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Law & Society (Bachelor of Arts)



What will I learn?

See the law–one of the most significant expressions of a modern society’s social and political development–from all sides. Law and Society is one of the oldest and largest such legal studies programs in North America with an over 30-year history and approximately 1,000 students. Our program provides a framework within which students may explore different approaches to law using interdisciplinary approaches as well as international and comparative perspectives.

Drawing from fields as varied as philosophy, anthropology and criminology, you’ll focus on critical thinking, research and analysis. Gain a deeper knowledge of the law, how it has impacted the course of history and the role it plays in society today. Study critical issues such as the nature and origin of law; law-making and law breaking; rights and obligations; freedom and responsibility.

Learn from innovative professors who bring a diverse range of expertise and training to the classroom. Join a tight-knit community of students who actively engage in lively debate and collaboration.

This training will position you to pursue law-related careers, journalism, government, policy research and academia.

What you’ll learn

Gain an understanding of the law in its broader social cultural context and the ability to analyze issues from many perspectives.

Acquire sought-after skills, including research, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Develop the ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems.

Hands-on experiences

Do field work in places such as the Archives of Ontario and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Enjoy practical projects, such as attending and reporting on a court case, or art-based assignments that involve researching and expressing your results through art.

Join the Law and Society Students’ Association to socialize, network and establish personal and professional relationships with like-minded students.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$33,791.00 (US$ 25,135) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2023, 1 April 2023

Start date

9 January 2023, 8 May 2023, 5 September 2023


York University

Keele Campus,

4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Accepted Language Tests and Scores: TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83; IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5; Pearson PTE Academic: 60; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60; Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced; Duolingo: 115.

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 88

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 120

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)

About York University

A leading international research university with a global perspective, York University is preparing a diverse community for long-term success.

  • Two campuses in Toronto with modern, specialized facilities
  • Vibrant, diverse international community of students
  • Excellent student support services
  • No.1 business school in Canada & top 10 in 11 subject areas

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