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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Prospective Students

Law plays an ever-growing role in our lives. Most of the controversial issues of today—whether stemming from political conflict, technological developments, economic inequality or other social changes—are expressed and mediated through law. The Legal Studies program at Ontario Tech University offers students the opportunity to critically explore the social roles of law and its connections with community, government and society from different theoretical perspectives. The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking and analytical skills alongside a practical understanding of how to access and use legal materials. Our faculty’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to both formal and informal law equips students to address socio-legal and social justice issues in a variety of contexts.

Should hate speech be protected as a right to freedom of expression?
Do prostitution laws endanger sex workers?
What are the social impacts of Medical Assistance in Dying legislation?
Is meaningful access to justice possible?
Is law an effective tool for creating social change?

Most of today's controversial issues—whether stemming from political conflict, technological developments, economic inequality, or other social changes—are expressed and mediated through law. Our program offers you the opportunity to critically explore the social roles of law and its connections with community, government and society. You will take an interdisciplinary approach to questioning and understanding law as you work to make a difference as citizens in your community and around the world.

A degree in Legal Studies will enable you to gain:​

  • An understanding of legal systems and legal sources.
  • The skill set for making oral and written arguments.
  • A capacity for analysis.
  • Critical perspectives on what law is for.
  • Citizenship skills and an ability to advocate.

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

For more information, please see the Legal Studies program information page.

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Legal Studies, students must meet both the degree requirements and requirements of the major as outlined below for a total of 120 credits. Each year prior to course registration, the order and timing of course offerings will be released by the faculty and communicated to students.

For more information, please visit the Legal Studies page on the Academic Calendar. 

College-to-university transfer programs are designed to transfer the credits earned in a college certificate or diploma program toward an undergraduate degree. The Legal Studies program has two transfer options:

Ever thought about a career in mediation?

Take any two of the following Legal Studies courses at Ontario Tech University to fulfil the educational requirements for an Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) membership:

  • Human Rights Mediation
  • Employment and Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Criminal Justice Mediation

ADRIO is an organization that provides information about the profession, user access to mediators, and accreditation to practise mediation. Those who wish to provide mediation services in Ontario usually apply for ADRIO membership. The ADRIO website outlines membership requirements and benefits.

Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary field that opens up possibilities for careers with:

  • business
  • government
  • public organizations

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to pursue a career in areas such as:

  • criminal justice system
  • federal and provincial government administration
  • human rights
  • international agencies
  • legal analysis
  • legal research and writing
  • mediation/dispute resolution
  • paralegal work
  • policy analysis
  • social services