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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

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.

You will learn how to find just legal solutions to social conflicts through alternative methods of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation processes. You will be challenged to evaluate law from the perspectives of people in socially marginalized positions, including Indigenous people, racial minorities, immigrants, poor people, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. Additionally, you will study law in relation to topical themes, including national security, globalization, technology and the body.

Legal Studies graduates have knowledge and skills suitable for careers requiring legal research and 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

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:

  • Aboriginal Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Law
  • Family Law
  • Gender and Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Information and Privacy Law
  • International Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Law and Technology
  • Law and the Body
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Public and Private Law
  • Security and the Nation State
  • Social Justice

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 are granted 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 analyst
  • legal researcher
  • mediator/dispute resolution specialist
  • social services worker
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