Law and Society (BA)

There’s more to the law than rules and regulations. Study how the complex dynamics that shape people’s personal and social lives intersect with the judicial system. Investigate how social factors, including power, money and race, influence lawmaking and its enforcement. Critically analyze how the law can help relieve or reinforce discrimination based on race, gender, socioeconomic status and more. Be prepared for many careers, including legal professions.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Law and Society program:

  • Take the Walls to Bridges course at the Grand Valley Institution for Women with equal numbers of incarcerated students and Laurier students learning together as peers.
  • Complete a directed studies course in your fourth year, studying a topic that interests you.
  • Earn a research or instructional assistantship position applying your learning while assisting a professor from the Law and Society program.
  • Showcase your work for the public and Laurier community at the Academic, Creative and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS).

Check out the Law and Society Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UVT
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Students enrolling in Laurier’s Law and Society program on the Brantford campus after completing a two- or three-year diploma program may earn up to 6.0 or 7.5 transfer credits (respectively).

Learn more about our college transfer agreement.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor
  • Social and Environmental Justice Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Law and Society
  • Introduction to Law and Society II
LLB (Sussex) and BA (Laurier) students are also required to take:
  • Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • Modernity: Critique and Resistance

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Billionaires, Beavers, and Banditos
  • Think Arts: Skills for University Success
  • Values and Society

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Perspectives on Justice
  • Victims, Rights and Social Justice

Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"The wonderful experience I had in the program is owed to many factors, but some of the most notable include the curriculum organization, which allows students to learn in many different ways; small class sizes, which enables professors and students to learn collaboratively; and the outstanding faculty who work with students and community organizations to provide support for all students in their academic lives and careers."

Lucas Barbosa, Law and Society graduate

"My experience with Laurier’s Law and Society program and it’s faculty has been extremely positive! I explored various themes stemming from both law and society, which is why it is a great program for those planning a career that combines legality and public service. I now apply all my acquired knowledge to my policing career."

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • assistant legal counsel
  • child protection worker
  • correctional officer
  • court reporter
  • human rights advocate
  • immigration officer
  • lawyer
  • police and probation officer
  • public policy advisor

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.