Courses and registrations

Courses open to exchange student and course registration

Please note that courses in the Licence en droit are offered only in French. However, some texts are written in English. Therefore, a reading knowledge of English is quite useful.

Please note that the National Program is suspended for 2017-2018. Therefore, the Civil Law Section will not offer any civil law courses in English in 2017-2018. 

You must take an English language proficiency test if you are interested in taking courses offered in English by the Common Law Section. The Common Law Section requires the TOEFL, the IELTS or the Cambridge English Language Assessment test. Consequently, if you plan to take courses offered in English by the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, we recommended that you take one of these tests. Here are the required scores:

an overall score of 100 and a written score of 24 on the TOEFL test;
an overall score of 7 and a written score of 6.5 on the IELTS test;
an overall score of C1 on the Cambridge English Language Assessment test.

Some courses are offered jointly by the two Sections, Civil Law and Common Law (course code DRC/CML). If you choose to register to courses which have a joint course code, be aware that you will have to attend classes during study weeks. The Common Law Section does not have a study week in the fall and its winter study week is during the last week of January contrary to the Civil Law Section which has a study week in October and another one in February. 

You can obtain further information on language requirements by visiting website of the International Office.

  • 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses: All 1000-, 2000- and 3000-level courses are reserved for regular students in first, second or third year of the Licence program. However, if space is available in courses at these levels at the beginning of the fall semester, it may be possible for you to register. Please note that DRC 1708 (Droit international public) is not open to exchange students; DRC 1505 (Initiation aux méthodes de la Common law) does not exist anymore. 
  • 4000 level courses: 4000-level courses, or optional courses, are open to exchange students, with the exception of those listed below. Please note that DRC 4548 (Droit des sûretés) and DRC 4542 (Droit judiciaire III) are not open to exchange students. Students must have taken an International Law course in order to register in DRC 4521 (Droit international humanitaire). Course registration starts around mid-June.  

The 4000 code does not necessarily indicate the course’s level of difficulty. This may be different from other University of Ottawa faculties. Thus, you can register for a 4000 course without concern, provided of course that you have completed the prerequisite(s).

Optional courses begin at code DRC 4501 and end at code DRC 4830. Course outlines contain the name of the professor, the objectives and description of the course, the methods of teaching (i. e.: lecture, presentations in class, etc.), the methods of evaluation (i. e.: presentation in class, paper, exam, class attendance and participation, etc.), main work tools (laws, Web sites, specific documents, bibliography, etc.) and other relevant notes.   

  • English/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL) courses: You may register in an English-as-a-Second-Language course (ESL) or a French-as-a-Second Language course (FSL) during your exchange with the Civil Law Section. If this option interests you, you can take a) one ESL/FSL course and five DRC courses to earn 18 credits; b) one ESL/FSL course and four DRC courses to earn 15 credits; or c) one  ESL/FSL course and three DRC courses to earn 12 credits. It is up to your home faculty to decide whether you can take 18, 15 or 12 credits, so you must obtain permission from the appropriate authorities.

    How to register in ESL/FSL courses?

    Go to the following link: olbi.uottawa.ca/tests/uottawa-test
    Click on: Accessing the test
    Do the test. You will receive the results by e-mail. The results will suggest the course code that you should be registered in.
    Fill out the Modification/Cancellation of Registration (Undergraduate Studies) form indicating the ESL/FSL course code suggested, scan the form and e-mail it to the Manager. She will follow up with the registration and will get back to you.
  • Internships: Exchange students may not participate in internships. These courses are reserved for regular students registered in the CO-OP Education Program. The codes for these courses are DRC 4547, DRC 4768, DRC 4769, DRC 4770, DRC 4771, DRC 4772, DRC 4773, DRC 4800, DRC 4819, DRC 4820 and DRC 4830.
  • General Certificate in Law: Courses offered under the General Certificate in Law program (those with a DCC code) are reserved both for students registered in the certificate program and for exchange students registered mainly in another faculty (for instance, an exchange student from a political science institution who will be taking the majority of his or her courses with the Faculty of Social Sciences). The DCC courses are therefore not available to exchange students from partner law faculties unless permission has been given by the home faculty and the Civil Law Section. DCC course calendar.
  • Taking courses in other faculties: it is best to take the majority of your courses in Civil Law (or a few in Common Law if you meet the linguistic requirements of that Section and if there are spaces available in the courses) since the exam timetable of the Civil Law Section is published in May while the exams timetables of other faculties are available during the first week of October. If there is a conflict, it is too late in October to cancel courses and register in new ones. Second language courses such as French as a Second Language (FSL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) do not present a problem with the Civil Law Section exams timetable.
Course load and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Contact your faculty to find out what course load you are required to take during your exchange. It is up to your home faculty to provide guidance on course load.

If your faculty uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), you should be aware that, generally speaking, the Civil Law Section course load for one academic year (undergraduate level - Licence) corresponds to 30 credits (60 under the ECTS). The course load for one term is equal to 15 credits (30 under the ECTS).

The course load for one academic year at the graduate level (Master) corresponds to 18 credits (9 credits under ECTS). The course load for one term is 9 credits (4 to 5 under ECTS according to the home faculty's criteria). For more information regarding the course load at Graduate Studies in Law, please visit their Website or contact the Acting Assistant Dean.

Since the ECTS is not used in the same way by all European or foreign institutions, out of fairness, we prefer to establish course load based on the hours of instruction per term.

To help you decide on your workload, we have provided a number of scenarios below for the fall and winter sessions. The scenarios apply for undergraduate studies.

Since January 2012, the January Term is no longer in effect at the Civil Law Section. However, it remains in effect at the Common Law Section. If you wish to take courses offered by the Common Law Section, you should do so during the fall term. By doing so, you will avoid any timetable conflicts during the winter term.

