Judge the impact of the legal system (no gavels required)
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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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)
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First-year Legal Studies courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
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
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular minors for Legal Studies students include Human Resource Management, Sociology, and Psychology.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Legal assistant
- Law clerk
- Business analyst
- Legal office assistant
- Project administrator
- Marketing associate
Sample co-op employers
- Blake, Cassels & Graydon
- Riders Plus Insurance Inc.
- Ontario Ministry of Finance
- Peel Regional Police
- Mentor Works Ltd.
What can you do with a degree in Legal Studies?
Graduates with a Legal Studies degree often find careers working in law firms, human resources, management, legal departments of companies and businesses, security services, retail, and education to name a variety.
- Legal Administrative Assistant – McCarthy Tetrault
- Economist – Ministry of Finance, Ontario
- Analyst – Canadian Armed Forces
- Human Resource Specialist – Qvella
- Business Development Representative – Rothmans
- Project Manager – Manulife Financial
- Accommodations Consultant – Prica Global
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Earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies
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Study law from every angle
Gain a broad perspective on the law by studying political science, history, sociology, philosophy, and peace and conflict studies.
Get serious work experience
Choose the co-op system of study and apply your knowledge in law firms, government offices, business, technology companies, and more.