Our Law & Justice Program
We approach the study of law, legal decision-making, and justice from a variety of viewpoints. Our program incorporates diverse legal traditions into the curriculum and investigates law from historical, social and philosophical perspectives.
Our law and justice program is one of few such programs in Canada. Those that do exist often focus on criminology, rather than on legal traditions, institutions, and practices in their various current and historical forms and concepts. Criminology is the study of the anatomy of crime, specifically its causes, consequences, and costs. Law and justice, however, goes far beyond criminology, and provides students with a more well-rounded and holistic degree.
In our four-year program, students will acquire knowledge of the pattern of legal institutions required to regulate our political, social, and economic relations. Students will examine topics such as civil, criminal, family, corporate, constitutional, and contract law. They will study conventional, traditional, and alternative forms of justice and dispute resolution, as well as comparative, theoretical, and historical perspectives. The program helps students to understand law as a multidimensional and complex social phenomenon.
Within the program, students will develop a wide range of skills that apply beyond the study of law and justice. After completing a degree in law and justice, many of our students gain admission to law school and graduate programs, and also diploma programs at the college level. Students are also opened up to an array of career paths and opportunities, such as lawyer, paralegal, law enforcement, criminal investigator, forensic scientist technician, clerk, legal secretary, education (primary and secondary, colleges and universities), researcher, Indigenous researcher, immigration and border patrol services, civil servant, politics and policy, entrepreneur, and many more.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Earn a degree with endless possibilities
Students will develop a wide range of skills that apply beyond the study of law and justice. These include the ability to think clearly and critically, write and speak effectively, and undertake primary and secondary research confidently. These high-demand skills can take you to law school, medical school, teacher’s college, and graduate studies.
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Study the pattern of law and legal institutions
Students will acquire knowledge of the pattern of law and legal institutions required to regulate our political, social, and economic relations. Students will examine a range of topics, from civil to criminal law; and will study conventional, traditional, and alternative forms of justice and dispute resolution.
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Learn from judges, magistrates and lawyers
Almost all of our faculty members hold law degrees and some are practicing lawyers, judges, and magistrates in the local community. All have a solid understanding of court rulings and procedures – they’re not just researchers.
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Meet our Faculty
Our Law & Justice faculty are experts in the field. Get to know them!
“The great thing about Algoma U is how well you get to know your professors because of the small class sizes. I’ve been able to get to know each of them really well over the last four years. All of them have been extremely helpful. While other larger universities can also offer you an excellent education, you may get lost in the crowd — that won’t happen at Algoma U. Algoma has provided me with a great undergraduate degree and has put me in a position to excel in law school.”
BA, Law and Justice
“The law and justice program’s small class sizes provided mentorship with faculty that is not available at other schools. With this mentorship, I developed my own understanding of law, legal issues, and the mechanisms available to address them. The diversity of opportunities in the law and justice program prepared my classmates and I to move forward with careers in the legal profession, as well as public service, policy analysis, and program management.”
BA Hons, Law and Justice
“I valued the one-on-one experience with professors – they know you by name and not by a number. I also appreciated learning about the Anishinaabe culture, and the history of this site as a former residential school.”
Pauline E. Danquah