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. The option is not available to Honours Political Science students, who can instead apply for the Legal Studies Specialization in combination with their Political Science Honours BA.

  • At least 3.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Completion of the option requirements will result in a "Legal Studies Option" designation on the student transcript. The option is open to all honours students.

Required Core Legal Studies Courses (2.5 credits)

  1. PO210
  2. 2.0 credits from: PO209, PO212, PO331, PO333, PO350, PO371, PO380, PO381, PO389 (refer to Note 1 below).

Note: 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:

  • Anthrolopogy

AN243 - Law, Culture and Society
AN333/SY333 - Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility

  • Business

BU231 - Business Law
BU451 - Law and Entrepreneurship
BU464 - Labour Relations

  • English

EN330 - Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms

  • Global Studies

GS411 - Global Justice

  • History

HI219 - History of English Law to 1714
HI253 - Race, Rights and the Law in Early United States History
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
HI390 - Family Law in Greece and Rome

  • Philosophy

PP213 - Legal Philosophy
PP217 - Medical Ethics
PP247 - Business Ethics

  • Political Science

PO301 - Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America

  • Sociology

SY241 - Sociology of Crime: Structural Perspectives
SY242 - Sociology of Crime: Interpretive Perspectives

  • Women and Gender Studies

WS306 - Women and Social Justice

Additional Information

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.