Legal Studies Degree

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Legal Studies Degree

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 19,759 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 47,859

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The law touches upon almost every aspect of human society, and those who have a deep understanding of the way laws are created, modified, interpreted and enforced will have a substantial edge in their careers, even if they do not go on to become a lawyer. Many people who study the law at the baccalaureate level go on to found successful careers in law enforcement, government, policy research, business or in various non-profit sector roles. 

    The University of Waterloo’s Legal Studies Program is characterised by small class sizes and is taught by leading researchers in their fields, both of which contribute to the excellent quality of education you’ll receive. 

    You can further differentiate your degree by adding one or more minor fields of study. You’ll also have access to plenty of paid co-operative study opportunities. This is a chance to graduate with relevant, real world experience under your belt, and should not be missed! 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Legal Studies
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Canadian Constitutional Law
    • Communication and Social Justice
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Corporate Governance
    • Crime, Law, and Technoscience
    • Criminal Justice Institutions
    • Criminal Profiling
    • Crossing Borders: Law and Global Deviance
    • Directed Readings in Legal Studies
    • Global Governance
    • Government and Politics of Indigenous Peoples
    • Human Rights
    • Human Rights in Historical Perspective
    • Justice and Gender
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Law and Popular Culture
    • Law and Violence
    • Law, Culture, and Rights
    • Migration and Legality
    • Peers and Crime
    • Perspectives on Legal Authority and Subjectivity
    • Philosophy of Law
    • Police Systems and Practices
    • Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada
    • Restorative Justice
    • Rights and Public Policy
    • Sentencing as a Social Process
    • Socio-Legal Responses to Crime
    • Sociology of At-Risk Youth
    • Special Topics in Legal Studies
    • Surveillance and Society
    • The Evolution of Family Law in Canadian Society
    • Trafficking and Financial Crime
    • Transnational Migration
    • Transnational Organized Crime
    • Violent Extremism and Terrorism
    • Women and the Law

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Waterloo’s Psychology program is delivered primarily through lectures, tutorials and seminars, though you will participate in skills workshops and special events as well. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    All of Waterloo’s degree programs focus in ‘the three Es’, Education, Experience and Employment. They include extensive work based and co-operative education options which yield valuable hand-on experience and improve neatly any CV.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you well for a wide range of roles, or for an academic career including a master’s and perhaps PhD degree. UWaterloo Legal Studies graduates have gone on to become Legal Assistants, Summer Law Students, Legal Associates, Human Resources Professionals, Legal Assistants, Legislative Services Coordinators, Student Support Counsellors and Teachers at organisations like the Ministry of the Attorney General, Loblaw Companies, Bruder Springstead LLP and the Ministry of Education for Ontario.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a high school program at a Canadian secondary school, or the international equivalent. Great weight will be given to the GPA earned by your final year.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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