Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2015/2016
Canadian Excellence

Legal Studies Option

The Legal Studies Option consists of 4.0 credits (2.5 required and 1.5 elective). Honours program students with a minimum overall GPA of 7.0 at the end of Years 1, 2 or 3 are eligible to apply for the Legal Studies Option. A cumulative GPA of 7.00 in the courses specific to the Legal Studies Option is required to graduate.

  • At least 3.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University. For Political Science majors, the elective courses must be outside the major.
  • Completion of the Option requirements will result in a "Legal Studies Option" designation on student transcripts and degree. The Option is open to all honours students.


Required Core Courses (2.5 credits)

  1. PO210
  2. 2.0 credits from: PO209, PO212, PO331, PO333, PO350, PO371, PO380, PO389 (refer to Note 1 below).

Note 1: More than one PO389 (Special Topics) course may be used to fulfil this requirement; consult the department.


Elective Courses (1.5 credits)
3 courses from among the following:

AN333/SY333 - Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility
BU231 - Business Law
BU451 - The Legal Environment of Business in Canada
BU464 - Labour Relations
EN330 - Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms
GS411 - Global Justice
HI255 - Crime and Justice in Antiquity
HI318 - Crime, Sex, and Scandal in 19th Century Britain
HI375 - Seeking Justice: The Family and Law in Canada, 1867-1969
PP213 - Legal Philosophy
PP217 - Medical Ethics
PP247 - Business Ethics
PO301 - Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America
SY241 - Sociology of Crime: Structural Perspectives
SY242 - Sociology of Crime: Interpretive Perspectives

In addition, when choosing elective courses, note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision April 15, 2015: Program changes; effective September 1, 2015.