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French certification to be offered for law students

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The Certification in Common Law in French will soon be offered at the University of Calgary

Calgary joins Saskatchewan as the only universities to offer this partnership with the University of Ottawa

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Francophone students studying law in Calgary will have more support thanks to a partnership with the University of Ottawa.

The University of Calgary will roll out the Certification in Common Law in French (CCLF), which gives current law students with competencies in French the opportunity to obtain a certification from the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program.

Professor Caroline Magnan explains the new certification is important.

“For students to have access to legal education in French, thereby allowing them to have access to positions with the federal government, the courts, eventually, hopefully in the judiciary. The other aspect is to help increase access to justice for Francophone litigants here in Alberta.”

Magnan hopes that other universities in Canada will follow suit and offer French certifications of their own.

“We hope that more and more students will have access to common law courses in French and thereby increasing access to justice in both languages throughout Canada.”

The U of C will become just the second school to offer the French certification the University of Ottawa with the University of Saskatchewan being the other.