The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, offers Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in both English and French. All JD students can follow a rich and diverse list of courses in Law and Technology, take part in moots and internships, and may participate in the first year Technoships opportunities.

In addition, a uniquely designed Law & Technology Option is available to all JD students currently registered at the Faculty of Law Common Law Section (in both English and French programs) and provides recognised rigorous training in law & technology.

By being awarded the Law & Technology Option, students have their specialization recognized with an annotation on their transcript.

Requirements for the Option

JD students who wish to receive formal recognition of having completed a JD with an Option in Law & Technology must complete 18 units as follows.

Compulsory courses (6 units)

Students must complete one of the following courses:

  • CML3371 - Intellectual Property Law (3 units)
  • CML3771 - Droit de propriété intellectuelle (3 units)

Students must complete one of the following activities:

  • CML3316 - Technology Law Internship (3 units)
  • CML3316 - Technology Law Internship: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) (3 units)
  • CML3351 - Global Technology Law & Policy (3 units)
  • CML3716 - Stage en droit et technologie (3 units)

Optional courses (12 units)

Students must complete at least 12 units from the list of courses in Law and Technology offered at the Faculty of Law. Exchange and transfer students should inquire with the Law & Technology Option coordinator about relevant courses taken at other Universities.

Moots in Law and Technology are also eligible as optional courses.

If you have any questions about which courses qualify for the Law & Technology option, please contact the program coordinator for the Law & Technology Option (see below).

Major paper

Students must complete (and register) a major paper in an approved Law & Technology course or an approved Law & Technology directed research course.

If completed as part of an approved Law & Technology course, the paper must be worth at least 50% of the final grade for the course.

If completed through a Directed Research course,  the topic must be approved by the Coordinator of the Law & Technology Option, and be assigned the code CML 3251 (4 units) or CML 3351 (3 units).

Minimum average

Students must obtain a minimum overall average of 6.0 in the Law & Technology courses and activities.

Registration for the Option

Once the required units have been achieved, students should obtain the registration form.

The form must then be submitted for approval to the Law & Technology Option Coordinator, with a copy of an unofficial transcript.

The form must then be submitted to the Common Law Student Centre for processing. 

The form should be submitted in the last term of the student’s studies. Students cannot register for the Law & Technology Option before having completed all the requirements. There is also no special procedure to register for the Law & Technology Option during the regular annual admission process. However, students are encouraged to meet with the Law & Technology Option coordinator to review and plan their course of studies.

Once they have completed their first year,  the students may take the compulsory and optional courses required to satisfy the requirements of the Law & Technology Option, including a Major Paper in an approved course.

Please note that students must complete mandatory courses and the major paper in the language of their program.

For more information

Prof. Marina Pavlović
Coordinator, JD Option in Law and Technology
[email protected] (Attn: JD Option)