Why study Law, Justice and Society at Dalhousie?

If you're curious about the law; if you want to learn how 'justice' is understood or approached in different fields of study or social contexts; or if you are thinking about pursuing a Law degree (Juris doctorate) or graduate level legal studies after completing your bachelor's degree, our program in Law, Justice and Society will help you set your course.

This program provides an introduction to the study of law, an overview of the Canadian legal system, an opportunity to examine the role of law in society from the perspectives of different disciplines, and an opportunity to investigate law as a potential career.

Program details

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

TStudents may choose the Minor, Major or Honours BA degree option.    

Students will have a solid core of common courses at the second- and third-year levels, with one each in philosophy, sociology, political science, and history, plus one in both second and third year taught by scholars with backgrounds in law (JDs and/or practice).

Elective options will allow students to tailor their programs to their own interests or to develop particular strengths in one or another area of socio-legal studies. Honours students will have a common fourth-year seminar focused on research.*

*We also hope, in due course, to add a new required course for fourth-year students in the major that will bring them together for a common capstone experience. 

Students in both the honours and the major programs will also have the opportunity to study a number of specialized topics in seminar settings, selecting from a range of small fourth-year seminars in their particular areas of interest in their final year of study.

For details on degree options and credit requirements, see the LSJO website.


Required high school courses:

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The Introduction to Laws course has approximately 160 students.
  • Elective class sizes vary according to the discipline or subject area in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing Services can help.   

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style, traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing