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Internship at the CRDP

Course code and title


DRT 3916 - Stage de recherche I

DRT 3966 - Stage de recherche II
(Prerequisite: Stage de recherche I)



DRT 1901 and DRT 2902

Course level

Blocs K et L : 6 crédits

Open: Fall and winter semesters, 3rd year 

Research themes

The Centre de recherche en droit public is Canada's leading research center in law, and also the country's largest. All of the CRDP's research is centred around law as it pertains to social and technological change. The research teams are composed of professors, researchers and students, and focus on three areas:

  • Law and new social relations
  • Law and information and communication technologies
  • Law, biotechnology and community

The CRDP is renowned for its innovative work and dynamic student life. Nearly 50 master's and doctoral students work there. Every intern is asked to participate in a multidisciplinary research team and gain experience doing real academic research. The teams' research themes cover a broad range of topics:

  • protection of personal information on the Internet;
  • ethical and legal stakes in the development of genomics;
  • new political uses of law;
  • cultural diversity and relations to law;
  • the Aboriginal world and new governance relations;
  • cyberjustice;
  • globalization and normativities;
  • etc.

Each intern is integrated into one of the Centre's research teams. One of the presuppositions of the internship program is that the intern is interested in one of the research topics, most of which are on the cutting edge in law. Interns need great intellectual curiosity and have to be flexible and able to adapt. Every intern is led to develop basic research skills and explore new aspects of law as it is today and will be tomorrow.

Intership goals

First, by the end of the intership, interns are able to draw up outlines for legal research on their own. This includes identifying an issue, describing it, breaking it down into components and suggesting an appropriate method of analysis.

Second, interns develop strong documentary research skills, in particular through bibliography preparation.

Third, interns improve their oral presentation skills so that they can describe issues and finding concisely and methodically.

Fourth, interns are required to prepare a systematic summary of their finding and conclusions on a specific issue.

Candidate selection

The CRDP internship program targets students with a strong academic record. The internship is worth six (6) credits. Candidate are selected based on the excellence of their academic record and their interest in the research themes.

Mastery of tools for accessing legal documentation is essential: candidates are required to have taken a three-credit course on legal documentation and a three-credit course on legal writing.


CRDP internships involve work on topics that are partially imposed by the requirement of the research projects into which interns are integrated. Each intern  contributes to the team's work while at the same time gaining experience in how to do legal research.

The work plan is set by the supervising professor at the beginning of the internship. Note that the work does not involve personal research on a topic chosen freely by the student; it is part of a collective enterprise flowing from the CRDP's research program. These requirements are taken into account when the topic is chosen, and the work must be carried out in accordance with set specifications.

Interns can be required to present the issue on which they are working and their initial finding at a seminar attended by all of the Centre's researchers.Interns are expected to spend 5 to 12 hours a week, not including exam weeks, on work related to the internship.

At the end of the academic year, interns shall submit their research and related documents in accordance with a records management system that will enable future interns to continue the work.

Interns will be assessed on all of their work throughout the internship. Assessment is the responsibility of the supervising professor in cooperation with the Director.

For further information, please contact Patrik Maheux

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