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Program Details

Carleton is home to the oldest and largest BA program in law in Canada. In the 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. Carleton’s proximity to Canada’s important public institutions, such as the Supreme Court of Canada, Parliament and the Department of Justice can lead to unique work and volunteer opportunities for our students.

As an Honours student, you will have the choice of a concentration in Law, Policy and Government; Business Law; or Transnational Law and Human Rights. Co-op options are available for qualified students in Law, Policy and Government and Business Law. A study-abroad option is also available, as the Department of Law and Legal Studies participates in an innovative exchange program with Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K.

Law is offered as an Honours, Combined Honours and General program. A minor in Law and a Mention : Français are also available.

What students are saying about Law (BA)


I chose to study Law at Carleton because of its unique and unparalleled program. Being in the nation’s capital with access to so many resources provides an experience that no other university in Canada has to offer students interested in Law. The faculty and department consist of some of the brightest individuals in their respected fields and it’s a privilege to be taught by such influential people. Not only are the professors experts in their fields of study, but also they are truly vested in making sure that you succeed within and outside of the classroom.
Devin Harm, second-year student in Law