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Becoming 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? Law and Society provides 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 applies a critical approach to revealing the underlying relationship between law and society by using real problems and examples so you can better understand the impact of law on your and other people’s lives. It will also increase your awareness of the many social factors that affect law, such as race, gender, age, sexuality, gender and class.

Law and Society enables you to examine the relationship between law and such important social phenomena as crime, culture, gender, family, social movements, Indigenous rights, intellectual property, the environment, labour, and poverty.

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our Admission Requirements and other information on how to apply in our Admissions Toolkit.

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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Law and Society

Program Highlights

  • View the Law and Society experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Our campus is conveniently located near Brantford’s court and legal centres, which provide many opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
  • This program is committed to teaching the technical aspects of the law and how the law functions and the way it is influenced.
  • You can also apply for the Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program, where you earn an honours Arts degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in six years.
  • Laurier is one of only a handful of universities to offer a Law and Society program, and you can also take courses in related disciplines like Criminology, Psychology and Human Rights and Human Diversity.

Sample Courses

  • Law and Social Control
  • The Canadian Legal System I
  • Criminal Law in Canada
  • Famous Trials
  • International Law
  • Law and Culture
  • Jurisprudence
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Law
  • Law and the Environment
  • Perspectives on Justice


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology Minor
  • Social and Environmental Justice Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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