L'Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Who Can Apply
Under the terms of the IRA, in order to be eligible to apply students must hold either (1) 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"), or (2) 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.
Applicants who apply to must submit a complete application to the LLM (Research Paper Option) by the applicable deadline for applications to the LLM (for more information, click here). In addition, they must include a cover letter indicating why they wish to participate in the IRA with UPO. Based on an assessment of the admission files of all applicants who apply to participate in the course of study with UPO, the Graduate Admission Committee at the 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.
Applicants who apply to UPO must follow the admission procedures set forth by UPO (for more information, click here). 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.
Only those applicants admitted to the LLM Progam at UO and the Master II at UPO can participate in the course of study under the IRA.
Courses of Study
Under the IRA, the timetable is the same for all students. See detailed timetable.
There are four specified courses of study under the IRA. Students must indicate which course of study they wish to take in their application for admission. To see the detailed requirements of each course of study, click on the applicable title.
Droit et justice sociale - Law and Social Justice
Droits de la personne - Human Rights
Droit international et européen - International and European Law
Théorie du droit - Legal Theory
Each course of study has compulsory and elective elements. While at UO, students select their elective courses from a designated list of courses in the LLM curriculum applicable to the course of study in question. Students may take their courses in English or in French, except for students from UPO who have a tuition waiver, who must select their courses from those offered in French.
While at UPO, students select their elective courses from designated lists in the Master II curriculum and take their courses in French.
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 (the equivalent of three (3) courses worth three (3) credits each, and six (6) credits for the research paper). They are therefore exempt from paying the tuition fees applicable to international students. They must, however, pay the same tuition fees, 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 full-time registration in the graduate studies program. They are therefore exempt from paying the tuition fees applicable to international students. 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 (contact information).
For information for foreign students wishing to study in Ottawa, please consult the webpage of the UO International Office, which consolidates the information and services provided to foreign students coming the University.
For information for foreign students wishing to study at UPO, please consult the webpage of the University support service for foreign students (Service général d'accueil des étudiants étrangers).