By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
The University of Ottawa recently announced a new partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law to offer a Certificate in French Common Law (CCLF), the first of its kind in Canada. Beginning in the fall of 2016, it will allow incoming University of Saskatchewan students with competencies in French to obtain a CCLF from the University of Ottawa during the completion of the three year J.D. Program.
The CCLF will provide new opportunities for bilingual students and increase access to legal services in French in francophone minority communities. It will allow law students to take part of their course load in French, complete an exchange in Ottawa, compete in a moot court competition with teams throughout Canada, be paired with experienced mentors in the legal profession, and have the opportunity to complete a credited internship with law firms, organization and government actors that work in French in Saskatchewan.
For more information, please see an interview with the CCLF Program Director, Professor Caroline Magnan.