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A student in the Legal Studies program at the University of Waterloo.

Law touches virtually every aspect of society. That makes a degree in Legal Studies great preparation for a career in government, business, the non-profit sector, law enforcement, and (of course!) law itself.

At Waterloo, you’ll enjoy small classes led by highly respected researchers, giving you lots of opportunity for discussion, and you'll also have the opportunity to gain work experience through co-op.

Over the course of your Legal Studies undergraduate degree, you’ll explore the impact of law on society, the origins of legal systems, how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms creates change, and issues such as crime, deviance, punishment, and restorative justice.

You’ll graduate with skills in research, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication, along with an in-depth understanding of law and legal systems.

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briefcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Legal Studies admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

How to apply

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Legal Studies as your major at the end of first year.

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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