Option in Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions

The Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions Option is intended for JD students wishing to gain in-depth and practical experience in Aboriginal law including some exposure to Indigenous peoples’ legal traditions. The strong research interests of many of our professors support a particularly rich array of courses in Aboriginal law and Indigenous legal traditions.

JD Students

The Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions Option will appeal not only to students interested in Aboriginal law, but to those who wish to understand Indigenous legal traditions and how they can be recognized alongside common law and civil law within Canada’s legally plural society. 

Graduate Studies

The University of Ottawa offers programs in law at the master’s and doctoral levels. Our programs provide students with an opportunity to work with Canada’s top public law scholars on core questions of public law as well as on emerging and evolving issues.

Master of Laws (LLM)

The LL.M. program facilitates rigorous academic study of pressing public questions. To learn more, we invite you to read about the degree requirements and faculty members working in this field.

Ph.D. Students

The Ph.D. degree provides students with advanced training in academic research to prepare them to pursue a career in academe. The research skills can also be used to pursue careers with governmental and non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and other policy organizations. The admission process is competitive and only the most outstanding applicants are selected. For information on how to apply to the Ph.D. program.

Stay informed


The personal 36-year journey of Angel Larkman, 2L, to get Indian status

Angel Larkman, 2L, and her editor scrambled to get the story out and published in the Huffington Post Canada the day before it was closed.

David C. Nahwegahbow, LLB ’80, is the 2021 winner

Nahwegahbow, a member of the Common Law Honour Society, received his award during the virtual End of Term, on June 17, 2021.

Professor Aimée Craft publishes her first children’s book

In a year full of awards, Treaty Words, written by Professor Aimee Craft and illustrated by Luke Swinson, was published in March 2021 by Annick Press.

Contact Us

Aboriginal Law Option Coordinators

Prof. Frankie Young
[email protected]