University of Ottawa Association of Women and the Law

The University of Ottawa Association of Women and the Law (UOAWL) is an advocacy group associated with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the National Association of Women in the Law.

About Us

Our Mission

Promoting substantive equality through sisterhood (beyond cisterhood) by working towards law reform and the realization of human rights for all womxn in the law and legal professions in Canada.



Membership in OUAWL is open to all members of UOttawa that have an interest in the aims and objectives of UOAWL.


We are committed to equity in the law and welcome all ages, genders, sexes, sexual orientations, religions, races, ethnicities, and political views to join us and support our mission.


Our executive committee includes 1L, Mature, and Civil Law representatives to voice your concerns and gather feedback. Please reach out to your representative or to our council today!


Recent Posts

  • Feminist Law Reform 101
    Submissions from Fall 2020 Feminist Law Reform with Prof. Martha Jackman:Visit the course website at: https://feministlawreform101.nawl.ca The STCA Negatively Affects Women Facing Domestic Violence By Megan Talbot The Safe Third Country Agreement (‘STCA’) between the US and Canada, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, disproportionally affects refugee women fleeing from domestic violence. By requiringContinue reading “Feminist Law Reform 101”
  • Dress Code Discrimination in the Workplace
    By: Taylor Bain Questions around what is “appropriate” for womxn to wear are pervasive, especially when it comes to the workplace. Dress codes, a tool that allows employers to determine what is “appropriate,” are one area in particular that expose workers to sex- and gender-based discrimination.  In Ontario, dress codes must comply with the OntarioContinue reading “Dress Code Discrimination in the Workplace”
  • Your Story Matters.
    The summer before law school, I attended a music festival where I ran into former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin. In awe, I asked her, “What advice do you have for success in law school?” Her answer: “Look for the story behind the case.” As someone who was going to law school because of the ways the system hadContinue reading “Your Story Matters.”


Upcoming Events

Kicking off January Term with a blast, join us on Jan 13th for Osler Women Lawyer’s Network Virtual Firm Tour!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our fall events:
Case Briefs and Summaries 101 &
Diversity in the Law, & Wellness Wednesday

Coming soon:

Osler Women Lawyer’s Network Virtual Firm Tour
Jan 13th 4pm
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205402381264217

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