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Law and Society (BA)


Why do courts make the decisions they do? Why do governments pass the laws they pass? Our Law and Society program will provide you with an understanding of how society shapes law and how law shapes society. You’ll examine what the law says and what the law does – and the difference between the two.

Our program takes a critical approach to addressing the relationship between law and society by using real problems and examples so you can better understand the impact of law on people’s lives. It will also increase your awareness of the many social factors that effect law, such as race, gender, age, sexuality and class.

Program Highlights

  • Our Brantford campus is conveniently located near Brantford’s court and legal centres, which provide many opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
  • We are one of only a handful of universities to offer an undergraduate program of this kind, and you can also take courses in related disciplines like Psychology and Human Rights and Human Diversity.
  • Our faculty will engage you as an active learner by drawing your attention to current social issues and exposing you to legal tools and ideas to shape your response to the issues.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • The Canadian Legal System
  • Famous Trials
  • Jurisprudence
  • Advanced Topics in Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law in Canada
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law

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  • Admission range of low-mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.


Our program provides excellent preparation for a career in law, but it can also be applicable to other areas that intersect with law, such as social work or politics. Some career examples include:

  • Lawyer
  • Social worker
  • Human rights advocate
  • Paralegal
  • Ombudsperson
  • Human resource specialist
  • Non-profit organization worker
  • Public policy advisor
  • Community outreach
  • Community researcher
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst
  • Victims advocate

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