Law and society

Campus: St. John's Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts; International bachelor of arts; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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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

Law and society is an interdisciplinary major that is housed in the Department of Political Science. It encompasses many diverse disciplines of study, among them anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, political science, police studies and sociology. The major will introduce you to different facets of law and the role of law in society through the ages.

Students completing a major in law and society must also choose a single-discipline minor or a second major in a single-discipline.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

You may choose law and society as your major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester by emailing to make your choice official.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for law and society students.

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 society degree map

Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your bachelor of arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.

Career opportunities

A bachelor of arts degree, with a major in law and society, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • academia
  • business
  • journalism
  • police work
  • law
  • policy making
  • human resources

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.