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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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.

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.

Earn a Law Degree, Too

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.

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Program Highlights

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 at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


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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