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Career and Professional Development Centre

Welcome to the Career and Professional Development Centre (CPDC) at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

Our role is to assist you in choosing the direction your professional life will take after you finish law school and to provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your goals.  In order to find out more about the programs and resources offered as outlined below, please book an appointment using the “Appointments” tab in The Source.

CPDC Team

Our services

The CPDC is staffed with counsellors and upper year students who can offer you advice on how to improve the structure, layout and overall content of your resume and cover letter to better prepare you for your summer, articling or alternative job search.  All students are encouraged to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to sending it out to employers.  A solid resume and cover letter are one of the key elements to a successful job search.   To book an appointment with a Resume and Cover Letter Specialist or a Professional Development Counsellor, please use the “Appointments” tab in The Source.

Need some career-related advice? Need help narrowing down your career options? Require assistance in preparing for an upcoming interview? Have questions about formal recruitment processes? Looking for a summer job or internship? The CPDC is staffed with counsellors who can help you with all of these queries.

The Source is a tool that you will get to know well during your time in law school, since it consists of our job posting and event registration system. It also houses dozens of helpful resources on a variety of topics, including recruitment cycles, interviews, and career planning. As a first year student, you will be issued a temporary password through your uOttawa e-mail account. If you are experiencing difficulties logging into The Source, please contact Valeria Quintanar at [email protected]

A series of workshops and information sessions take place over the course of the academic year.  At these sessions you will acquire knowledge on many topics including: recruitment processes for summer jobs & articling, interview skills, internships & fellowships and many, many more.  In order to register for an event, log on to The Source.          

The CPDC also hosts several significant events over the course of the year that give students the opportunity to network with employers with a view to securing both summer jobs and articling positions, including Career Day, Mock Interview Week and On Campus Interviews.

The CPDC team

Stacy Keehn

Keehn, Stacy

Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 233D
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3290
Work E-mail[email protected]

Josée Desmarais

Desmarais, Josée

Program Coordinator, Career and Professional Development

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 233G
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1491
Work E-mail[email protected]

Karine Laframboise

Laframboise, Karine

Manager, Career and Professional Development

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 233B
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2028
Work E-mail[email protected]

Valeria Quintanar

Quintanar, Valeria

Events Management and Communications Officer

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3287
Work E-mail[email protected]

Pascale Ouellette

Ouellette, Pascale

Professional Development Counsellor

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 233
Work: 613-562-5800
Work E-mail[email protected]

Contact us

Hours of operation

September 1st to May 31st
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

June 1st to August 31st
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Drop-in

Virtual Career Quick Chats will resume in Fall 2022

Email us

Career and Professional Development Centre
[email protected]

Pro Bono Students Canada
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JurisMentor
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Criminal Courthouse Mentorship Program
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* Appointments with the Career and Professional Development Centre can be booked through The Source