Law and Society


What is law and society?

Law and society is an interdisciplinary program orientated towards students who are interested in pursuing a career in a law-related field or who are simply curious about the law. It is an exciting field of study which deals with the nature of law and its role in everyday life. As part of the process of exploring these relationships, law and society scholarship incorporates insights from various academic disciplines including: history, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, gender studies and conventional legal scholarship.

It is possible to declare either a major or minor in law and society. Both the major and minor provide students with the opportunity to take elective courses in a range of related disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, business, history and gender studies. Law and society also makes a concerted effort to improve accessibility for students throughout the province by offering courses through distance education, including the core courses required for a law and society major or minor. Of course, students studying in other disciplines and faculties may also take law and society electives to fulfil their general degree requirements.


Why study law and society?

The law and society program is both flexible and engaging. Its interdisciplinary nature allows students to explore a broad range of courses while still meeting the major or minor requirements for an undergraduate degree. The program also makes a concerted effort to keep students informed of law-related events and to maintain working relationships with local law related organizations. As part of the program’s community outreach, guest speakers take part in program events and meet with on-campus students.

Although it is not a pre-law program, many law and society students are interested in law as a profession. Law and society allows students to learn about the law and the important social role of the Canadian legal system.
Consequently, law and society provides a useful background for a career in academia, business, journalism, police work, law, as well as work in policy making, and human resources related fields. As with many academic fields of study, students with a keen interest in the area may decide to pursue graduate studies in the area. Given the increasing prevalence of law and legal issues in our society, a law and society background helps students acquire knowledge about law-related issues that is crucial to public and private sector employment.

Course available in first year

Law and Society 1000
Law, Democracy and Social Justice examines the nature and aims of democracy and contemporary issues related to social justice through a law and society perspective.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in law & society will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090critical reading & writing course (CRW) from major subject area
language study (LS) courselanguage study (LS) course
Law and Society 1000Law and Society 2000 or another course toward major program
quantitative reasoning (QR) coursequantitative reasoning (QR) course



For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre,



Contact information

For additional information please contact:

Renee Shute, Manager of Academic Programs



Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000