This program is offered jointly by WCL and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.
After four years of legal study, but only three years of law school tuition, students simultaneously earn the JD degree from WCL and the JD degree from the University of Ottawa. Students study law from a different perspective, gain a comparative understanding of the common law system, acquire the legal skills to practice law in both the United States and in Canada, increase their job opportunities, and qualify to complete the legal requirements in both countries to become licensed, practicing attorneys.
Graduates from this program currently work in either Canada or the US practicing international tax law, international commercial arbitration, and energy regulatory law.
Who can Apply?
- Students must be admitted to WCL’s regular JD program before applying to any international JD dual degree program.
- Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3.
- 1L students. 2Ls may be eligible. (See program staff if interested.)
- JD students who are not US citizens should meet with program staff prior to applying.
- Part-time students?
- A part-time student may apply as long as he/she changes his/her registration to full time and completes the required 59 credits, including required courses, prior to leaving Washington, D.C. Classes completed during the summer contribute to this total.
- Transfer students?
- Transfer students must complete 43 WCL credits as well as two-thirds (2/3) of their legal education in the United States, therefore, transfer students would be able to participate only if they are willing to complete additional credits (approximately one semester’s worth) at WCL. Transfer students must consult with a program staff member before applying.
- All applicants are required to attend a mandatory advising session before their application will be considered complete
- Online application form includes:
- Statement of interest
- Current résumé
- Letter of Recommendation
- WCL academic transcripts
- Copy of passport
- Deadline to submit all materials is 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year.
Please note courses at Ottawa are subject to change
Each year, WCL selects up to three (3) students for the program. Students complete the first two (2) years of law school at WCL, followed by two (2) years at the University of Ottawa (UO).
- At WCL:
- Students must complete at least 59 credits before going abroad, including all WCL/ABA required courses (Upper Level Writing, Experiential Learning, and any others implemented); we recommend that students complete at least 62 credits before going abroad
- Students must meet WCL residency requirements
- At University of Ottawa:
- WCL students must remain in the top fifty (50) percent of their class at UO.
- Credits: students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at Ottawa.
- Required Courses (subject to change at the discretion of the university):
- Orientation to the Canadian Legal System
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Public Law and Legislation
- Constitutional Law
- Civil Procedure I
- Administrative Law
- Business Organizations or Special Course in Business law
- Mediation Theory and Practice or Alternative Dispute Resolution Process
- Constitutional Law II
- One course that satisfies the oral advocacy requirement
- One course that fulfills the major paper requirement
- Optional law courses
Upon successful completion of both the WCL and UO components, students earn the J.D. degree from WCL and the J.D. degree at the University of Ottawa.
Grades from abroad will appear on your WCL transcript only as Pass/Fail. Passing grades do not affect your WCL grade point average. However, failing grades will be factored into your grade point average as a zero.
Grades from the University of Ottawa will be reported on your Ottawa transcript which you may need to provide to potential employers or to the state board of bar examiners.
Tuition and Expenses
WCL students pay three (3) years of regular tuition and fees to WCL. No tuition is charged for the fourth year of study. However, the WCL General Activity and Technology fees are due.
Financial aid: Students may apply for and keep their federal financial assistance and other awards and scholarships throughout the entire program.
Not included in tuition (students are responsible for all of these items):
- Health insurance
- Host institution student fees
- Travel expenditures
- Housing and other living expenses
- Visa costs
Students interested in the International JD Dual Degree Program should refer to the International JD Dual Degree FAQs page for general questions.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to WCL Abroad:
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
**CURRENT 2L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2018-2019, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2018-2019**
**CURRENT 1L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2019-2020, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2019-2020**