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Legal Studies - Advanced Entry

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September (full-time)
Length Four semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent) in Court and Tribunal Administration, Law Clerk or Paralegal.

General information

Gain insight into the uniquely powerful language of law and come to understand its limits as well as its capabilities. The Legal Studies program offers you the opportunity to critically explore the social roles of law and its connections with community, government and society from different perspectives. The program demonstrates a commitment to promoting justice by cultivating active citizenship skills, critical reflection, and respect for diversity, pluralism, equality, and equity.

Our program provides an extensive understanding of law in its social context, including areas such as human rights, international law, alternative dispute resolution and information and privacy law.

Additional information

For detailed information about the Legal Studies program and faculty, testimonials from current students and alumni, and exciting Legal Studies events and initiatives, visit the Legal Studies website.

College-to-university transfer programs website

Admission requirements

An Ontario college or Ontario college advanced diploma in one of the programs listed below with a minimum B-/70 per cent average:

  • Court and Tribunal Administration
  • Law Clerk or Law Clerk Advanced
  • Office Administration - Legal*
  • Paralegal

    - or -

A graduate certificate in Paralegal, Legal Research and Information Management, or Mediation - Alternative Dispute Resolution presented concurrently with an Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent) in one of:

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation
  • Social Services Worker

*Office Administration - Legal graduates from Durham College who present the minimum required average have been pre-approved for admission. Graduates of other Office Administration - Legal programs should contact the Admissions office to determine their admission eligibility.

Transfer credit

 In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 20 courses toward the 40-course Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.


Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Canadian Human Rights Law
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression
  • Criminal Law
  • Disability and the Law
  • Employment and Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
  • Information and Privacy Law
  • International Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Law and Globalization
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Public and Private Law

Program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students have an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary field that opens up possibilities for careers such as:

  • Federal and provincial government administrator
  • Human rights advocate
  • Legal analyst
  • Legal researcher
  • Mediator/dispute resolution specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Social services worker
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