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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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Middle Years

  • Research social issues and work with community partners including St. Leonard’s, Elizabeth Fry, Why Not Youth Centre and the City of Brantford Social Services department.
  • Submit your academic work to Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal for Contemporary Connections for a chance to be published.
  • Attend the Criminology Students' Association Annual Conference and public Criminology lecture series.
  • Consider taking social innovation or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions for your final year.

Final Year

  • Learn about Research Assistantship opportunities in Criminology.
  • Consider a directed studies course to explore a topic in Criminology.
  • Look for opportunities to present your academic work at paper competitions and the Criminology Students' Association Annual Conference.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Participate in "Brown Bag" lunch sessions with faculty as they present their current research.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Visit the Forensic Centre in Toronto and the Grand Valley Institute for Women on planned bus trips.
  • Attend the Careers in Criminology and Law Fair.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Be involved in community partnerships with local police forces and the Canadian military

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

  • Join the Letter Writing Campaign for vulnerable prison populations. 
  • Visit the Indigenous Student Centre for Soup Thursday. 
  • Consider the Alternative Reading Week trip with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Study abroad for an academic term.

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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  • Take required courses and explore other programs of interest through electives.
  • Complete Foundations courses in your first two years.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Meet with the academic advising to make key academic decisions.
  • Consider taking courses where you can research social issues with community partners, with an experiential-learning component, with professional skills development or about social innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Complete your application to the University of Sussex LLB program through UCAS (UK online application service).
  • Join the Laurier Sussex Residence Learning Cluster to enhance your academic and social success in the program.

Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Connect with academic advising at Laurier.
  • 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 at Laurier.
  • 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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  • Join student clubs such as the Criminology, Human Rights and Human Diversity or Law and Society Student Associations or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or attend LOCUS events.
  • Contribute to Laurier’s biweekly newspaper, The Sputnik.
  • Attend student conferences (e.g., Human Rights and Human Diversity conference, Criminology conference).
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).

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.
  • 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).
  • Attend the Careers in Criminology and Law Fair.

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 Criminology.

Contact Us:

Nicole Zarazua, Academic Program Assistant

E: nzarazua@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5623
Office Location: GRH121, Brantford campus