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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

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Submit your academic work to Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal for Contemporary Connections a chance to be published.
  • Consider taking social innovation or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Propose topics for individual study courses in your fourth year and talk with your professors about these opportunities.
  • Meet with academic advising to make key academic decisions.

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Law and Society.
  • 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

  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Attend student conferences (e.g., Human Rights and Human Diversity conference, Criminology conference, etc.).
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.

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.
  • Become a student member of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

  • 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)

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

Academic Success Checklist

Experience Checklist

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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 Law and Society.

Contact Us:

Jennifer Burt, Academic Program Assistant

E: jenburt@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5875