Sussex Law and Laurier (BA or BSc)
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 Degree (University of Sussex, UK) and Arts or Science Degree (Laurier) student, you can: 

  • Join student clubs at Laurier such as the Sussex Association at Laurier, Laurier Pre-Law Society, Model United Nations or Moot Court and build leadership skills through joining an executive team.
  • Join the Canadian Student Law Society and other student clubs at Sussex.
  • Participate in Sussex Program networking events and workshops.
  • Participate in moot court opportunities and competitions at Sussex.
  • Apply for summer positions in legal firms in Canada or choose to stay in Europe for the summers.
  • Attend professional development workshops with faculty to increase your employability skills.
  • Participate in Sussex Clinical Legal Projects to develop and enhance your clinical legal education and deepen your skills for future employment.
  • Consider the Articling Program as part of the Lawyer Licensing Process and participate in recruitment activities (summer before final year).

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

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

  • Gain knowledge in the English and Canadian legal systems, legal theory, criminal law, equity and trusts, land law, law and policy of the European Union, public law, law of contract and law of tort.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the unique requirements of legal research, analysis and writing.
  • Critically evaluate the arguments of others and debate effectively.
  • Think critically about contemporary issues from the perspectives of justice, equality and rights.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant legal information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations, performing both comparative and critical analyses.

Review the Experience and Career Guide for the Arts or Science program you are combining your law degree with to learn about additional program-specific functional knowledge you will develop.

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.


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

Career Options and Resources

Graduates from the Sussex-Laurier program can complete the National Committee on Accreditation process and apply for articling positions. You can also reference your Laurier program Experience and Career Guide for more major-specific career information.

Career and Industry Options

  • business/corporate development
  • criminal justice
  • crime prevention
  • community outreach
  • diplomacy/international relations
  • finance/insurance
  • government
  • humanitarian aid
  • immigration
  • intelligence
  • journalism/media
  • labour rights
  • law
  • mediation and dispute resolution
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • policy advising
  • political strategy
  • real estate
  • research/market analysis
  • trade negotiations
  • writing

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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