Courses for your Legal Studies degree

First-year courses and beyond

September to December

  • LS 101 – Introduction to Legal Studies
  • SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Two additional courses

January to April

  • One Legal Studies (LS) course, such as
    •  LS 222 – Juvenile Delinquency
    •  LS 271 – Conflict Resolution
    •  LS 286 – Law in Popular Culture
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

 *The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Legal Studies courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo. With so many options, you can choose the courses that match your interests. 

Sample upper-year courses

LS 201 – Women and the Law
LS 273 – Children’s Rights in Canada
LS 326 – Punishment and Society
LS 461 – Transnational Organized Crime


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps