What will I learn?

Laws and regulations affect our daily lives—but most of the time, we don’t even think about it. From driving a car to purchasing a home to getting married, laws give us rules to help ensure a safe and peaceful society.

Multifaceted legal studies

In this program, you'll gain an interdisciplinary perspective on how society shapes law and how law shapes society from experts in fields as diverse as anthropology, history, politics, sociology and philosophy.

You'll participate in a wide range of discussions, debates, and activities:

  • Participate in a courtroom simulation, arguing one side or the other of a hypothetical legal situation.
  • Contribute to critical debates that aim at understanding why our political and financial systems allow poverty to exist.
  • Find out how the regulation of alcohol, drug, and tobacco consumption, sexual behaviour, pulp fiction and comics, sports, gambling, and the use and abuse of animals have contributed to our redefinition of appropriate forms of recreation.
  • Watch films and participate in conversations on current topics related to human rights.
  • Examine the role of practical reason in answering complex moral and sometimes controversial questions related to law and policy making, including euthanasia, abortion, pornography, and other issues.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and practicum placement courses, such as the Practicum in Public Policy: NGOs and Government Services, and the Model UN (Political Science), as well as those that are currently in development by the departments of History and Sociology & Anthropology.


Students will take a few core requirements to ensure a solid multi-disciplinary basis for the study of law and justice in society, and then have a wide choice of electives, too.

Through the core course in the Program—LAWS 2500: Introduction to Law—you'll learn from experienced lawyers and legal scholars who are affiliated with the Schulich School of Law.

Core courses

The program includes core second and third year courses with multi-disciplinary angles to view the law. Courses are offered through the Schulich School of Law, and the Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology and Social Anthropology. Students will take courses on Legal Thinking, Human Rights Foundations, Sociology of the Law and the History of Crime and Punishment.

Elective options

In addition to the core courses the program requires between 9 and 33 additional credit hours in chosen electives from an extensive list including such topics as Crime and Behaviour, Forensic Psychology, Environmental Law, Politics of Fear, Citizenship, Global Poverty and Human Rights, along with many others.



Contact us at ljso@dal.ca