Graduate Studies in Law at the University of Ottawa offers programs at the master’s and doctoral level. While students can pursue the master’s and doctoral programs in any subject, we particularly emphasize the fields of international law and human rights law, as well the fields associated with our concentrations listed under the master’s program.


A joint endeavour of the Common Law and Civil Law sections of the Faculty of Law, we build upon the unique strengths and character of each section to offer programs at the master’s and doctoral level.

Our graduate students benefit from a variety of choices and opportunities thanks to the collaboration of both sections and their faculty members. Areas of faculty expertise provide the foundation for degree programs, supervision and courses in International Law (including International Humanitarian and Security Law); Human Rights; International Trade and Foreign Investment Law; Environmental Law; Law and Technology; Law and Social Justice; and Notarial Law.

Students have the choice to pursue their studies in French, English, or a combination of both languages. They enrich their studies by attending conferences and special events, and contributing to research and community outreach projects run by our research institutes and centers. The rich intellectual life of the Faculty of Law is complemented by the University of Ottawa’s location in Canada’s capital. The Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, and numerous federal agencies are all within walking distance from the Faculty.

These special features attract students from across Canada and from countries all around the world whose interests are diverse but who share a commitment to advanced study of the law. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our programs and community.

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Microprogram in Law and Technology

Offered online, the Microprogram in Law and Technology allows you to complete courses in the comfort of your home, when it suits your schedule


Master of Laws (LL.M)

For the Master of Laws degree (LLM), we offer a general LLM with thesis option, a research paper option and a course-based option.

In the context of the master's with research paper, students have a choice of eight concentrations.

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International Reciprocity Agreements

For applicants to the General LL.M. with research paper program who are interested in studying abroad and obtaining a degree from another institution, the international reciprocity protocol between the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa (UO) and the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (UPO), Aix Marseille Université (AMU) and Rennes 1 University offers an outstanding opportunity.

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Doctoral in Philosophy Law program

The aim of the doctoral program is to develop autonomous academics and lawyers who are highly qualified to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their particular discipline through theoretical, practical and empirical research in various fields of law. The program focuses on the development and mastery of a research approach, of social and critical legal reasoning for the purpose of making original contributions in the field of law.

The doctoral program comprises the following elements: a legal research methodology and theory course, an elective course, a comprehensive examination, a thesis proposal examination, the writing of a thesis and its defence before an examining board.

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Complete your doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa and at another Canadian or international university.

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Special Student

Even if you are not admitted in one of our programs, you can still register for courses as a special student.