Example of course load for students in the Licence program (undergraduate) – Maximum of six courses per term

1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week;
6 courses comprise 18 hours of instruction a week;
1 term consists of 12 weeks;
18 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 216 hours of instruction over one term;
216 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 18 credits at the University of Ottawa.

Example of course load for students in the Licence program (undergraduate) – Maximum of five courses per term

1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week;
5 courses comprise 15 hours of instruction a week;
1 term consists of 12 weeks;
15 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 180 hours of instruction over one term;
180 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 15 credits at the University of Ottawa.

Example of course load for students in the Licence program (undergraduate) - Minimum of four courses per term

1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week;
4 courses comprise 12 hours of instruction a week;
1 term consists of 12 weeks;
12 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 144 hours of instruction over one term;
144 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 12 credits at the University of Ottawa.

Depending on your course of studies, you may need to register for six, five or four courses during a term abroad. Here are some possibilities:

Example of a course load for students in the LLL program (undergraduate) – Maximum of six courses per term:
1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week
6 courses comprise 18 hours of instruction a week
1 term consists of 12 weeks
18 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 216 hours of instruction over one term
216 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 18 credits at the University of Ottawa

Example of a course load for students in the LLL program (undergraduate) – Maximum of five courses per term:
1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week
5 courses comprise 15 hours of instruction a week
1 term consists of 12 weeks
15 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 180 hours of instruction over one term
180 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 15 credits at the University of Ottawa

Example of a course load for students in the LLL program (undergraduate) – Minimum of four courses per term:
1 course consists of 3 hours of instruction a week
4 courses comprise 12 hours of instruction a week
1 term consists of 12 weeks
12 hours of courses X 12 weeks = 144 hours of instruction over one term
144 hours of instruction in the host faculty/institution = 12 credits at the University of Ottawa

Course registration - Incoming Students

When you submitted your application to your home faculty, the Civil Law Section list of courses offered and examination timetables for 2017-2018 were not available yet. The list of courses offered, the examination timetables (in French only) and the course timetable (bilingual) are now available at the following link: http://droitcivil.uottawa.ca/fr/affaires-scolaires/cours-et-examens

Be sure to check the examination timetable first for possible conflicts. If there are conflicts, take a moment to adjust your course selection and to make any changes before the September 22 deadline for the 2017 fall term and the January 26 deadline for the 2018 winter term. 

For those who are also registered in courses offered by the Common Law Section, please consult their fall and winter examination timetables as well as the course timetable. You can find the information on the Website of the Common Law Section.

To consult the course timetable, please follow these steps:

1) go to the link
2) on the left handside menu, click on "Courses Offered";
3) in the "Most Used Criteria" box, click on "On Campus"; "All semesters"; "All year levels"; "Civil Law Section" and "Search".

You will get a list of all of the courses offered in 2016-2017. Click on the course code to obtain further information. Letters A, B, C, D, etc. are used to designated sections. It means that the course is offered several times, sometimes with the same theme or under a different one. Sections are normally offered at different times on different days. Make sure the section you select is the right one for you before writing it down on the registration form. Not all of the courses listed are given each year. The course is offered in the language in which it is described.

Changes to course selection

The deadlines for any changes to your course selections are as follows:

2017 fall term: September 22;
2018 winter term: January 26.

This gives you a chance to attend your courses and then withdraw if some are not of interest to you. 

The deadlines to drop a course without having the mention "Fail" on your official transcript are:

2017 fall term: November 24;
2018 winter session: March 23.

Please download the Modification / Cancellation of Registration form, fill it out, sign and date it, and send it to the Manager, International and Community Relations ( lbisson@uOttawa.ca). She will act as the liaison between you and the Civil Law Section’s academic secretariat. Forms are available at the Civil Law Section's academic secretariat (2nd Floor) or at the Manager's office. 

Courses prerequisites 

When you see “Prerequisite” after a course description, it means that you must have taken the equivalent of the requested course at your home faculty.
 
For example, if you want to take the course DRC 2514 Droit des obligations II, you must have completed a prerequisite course, the equivalent of Droit des Obligations I, at your home institution. If you have not taken the equivalent course, the Section will not be able to approve your application.

You must provide a copy of your transcript showing the prerequisite or, if it is unclear from the transcript, you must provide a description of the course you have taken. If no description is available, you must get the professor who taught the course to certify that you have completed the prerequisite and that you are qualified to take the course requested.

Places available in the courses and waiting lists

Here's the procedure to follow to see if there are some places available in the courses:

Login to uoZone;
Choose Applications;
Choose 'Enrol';
Select the semester you are enrolling for and click 'continue';
Click on the green 'search' button (you do not need to input a class number);
Enter the letter part of the course code into 'subject';
Enter the number part of the course code into 'course number';
Click on 'search';
Information on the days, timing, professor, and available seats are displayed.

If the course is full, an orange triangle will appear under the subhead "Status" even if it is indicated that a certain amount of places are available. Sometimes, these places are reserved for students from the Common Law Section, graduate studies in law, etc.  

Here's the procedure to follow to put your name on a waiting list for a course:

Click on the green button "select". This will bring you to another page;
Select the "Wait list" check box and click on the green button "Next". You will have a confirmation that the course is in your basket;
Click on the blue tab "Enroll", and "add", select the term under which you wish to register to the waiting list and click "Continue". You will get on a new page and you will be able to see the status of your request. Click on the green button "Proceed to step 2 of 3". You will get once more on a new page. Click on the green button "Finish enrolling".

To obtain the Registration Guide for Students, send an e-mail to lbisson@uOttawa.ca 

Supplemental examinations

No supplemental examinations are offered. If you fail a course, your official transcript from the University of Ottawa will show a grade of “E” (failure).

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