Law & Society

About Program Admission Requirements

The Law and Society program was established in the early 1970s and is one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind in North America. York graduates about 100 students each year, making it one of the largest programs of its type in Canada.

Law is one of the most significant expressions of a modern society's social and political development. In recent years, social scientists from many disciplines have analyzed the interplay between law and society. We live in a period of widespread public interest in law that arises from a concern with problems of social justice, social control and deviance.

The academic disciplines - anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology - have increasingly focused on such issues as the nature and origin of law; law-making and law breaking; rights and obligations; freedom and responsibility. These are matters of increasing concern to teachers, social workers, businesspersons, doctors and public servants whose professional responsibilities demand a knowledge of the relationship of law to their own fields.

The goals of the Law and Society program are:

  • to affirm the intellectual importance of the study of law and society and law in society;
  • to provide a framework within which you and the faculty may explore, within disciplines and between them, descriptive and analytic approaches to the subject;
  • and to sharpen the appreciation of law as part of the active daily life of the student.

Please note: Law and Society is not a pre-law preparatory program.

  • Law & Society at York is one of the oldest and largest such legal studies program in North America with an over 30-year history and approximately 1,000 majors.
  • Our professors bring a range of cross-disciplinary expertise and training to the classroom and draw from fields as diverse as anthropology, history, philosophy, law, sociology, criminology and political science. Our excellent professors include Rosemary Coombe, Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication & Culture.
  • There are several discipline-specific diplomas and certificates you can take to enhance your degree, including a Certificate in Law & Society. Contact the Law & Society Program, Ross S741, 416-736-5054.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introductory Socio-Legal Studies
  • Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Lawyer
  • Legal assistant
  • Community worker
  • Public policy analyst

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.