any “anomaly” in your academic itinerary (e.g. low grades in one semester because of illness, time spent away from academia etc.).

LL.M. candidates should indicate in their letter of intent if they wish to apply to participate in a course of study set forth under an International Reciprocity Agreement. For further details, see the description of these programs posted on our website: IRA opportunities.

Candidates may also identify a potential supervisor and justify their rationale for selecting this supervisor (you may choose a maximum of two names). Please specify if you have been in contact with this person. Please visit the following web page "Teaching Staff – Research Fields" to familiarize yourself with the areas of specialization of our professors. This will help to identify a potential supervisor

2. Two electronic reference forms

Once your application is received at the University of Ottawa (approximately 1 week following your online submission and payment of fees), an automatic email acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent to you. The email will contain your student number, uoAccessID and password to access your uoZone account (your student services portal). You will then be able to enter the name and email addresses of your referees. 

 

In order to do so, you will need to log in to your uoZone account, go to the section "Admission file", then click on your program. This will bring you to the list of required documents.  Within that list, you should find the link to add your referees. Once you have added your referees, an email will be sent out to them to access the recommendation form and submit it electronically.

3. Official Transcripts

Official transcripts of all previous university studies. This applies to all courses and programs at any university you have attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student. For students who have not yet completed their degree, we require a transcript of the courses you have taken and the marks you have achieved to date and will require another transcript once you have received your degree. If the transcript and degree certificate is not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and sealed) must accompany the original language documents. The transcript should include an outline of the grading system used by your university. Previous or current University of Ottawa students do not need to submit a transcript of their studies at the University of Ottawa.

4. Research Proposal

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. 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. It is, therefore, important that the proposal be well structured and carefully written. It is understood that, if admitted, this proposal may undergo significant changes as a result of further research and direction from the supervisor. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will lead to a rejection of your application.

For applications to the Master’s program, the description of your Master’s thesis proposal or research paper proposal (500 words) should include the following elements:

  • Your full name 
  • Title of your intended research project
  • Research Proposal: Specify your research area and give a description of the particular topic under consideration.
  • Preparation: Comment on your background preparation and your suitability to undertake this topic: language abilities (if required), courses and seminars taken, any personal research or experience of note.

For applications to the Doctoral program, the description of your Doctoral thesis proposal (2,000 words) should include the following elements:

  • Your full name
  • Title of your intended research project
  • Research Proposal: Specify your research area and give a description of the research project you would like to undertake during your Ph.D. (definition of the subject, research question, context, methodology and theoretical framework, if known) 
  • Preparation: Comment on your background preparation and your suitability to undertake this topic: language abilities (if required), courses and seminars taken, any personal research or experience of note.

5. Curriculum vitae

A detailed curriculum vitae, including your educational background, work experience and volunteer experience. If you have teaching experience and/or experience as a teaching assistant, please include the subject matter and language of instruction.

6. Proof of proficiency in your program's language of instruction, in the case of applicants whose first language is neither English nor French.

Applicants for whom French or English is not their first language and have not completed a previous degree program in a French or English language postsecondary institution must provide evidence of proficiency in their chosen language of instruction.

The tests listed below will be accepted with the following minimum scores:

English Language tests:

TOEFL (academic):  Internet-based: 100; Computer-based: 250; Paper-based: 600
Please note that the University’s institution code is 993 and the department code for Law is 03.

CAEL : 70
PEARSON : 68

MELAB : 87
IELTS (academic module): 7.0
CANTEST : 5.0 (listening/reading) and 4.5 (writing)

French Language tests:

DELF : Niveau B2
DALF : Niveau C1 ou C2
TESTCan: 4.5 (listening/reading) and 4.5 (writing)

Important note:

Check your e-mail regularly because the University of Ottawa will send you messages regarding the status of your application and if additional information is required. The admission committee reserves the right to request a writing sample.

Important Advice

Follow the progress of your application

  • Make sure that your letters of recommendation are sent in time to meet the application deadline by the professors who agreed to write them.
  • Make sure that all of your official transcripts from all of the postsecondary institutions you have attended are sent in time to meet the application deadline.
  • Check your e-mail regularly, as the University of Ottawa will send you messages regarding the status of your application and to notify you if there are elements missing from your file.

Get to know us

  • Visit the page "Fields of Interest of Faculty Members" to familiarize yourself with the areas of specialization of our professors. This will help you to identify a potential supervisor
  • Visit the Graduate Studies in Law website "Prospective Students / Programs" to learn about the graduate programs offered in the Faculty of Law
  • Consult the "FAQ" section of the website to obtain answers to the most frequently asked questions.

For more information, please contact Graduate Studies in Law by e-mail at llmphd@uottawa.ca or by telephone at 613-562-5774.

 

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