The Osgoode Juris Doctor Program

As a student at one of Canada's largest and most highly reputed law schools, you will benefit from a rich and rigorous academic program taught by our internationally renowned full-time faculty and distinguished adjunct professors. You will learn alongside other outstanding students in a collaborative environment that fosters theoretical and practical legal knowledge, diverse perspectives, and the use of law to promote justice in society.  You will develop lifelong connections and skills, joining the ranks of Osgoode graduates making a difference around the globe through leadership and service both within and beyond the legal profession.


Advantages of the Osgoode JD


Program Overview

The Osgoode JD is a three-year degree involving six terms (fall and winter) of full-time study. Students complete a prescribed set of courses in first year and 60 elective credits in second and third year. In addition to fulfilling the required number of course credits, students are required to complete the following in order to graduate:

  • at least one 8,000 word research paper (two papers, starting with the incoming class in 2012)
  • at least 40 hours of supervised volunteer legal work over the course of the three-year program (Osgoode Public Interest Requirement / OPIR)
  • beginning with the incoming class in 2012, at least one experiential learning class, clinical program or intensive

While most students attend Osgoode full-time for the full three years of study, some students may choose to spend a term or year studying abroad, and students in the joint and combined programs will spend a portion of their time at another faculty or institution to graduate with dual degrees after four years. Osgoode also permits some students to enrol in the law school after first year as letter of permission or transfer students.