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The Location

MSU Law’s Canadian Summer Externship Program is held in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario, the national capital of Canada and home to Canada’s Parliament. Classes are held at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, which is one of only a few law schools in Canada that has both a Common Law Faculty and a Civil Law Faculty. It is distinguished from other Canadian law schools because a significant portion of its civil law curriculum is taught in English instead of French. The University of Ottawa is recognized as Canada’s premiere bilingual university.

Ottawa has been named one of the world’s 10 best cities in which to live (Source: Corporate Resource Group, Geneva). It has a vibrant cultural life with an abundance of theaters, national museums, and festivals. Despite its more than one million residents, the area is famous for its green spaces, bicycle paths, and rivers, making it especially appealing to people with an active lifestyle.

Enrichment Activities

Among the numerous extracurricular programs is a weekend trip to Quebec City, where students are hosted by the Quebec provincial government. Tours of the city, government offices, and legal facilities include meetings with officials from the government of Quebec, who meet with students over lunch. Students enjoy Quebec’s cultural and social life as well.


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