Applicants to the LLM interested in the possibility of studying abroad and earning a degree from another institution should consider the opportunities offered by the University of Ottawa’s (UO) Faculty of Law’s international reciprocity agreement with the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (UPO).
Under this reciprocity agreement, the institutions have set out, in advance, courses of study that they agree will meet their respective degree requirements. The courses of study in question require that students complete a certain amount of credits at each institution. Students who successfully complete the requirements provided for in the agreement are entitled to receive two degrees - one from each institution.
Who Can Apply
In order to be eligible to apply students must hold either hold:
- A law degree (LLL, LLB or JD) from an institution in Canada or a third country whose degrees are specifically recognized by l'Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense("UPO"),
- A degree equivalent to a Master I (or a Maîtrise during the transition period) from an institution in France or a third country, whose degrees are specifically recognized by the University of Ottawa ("UO").
The institution to which applicants submit their initial application is considered the applicant’s home institution:
- Students with law degrees from an accredited institution in Canada must apply to UO.
- Students with a law degree from an accredited institution in France must apply to UPO.
- Students with a law degree from a third country may apply to either UO or UPO.
- Canadian residents who received their law degree outside Canada are encouraged to apply to UO as their home institution.
Given the requirements of the courses of study provided for under this IRA, students must have sufficient language skills to be able to study in French while at UPO.
Students who wish to apply to participate in this arrangement must do so through their home institution.
Students for whom the University of Ottawa is their home institution
- Applicants must submit a complete application to the LLM with Research Paper, without concentration.
- In addition to the general requirements, he must include a cover letter indicating why they wish to participate in the IRA with UPO and which course of study they wish to take. Confirm that you meet the admission requirements for the LL.M. with research paper, without concentration.
- The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law then nominates up to ten (10) students for consideration by UPO.
- UPO then decides which of the nominated candidates will be admitted to its Master II Program.
Students for whom the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense is their home institution
- Applicants must follow the admission procedures set forth by UPO.
- UPO then nominates up to ten (10) applicants to the UO for consideration by the Graduate Admission Committee at the Faculty of Law.
- UO decides which of the nominated candidates will be admitted to its LLM Program.
Courses of Study
Each course of study has compulsory and elective elements. To see the detailed requirements of each course of study, click on the applicable title below:
Tuition and incidental fees
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense students must :
- Pay tuition fees and related expenses to the University of Ottawa for two (2) full-time Graduate Studies sessions (Winter and Summer)
- They will receive the Differential tuition fee exemption. That means that their tuition fees will be reduced to those paid by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They must, however, pay the related expenses and mandatory third-party fees (ex: universal bus pass, health and/or dental insurance) as regular Canadian students.
The University of Ottawa students must:
- Pay the required tuition fees and related expenses to the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense for two (2) full-time registration (fall and summer) in the graduate studies program. They must pay the same tuition fees as French students.
All students who participate in the course of study under the IRA with UPO are directly responsible for making the necessary arrangements to cover the cost of accommodation, international travel, visas, domestic travel in the host country, books, equipment, consumables, hospitalization, health insurance (while at UO, students must enrol in the UHIP plan or have equivalent coverage) and other incidental expenses.
Still have questions?
For more information about the IRA, the courses of study and all academic or admission matters, please contact the Graduate Studies in Law office.
For information for foreign students wishing to study in Ottawa, please consult the UO International Office, which consolidates the information and services provided to foreign students coming the University.