Degree Requirements

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Students should refer to the Academic Rules of Osgoode Hall Law School, which can be found in the Student Handbook, for complete details on all degree requirements.

Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement

Students are required, in each of their 2nd and 3rd year, to successfully complete a seminar, course or faculty supervised research paper that is at least 7,000 words in length and is the primary mode of evaluation.  Seminars and courses that qualify as meeting the Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement will be indicated as such in the Syllabus.

Osgoode Public Interest Requirement (OPIR)

Students are required to complete 40 hours of law-related, public interest work over their three years at Osgoode and will receive recognition for their work on their final transcript.  Evaluation is done through either a short paper reflecting on the student’s experience or by participating in a moderated discussion group with other students.

Praxicum Requirement

In either 2nd or 3rd year, each student must successfully complete a praxicum designated course. A praxicum is a course, seminar or program that integrates legal theory with practice.  Praxicums provide opportunities for experiential learning:  a process which engages and fosters reflective education to assist students in becoming reflective legal professionals.  Courses, seminars and programs that qualify as meeting the Praxicum Requirement will be indicated as such in the Syllabus.

Fiduciary Relationships in Commercial Context Requirement

In order to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, each student must demonstrate an understanding of the foundational legal principles that apply to private relationships, including legal and fiduciary concepts in commercial relationships.  Accordingly, each student must successfully complete either Business Associations or the not-for-credit online module “Fiduciary Relationships in Commercial Context.”

Principles of Canadian Administrative Law Requirement

In order to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, each student must demonstrate an understanding of the principles of public law in Canada, including the principles of Canadian administrative law. These principles are not necessarily wholly covered in the mandatory first-year curriculum.  Accordingly, each student must successfully complete either Administrative Law or the not-for-credit online module “Principles of Canadian Administrative Law.”