Law and Society

What is law and society?

Laws are fundamental to any successful society. Law and society is the study of the place of these laws in social, political, economic and cultural life. Throughout history, as communities and countries have struggled to define and serve justice, social, cultural, and legal institutions have been essential. By studying how legal and social systems are interconnected and how law is woven into communities, students gain an understanding of what happens when legal instruments and institutions succeed and when they fail.

Law and society at Memorial

The law and society major encompasses many diverse disciplines of study, among them anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, political science, police studies and sociology. It introduces students to different facets of law and the role of law in society through the ages.

The law and social major is housed in the Department of Political Science.


Sample courses and degree map

LWSO 1000 - Law, Democracy and Social Justice
LWSO 3012 - Aboriginal Peoples: Concepts of Land, the Law and the Constitution
LWSO 3400 - Organized Crime in Canada: National and Global Perspectives

Law and soceity degree map

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Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science


Bachelor of Arts


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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