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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.3
Housing: Off-campus, On-campus Dates of Instruction: Dual Degree Program (2 Years)
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: No Class levels eligible to apply: 1L, 2L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:
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ottawa cityThis program is offered jointly by WCL and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law ranks in the top 100 of law programs worldwide according to the Times Higher Education rankings for 2018.

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.


Application Process

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.

Application Content

  • 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.

The Program
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.


Ottawa snowHousing

Both on and off campus housing options are available. The University of Ottawa does have several on campus student housing options, but most of this housing is intended for undergraduate students.

You can get information about off campus housing and search for off campus housing on the university's housing website by following this link.

Learn more about life in Ottawa and what to do in the Canadian capital by visit the official Ottawa Tourism website.



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:

WCL Abroad
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202)-274-4228




Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
2 Years (DualDegree) 2019-2020 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 08/01/2019 12/31/2020
2 Years (DualDegree) 2020-2021 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 09/01/2020 05/31/2021