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Legal Studies

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location UOIT, Downtown Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DAL
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Legal Studies examines law’s defining features, forms and functions, and critically engages with how law interacts with and responds to social, political and technological change. The program demonstrates a commitment to promoting justice by cultivating sensitivity to diversity and exploring what it means to become an active, socially responsible citizen.


General information

Most of today’s controversial issues—whether stemming from political conflict, technological developments, economic inequality or other social changes—are expressed and mediated through law. The Legal Studies program offers you the opportunity to critically explore the social roles of law and its connections with community, government and society from different theoretical perspectives. The program demonstrates a commitment to promoting justice by cultivating active citizenship skills, critical reflection, and respect for diversity, pluralism, equality, and equity.  

You will be stimulated to appreciate the law in its plural—formal and informal—forms and to evaluate it from diverse perspectives. You will be challenged to question whether law equally responds to the needs of all groups in society, including Indigenous people, racial minorities, immigrants, the poor, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. You will study law in relation to topical themes, including national security, globalization, technology and the environment. You will explore various ways of resolving social conflicts—from traditional court processes to alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation.

Legal Studies graduates have knowledge and skills suitable for careers requiring legal research and analysis, policy analysis, human rights advocacy, mediation, and/or an understanding of privacy and information access issues. The program also offers preparation for graduate work in legal studies, law school, or paralegal or mediator certification programs.

You may pursue the comprehensive program or a specialization in:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Human Rights Law
  • Information Law

Additional information

For detailed information about the Legal Studies program and faculty, testimonials from current students and alumni, and exciting Legal Studies events and initiatives, visit the Legal Studies website.

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. 


Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
international applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Canadian Human Rights Law
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression
  • Criminal Law
  • Disability and the Law
  • Employment and Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
  • Information and Privacy Law
  • International Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Law and Globalization
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Public and Private Law

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students have an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary field that opens up possibilities for careers such as:

  • federal and provincial government administrator
  • human rights advocate
  • legal or policy analyst
  • legal researcher
  • mediator/dispute resolution specialist
  • social services worker
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