Law Clerk Option

Designed specifically for law clerks, this option provides the opportunity to complete an LL.M. with research paper at the University of Ottawa at the same time as or within five (5) years of completing a clerkship for a judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, a provincial Court of Appeal or another court deemed equivalent by the Faculty of Law.

 

For applicants who have successfully completed a clerkship, the Faculty of Law will grant advanced standing for two courses (or six credits).  For candidates who wish to complete the LLM at the same time as a clerkship (subject to the permission of the court in question - see next paragraph), they will, in addition to the other requirements of this option, register for a special course code that corresponds to the six credit weight to be allocated to the clerkship.  This course is evaluated on a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory basis.

 

Prospective students should check with the Court for which they will be clerking, as some courts may not permit a law clerk to participate in an LL.M. program during the term of the clerkship. 

 

In order to benefit from this unique opportunity, the candidate must submit a description of the work done at the Court as well as a letter from the judge or judges for whom he or she worked attesting to the quality of his or her work and confirming the start and end dates of the clerkship. The letter must be submitted by the end of May following the candidate’s first registration.

Program

  • Three compulsory courses (nine credits)
    • DCL 5301 Legal Research Methodology (three credits)
    • DCL 5135 Graduate Seminar (three credits)
    • One legal theory course (three credits)
  • Research Paper (50 to 60 pages)
  • For students completing the LLM concurrently with their clerkship, they must register to the course code DCL 7022 Judicial Clerkship (six credits).

Admission Conditions

  • Hold a first degree in law (LL.L., LL.B. or J.D.) with an average of at least 70% (B);
  • Meet one of the following criteria:  (1) be currently clerking at the time of first registration to the program or (2) have completed a clerkship no more than five (5) years prior to the time of first registration to the program.
  • Clerking and clerkship refers to working as a law clerk for a judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, a provincial Court of Appeal or another court deemed equivalent by the Faculty of Law.

Scholarships

Candidates with a cumulative grade point average of 80% (A-) are eligible for a University of Ottawa admission scholarship provided they meet the requirements for full-time registration and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. 

Candidates who elect to complete the program concurrently with their clerkship are ineligible for an admission scholarship.

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