Carleton is home to the oldest and largest Bachelor’s program in law in Canada. Our faculty place the study of law within a social context and help you develop the critical, analytical, and research skills that are in high demand by employers. Our courses move beyond the study of legal rules to examining what we know about the law and how it works in our society. Studying law in all these different facets is what defines the strength of the programs at Carleton.
Carleton’s Department of Law and Legal Studies offers both the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Law and a specialization in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies entitled Global Law and Social Justice.
Bachelor of Arts, Law
The B.A. (Honours) in Law is a highly respected degree within Canada’s federal public service, legal community, educational institutions, and beyond. In our program, you will acquire a strong understanding of the dynamics of law, including its rules, agents, institutions and power structures. You will study legal theory and its application in everyday life and you will be taught by award-winning researchers and extensively published professors. Dedicated research course opportunities are available in the fourth year.
We offer three areas of concentration: Business Law, Law, Policy and Government, and Transnational Law and Human Rights.
Bachelor of Global and International Studies Specialization: Global Law and Social Justice
The specialization in Global Law and Social Justice falls under the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS), which is a multidisciplinary degree program with international experience and foreign language requirements.
Students in this specialization develop an understand and facility with law as a key mechanism by which global issues, identities and institutions are organized and contested in this contemporary period of globalization. Students explore legal frameworks as they relate to topics such as understanding human rights, migration, trade, and armed conflict.
More about the Bachelor of Arts
At Carleton, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve.
You can pursue an intensive four-year Honours degree or a three-year General program. You can choose a minor subject to complement your major subject and you can, in certain cases, pursue a concentration or a specialization—a set of courses in your major directed toward an area of expertise.
If you are interested in two fields of study, you may be able to pursue them in a combined program.
As a first-year Bachelor of Arts student at Carleton, you will also be able to benefit from one of a wide selection of First-year Seminars. Small groups (maximum of 25 to 30 students) are taught by experienced instructors who provide early and frequent feedback on class assignments, and instruction in research, writing and study skills. You should consider the full range of available First-Year Seminars and think about enrolling in the one that interests you the most.
Carleton’s Capital Advantage
Carleton’s proximity to Canada’s important legal institutions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the National Library, Parliament and the federal departments of Justice and Public Safety gives you access to legal decision makers and policy makers and to research holdings unavailable anywhere else in the country. You will also have the opportunity to work with national and international organizations headquartered in Ottawa.
Where can a degree in Law take you?*
The graph under “All Records” shows outcomes from all Law alumni we followed. For a focus on more recent alumni, see the graph under “Since 2005.”
Examples of Alumni Job Titles (all records)
Health Care Executive
Human Resources Specialist
*The information represented in these displays is drawn from databases maintained by Carleton’s Alumni Services. Some degree names have changed over time; current degree names are used here. The information was voluntarily provided by some of our graduates and does not represent a scientific sample of all graduates. Some students in this sample will have also completed other degrees, including at more advanced levels. Individual experiences and outcomes can differ from those represented here.