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In Canada, two types of law are practiced: Common Law and Civil Law. Quebec is the only province in Canada that uses the Civil Law system; hence, it is the only province in which one can practice law with a Civil Law degree. Every other province and territory in Canada practices Common Law. A Common Law degree allows you to practice law in other Common Law countries, such as the United States, while a Civil Law degree allows you to practice law in other Civil Law countries, such as France.

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University of Windsor University of Victoria University of Saskatchewan Queen's University University of Ottawa
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Common Law Schools

Updated: January 2013

# School Name Applicants Offers Made 1st Year Enrollment Median LSAT Median GPA
1
2,111
-
199
168
4.1
2
1,479
-
179
162
3.7
3
3,107
574
291
163
3.93
4
2,261
-
185
166
3.8
5
1,383
-
110
161
3.87
6
1,700
-
175
164
4.0
7

1,160

-
380
-
-
8
1,500
-
175
161
3.7
9
2,797
549
168
162
-
10
1,211
325
110
162
3.9
11
1,360
110
110
160
3.57
12
1,080
126
126
159
3.34
13
1,011
-
90
159
3.8
14
2,750
-
175
162
3.7
15
2,707
-
533
158
3.07

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Rankings based on student surveys conducted in 2008. See full rankings at Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

The following criteria were used:

  1. Curriculum
  2. Faculty
  3. Professors
  4. Testing
  5. Facilities
  6. Relevance
  7. Recreation
# School Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final Grade
1
A-
A-
A-
B-
B
B
A
B+
2
A-
A-
B+
B
B
B
A-
B+
3
A-
B+
B+
B
B
B
A-
B+
4
B+
B+
A-
B
B
B
A
B+
5
B+
B+
B+
B
B-
B
A-
B
6
B+
B+
A-
B-
C+
B-
A
B
7
B+
B+
B+
B-
B
B-
A-
B
8
B
B+
A-
B
B-
B
B
B
9
B
B+
A-
B-
B+
C+
B+
B
10
B+
B+
B+
C+
B
B-
B+
B
11

B

B
B+
B-
B-
B-
B+
B
12
B+
B+
B+
C+
B-
C+
B+
B-
13
B
B
B+
C+
B-
C+
B
B-
14
B
B
B
C+
C-
C+
B
C+
-
Did not partcipate.


Civil Law Schools

  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • McGill University (4-year combined Common and Civil Law program; bilingualism required)
  • University of Ottawa (Civil Law program)

Most of the above law schools require applications through their individual online application systems or by mailing in an application package. However, the six Ontario schools use OLSAS (the Ontario Law School Application Service), a centralized online system that allows you to fill out your information once for all the Ontario law schools to which you apply. The Civil Law schools do not require applicants to take the LSAT because it is only offered in English.

A joint degree (both Common Law and Civil Law) allows you to develop a wider perspective of both legal systems of the Western world, but generally requires four years to complete. Most law schools provide either a Common Law program in English or a Civil Law program in French. The exceptions are the University of Ottawa, McGill University, and the Université de Moncton.

 

 
 
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