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Legal Studies - GAS transfer

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Six semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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This program provides graduates of an Ontario college certificate program in General Arts and Science the opportunity to apply for direct admission into the second year of Legal Studies.

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.

You may pursue the comprehensive program or a specializations in one of:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Human Rights Law
  • Information 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.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website
College-to-university transfer programs website

Admission requirements

Students who have successfully completed a General Arts and Science Certificate - Ontario Tech Liberal Arts Transfer/University Transfer option at Durham College may apply for direct admission into the second year of the Legal Studies program. Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in each prerequisite course with an overall average of 77 per cent or higher.

Transfer credit

In recognition of your certificate, you will receive 10 courses toward a 40-course BA in Legal Studies degree.

Last year's cut-off 77 per cent
Expected cut-off High 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

More information is available in the 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 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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