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Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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  • Take required Political Science courses and explore other programs of interest, such as North American Studies, Global Studies or History.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.

Middle Years

  • Think about minors, options or specializations such as the Legal Studies or Public Policy specializations.
  • Submit your academic work to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts for a chance to be published.
  • Serve as a student representative on department committees.
  • Start thinking about possible topics for your Research Specialization project. 
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions.

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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  • Join student clubs such as the Association of Political Science Students, Laurier Law Society, DECA Laurier, Laurier Model United Nations or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or attend LOCUS events.
  • Contribute to Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord, or submit a creative piece to Blueprint Magazine.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.

Middle Years

  • Interact with professionals in government, private and non-governmental sectors.
  • Participate in the Students’ Union Elections Committee and promote student voting.
  • Attend professional development series held by the department (e.g., Careers in Law). 
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club or run for a Students’ Union elected position.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Seek training and professional development opportunities offered through LISPOP and the Career Development Centre.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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  • Take required Political Science courses and explore other programs of interest, such as North American Studies, Global Studies or History.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Meet with the Sussex program coordinator to make key academic decisions.
  • Complete your application to the University of Sussex LLB program through UCAS (UK online application service).

Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Connect with the Sussex program coordinator in the Department of Political Science.
  • Take courses to gain skills in presenting legal arguments, client interviewing and negotiation, criminal advocacy and legal research.
  • Choose elective courses based on your interest in a particular area of law such as commercial, criminal, environmental, family, human rights, international, sports and many more.
  • Apply to the National Accreditation Committee in Canada to seek your Certificate of Qualification.

Final Year (Laurier)

  • Complete courses to finish your honours BA in Political Science.
  • Complete courses to prepare you for the National Accreditation exams and write the exams.
  • Register in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) Licensing Process.
  • Prepare to write the LSUC Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations once admitted to the Licensing Process.
  • Learn about Research Assistantship opportunities in your department.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Attend a department information session.
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Apply for summer positions in legal firms in Canada or choose to stay in Europe for the summers.
  • Join the Canadian Student Law Society and other student clubs at Sussex.
  • Participate in moot court opportunities and competitions at Sussex.
  • Attend professional development workshops with faculty to increase your employability skills.
  • Participate in the Sussex Pro Bono scheme to develop and enhance your clinical legal education and deepen your skills for future employment.

Final Year (Laurier)

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club or run for a Students’ Union elected position.
  • Decide on the Articling Program or Law Practice Program as part of the Lawyer Licensing Process and participate in recruitment activities (summer before
    final year).
  • Participate in the Students’ Union Elections Committee and promote student voting.
  • Attend professional development series held by the Political Science department (e.g., Careers in Law).

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Learn about new perspectives and cultures through interacting with other students and opportunities available while in the UK (Sussex has students from more than 80 different countries).

Final Year (Laurier)

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.

Checklists

Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

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When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with a degree in Political Science.

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