The Common Law Section has always enjoyed a reputation for graduating some of the greatest advocates in Ontario. Our earliest graduates tell us uOttawa excelled in advocacy competitions from the very beginning.

Welcome to Advocacy at uOttawa

The Common Law Section has always enjoyed a reputation for graduating some of the greatest advocates in Ontario.  Our earliest graduates tell us uOttawa excelled in advocacy competitions from the very beginning.  Today many of our graduates are leaders in the advocacy bar.

Although much has changed in our law school over the past 50 years, our commitment to advocacy education has not.  What may have changed is our conception of advocacy which today includes not only trial and appellate courtroom advocacy, but advocacy before tribunals, international advocacy, negotiation, settlement, mediation.

JD Students

Every first year student has an opportunity to participate in one of our internal moot court competitions, either the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Court Competition or the Heenan Blaikie Moot Court Competition.   Each first year student takes a three week intensive course in Dispute Resolution.  Upper year students may select from a wide range of optional courses.  We sponsor many competitive advocacy teams who have achieved success on the national and international scene. 

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.

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.

The Ph.D. degree provides students with advanced training in academic research to prepare them to pursue a career in academe. These 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, please click here.

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Another Successful Turnout for uOttawa at the 17th Annual Oxford International …

Almut MacDonald, Jessica Pugliese, and Spencer Malthouse, coached by Professor Jeremy de Beer, brought home a second-place finish.
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The streak continues! uOttawa Common Law Teams return home from Walsh Negotiati…

For the fifth consecutive year, both University of Ottawa teams brought home some of the top prizes from the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition.
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University of Ottawa wins award for best factums at 2019 Davies’ Corporate/Secu…

The University of Ottawa Common Law team of Marta Porodko (3L), Yvonna Belkina (2L), Gavin Inkster (2L) and Andrew Newman (2L) competed at the 2019 Davies’ Corporate/Securities Law Moot on March 8th and 9th.