Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2010/2011
Canadian Excellence

Legal Studies Option

The Legal Studies Option consists of 4.0 credits (2.0 required and 2.0 elective). Honours program students with a minimum overall GPA of 7.0 at the end of Year 1 are eligible to apply for the Legal Studies Option. Students can also enter at the end of Year 2 or 3. A cumulative GPA of 7.00 in the courses specific to the Legal Studies Option is required to graduate.

  • At least 2.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University. For Political Science majors, the elective courses must be outside the major.
  • Completion of the Option requirements will result in a "Legal Studies Option" designation on student transcripts and degree. The Option is open to all honours students.


Required Core Courses (2.0 credits)
PO210 - Introduction to Law
PO333 - International Law
PO350 - Theories of Justice
PO371 - The Constitution and Judicial Politics in Canada

Elective Courses (2.0 credits)
Four electives (2.0 credits) from among the following courses:
AN333/SY333 - Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility
BU231 - Business Law
BU451 - The Legal Environment of Business in Canada
BU464 - Labour Relations
HI375 - Seeking Justice: The Family and Law in Canada, 1867-1969
PO351 - Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics
PP213 - Legal Philosophy
PP217 - Medical Ethics
PP247 - Business Ethics
SY420 - Bodies, Bioethics, and Boundaries
WS306 - Women and Social Justice

In addition, when choosing elective courses, note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision April 12, 2010: New Option; effective September 1, 2010.