The Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton offers a choice of undergraduate degree programs. No matter which program you choose to follow, you will have the choice of some 75 courses in law, and access to research and study opportunities that you are not likely to find anywhere else in the country.

Types of Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts (General) Requires 15.0 credits, normally completed after three years of study.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) A more rigorous and extensive study of law, and requires 20.0 credits for completion.
Combined Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Link your BA in Law degree with another discipline, including our interdisciplinary program in Human Rights.
Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) Our Department sponsors one of the twelve Specializations that you can register in upon Admission: Global Law and Social Justice.

*Students in the Bachelor of Arts (general), Bachelor of Arts (honours), or combined Bachelor of Arts (honours) may earn the notation Mention – Français by completing part of their program in French.

*For Double Majors and Concentrations, please consult the Undergraduate Calendar.


For important registration dates and deadlines please see the University’s Dates & Deadlines listing. All registration is through Carleton Central. For registration assistance, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


For more information, please contact our Undergraduate Administrator:

Lindsay Denison 


There are three concentrations for BA Honours students to choose from:

We also offer a concentration in Law for students in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program.

Minor in Law

Students in other disciplines may complete a four-credit Minor in Law.

BGInS degree: specialization in Global Law and Social Justice

Law is vital for expressing global identities, framing global problems, and identifying international and national solutions. From human rights to cross-border trade, immigration to climate change, and war crimes to foreign investment, legal frameworks are at the centre of many global problems and innovations.

This Specialization examines the legal underpinnings of globalization, transnational relations, and the ways in which law, and ideas about law, are embedded in contemporary global dynamics. The courses in Global Law and Social Justice can be grouped into three broad subject areas, each of which considers the social justice issues that arise at the intersection of law and globalization: human rights; armed conflict and peace; and trade, economic relations and the environment.

Students graduating with this specialization may be interested in careers in immigration and refugee agencies, national and international justice institutions, international development organizations with a focus on rule of law and post-conflict rebuilding, international peace and security organizations, and human rights organizations.

For additional information on this new program, please view the program brochure or visit the BGInS website at

First-Year Seminar (FYSM)

University seminar courses are small classes (usually with 30 students) designed to give students the opportunity to discuss and research topics of interest in a core subject area. Most university students are in their third or fourth year of study before they have the opportunity to take seminar courses. As a Carleton BA student, you are provided with this experience at the first-year level through enrolment in your First-Year Seminar (FYSM).

First-Year Seminar instructors are committed to teaching and mentoring first-year students as they make the transition into university life. FYSM instructors incorporate their own research interests in to the course material, enriching the experience for both the instructor and the student.

The Department of Law and Legal Studies offers the following FYSM:

For more information on First-Year Seminars:

International Exchange

Our Department actively encourages all students to consider studying at another university with a strong legal or socio-legal program during their undergraduate years.


Students in third- or fourth-year with high academic standing in the B.A. (Honours) Law program may study abroad for a term or a year.

Please see the Department’s Undergraduate Administrator for advice on program requirements. If you successfully complete the courses approved for an Exchange, they can count toward your Carleton degree.

Available Exchange Locations

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For more information on the range of international Exchange possibilities, visit the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

For more information on applying for this exchange, please contact:

Chau Hoang
Coordinator, Exchange Program
International Student Services Office (ISSO)
128 University Centre, Carleton University