IRA with Washington College of Law

Washington College of Law (American University)

About Washington College of Law 

Who can apply:

Any student who is eligible for admission to the LLM (Research Paper Option) at the University of Ottawa may apply to participate in the course of study set forth under the IRA with WCL.  Based on an assessment of the admission files of all applicants who apply to participate in the course of study with WCL, the Graduate Admission Committee at the Faculty of Law nominates up to ten (10) applicants to the Admissions Committee for the International Legal Stduies Program (ILSP) at WCL.  WCL then decides which applicants it admits to its ILSP under the auspices of the IRA.  Only those applicants admitted to the LLM Progam at of U of O and and the ILSP at WCL can participate in the course of study under the IRA.

Given the requirements of the course of study provided for under this IRA, students must have sufficient language skills to be able to study in English while at WCL.

Application Procedure:

The institution to which applicants submit their initial application is considered the applicant’s home institution.  Canadian residents and students already enrolled at UO in another program should apply to UO as their home institution.

Applicants who apply initially to the University of Ottawa must submit a complete application to the LLM (Research Paper Option).  In addition, they must include a cover letter indicating why they wish to participate in the IRA with WCL.

Applicants who apply initially to WCL must follow the admission procedures set forth by WCL.


Course of study

The expected duration of the course of study is four semesters, usually two semesters in each institution.  Where UO is the home institution, students start at UO.  They complete nine (9) credits of coursework (three courses) at the University of Ottawa, as well as the Major Research Paper (six (6) credits) for a total of 15 credits.  Courses are selected from the curriculum open to LLM students.  (To see the courses open to LLM students at UO, click here).  They may take their courses in English or in French.  Students then complete 16 credits of coursework at WCL.  Courses are selected from the curriculum open to LLM students.  Students must take their courses in English.  Students are expected to spend at least one, and possibly two, semesters at WCL. 

Where WCL is the home institution, students should contact ILSP administration directly about how the course of study under the IRA is to be completed.

Under the terms of the IRA, the student is able to receive an LLM from both the UO and WCL because each institution has agreed to grant advanced standing to students for the coursework done at the partner institution in order to make up the balance of credits needed for the degree.  In the case of UO, it grants advanced standing for six (6) credits, to complete the total of 21 credits required.  WCL grants advanced standing for eight (8) credits to complete the total of 24 credits required
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Tuition and incidental fees

Students pay the fees applicable to the institution at which they are enroled.

When students are enroled at the UO, the tuition and other fees are those applicable to the graduate programs in law, based on the student’s immigration status (see applicable fees at UO).  Students must be enroled full-time.

When students are enroled at WCL, the applicable tuition and fees are based on the number of credits taken, which is normally 16.  Under the terms of the IRA, however, students whose home institution is UO may take additional credits at WCL for the purposes of being eligible to write the New York State Bar Examination.  In this case, students must pay the fees based on the higher number of credits taken.

UO students holding an admission scholarship from UO may participate in the courses of study under the IRA with WCL.  While at UO, they do not pay tuition fees.  They do, however, have to pay all the applicable fees while enroled at WCL.

Other expenses

Students who participate in the course of study under the IRA with WCL are directly responsible for making the necessary arrangements 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.

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