Double degree program in human rights and law

Because every person matters

Pursue a career in human rights by earning a Bachelor of Arts (including a minor in Human Rights) from Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Human Rights Law from the UK's University of Essex – all in five years.

If you're interested in human rights, a legal education provides specialized knowledge and a particular set of skills that are especially relevant. The multidisciplinary nature of these programs will prepare you to work for non-governmental or community-based organizations (such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch), for an inter-governmental organization such as the United Nations, or for various levels of government.

By studying at the School of Law at Essex, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad and attend a university that has a global reputation as a leader in human rights research, practice, and education.

Program highlights

  • Two degrees in as little as five years. Graduate with two degrees and a wealth of knowledge and experience, ready to pursue a career in human rights or human rights law.
  • Specialize in human rights. You'll begin to study human rights right in first year and continue throughout the five years of your degrees.
  • A global leader. The School of Law at Essex is home to the Human Rights Centre, one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world.

  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts with a Human Rights minor from Waterloo.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Human Rights Law from the UK's University of Essex.

What will you learn?

Courses for your degree

During your first year, you'll take two to three courses in your chosen major as well as courses for your Human Rights minor. Throughout your three years at Waterloo, you'll take 16 courses in your chosen major and eight courses for your Human Rights minor.

At Essex, you'll take various courses in the fields of law and human rights.

Learn more about courses you'll take for your degree.

Choose one of 30 majors

At the end of first year, choose one of the 30 majors offered in the Faculty of Arts.


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