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.
Law and Society provides a thought-provoking and rewarding liberal arts degree that will be useful in personal and professional situations. Knowledge of law and legal processes provides excellent preparation for a career in the law.
You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.
You'll complete your first two years in the Law and Society program at our Brantford campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam. After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.
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:
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