Law and Society (BA)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Law and Society student, you can:

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Social & Environmental Justice minor
  • History minor
  • Criminology minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity minor
  • Certificate in Non-Profit Career Foundations

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Using an interdisciplinary perspective, gain an understanding of law as an integrated component of society and consider social forces that influence and are influenced by law.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to assist in understanding and challenging law and its applications such as feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial theory, collective and individual rights, and distinctions between private and public spheres.
  • Develop an awareness of human and social behaviour and the application of this information for policy development.
  • Interpret and assess the ethical and social impacts of legal and policy changes on social issues, people and communities.
  • Develop questions that expose the underlying assumptions of law.
  • Strengthen your transferrable skills, including writing, communication and research alongside critical ‘soft skills’ like teamwork and time management.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

21 Law and Society respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Career and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • JD - Law
  • Master’s Degree - Immigration & Settlement Studies, Religion, Culture & Global Justice, Criminology, Social Justice & Community Engagement
  • College Program - Paralegal, Human Resources, Public Relations

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • account manager
  • early resolutions officer
  • English tutor
  • legal assistant
  • records clerk
  • residential coordinator

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • criminal intelligence analyst
  • information analyst/researcher
  • information management officer
  • law library assistant
  • lawyer
  • legal administrator

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • communications/public relations
  • counselling/social work
  • criminal justice
  • diplomacy/international relations
  • education/teaching
  • government
  • human resources
  • immigration
  • Indigenous justice
  • journalism/media
  • law/legal field
  • mediation and dispute resolution
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • politics
  • public policy
  • refugee settlement and support
  • research/market analysis
  • social services

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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