Dalhousie Law Journal


Civil Law, Common Law, University of Ottawa, legal education


The present Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa was inaugurated in 1953, although law had been taught at the Institution from 1887 to shortly before the First World War. This first venture in the teaching of the law was addressed to students both from Ontario and Quebec and the objective of the Faculty, at that time, was to teach both legal systems and to prepare students for the practice of law in both provinces. We will endeavour to present the developments in legal education from the perspective of the Civil Law Section although, unavoidably, the presence of the Common Law Section has had a considerable influence on these developments. Most of what is distinctive and original in the University of Ottawa's program depends precisely on the interrelationship between the two Sections and the programs which have been created as a result of this rather unique opportunity.