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Legal Studies

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Legal Studies Diploma Program covers a wide range of law and the legal system, including the administration of justice, business law, criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, public law (including immigration and human rights law), constitutional law, and private law (torts, contracts, property). The program offers exposure to legal research skills, legal remedies, and the basic principles of legal reasoning. In keeping with the liberal arts basis of the program, students must take elective courses that are not related to law.



The diploma is university transferable and satisfies the lower division requirements to complete a Minor in Legal Studies. For students wishing to obtain a Major in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, electives within the Legal Studies Diploma should be tailored for that purpose.































































curriculum framework

1. Mandatory Courses (36 Credits)

2. Elective Courses (24 Credits)

Choose one of:

Choose seven of the following University-Transfer courses:

Highly recommended courses:

  • ENGL 1130 (Academic Writing)
  • Any other English

Recommended courses:

  • ANTH 1120 (Native Cultures of BC)
  • ANTH 1160 (Canadian Native Cultures)
  • BUSN 2403 (Legal Aspects in a Global Economy)
  • BUSN 2420 (Business Law II)
  • CRIM (Any)
  • ECON 1101 (The Canadian Economy)
  • GEOG 1100 (Introduction to Human Geography)
  • GEOG 1160 (The Geography of British Columbia)
  • GEOG 1180 (The Geography of Canada)
  • GSWS 1101 (Women and Feminism: Contemporary Issues)
  • HIST 1113 (Canada Before Confederation)
  • HIST 1114 (Canada After Confederation)
  • IDST 1100 (Human Rights and Canadian Society)
  • IDST 1110 (Introduction to Native Studies)
  • POLI 1100 (Politics and Ethics)
  • POLI 2202 (Introduction to Canadian Politics)
  • PSYC 1110 (Social Issues: Psychology of Women)
  • PSYC 1120 (Special Topic: Gender Relations)
  • PSYC 1200 (An Introduction to Psychology II)
  • SOCI 1125 (Social Processes)
  • SOCI 2250 (The Role of Family in Society)
career transfer pathways
The Diploma in Legal Studies is university transferable and satisfies the lower-division requirements for students to complete a Minor in Legal Studies.  

For those wishing to obtain a Major in Criminology from SFU, electives within the Legal Studies Diploma should be tailored for that purpose.  Further information can be found in the Criminology Handbook.
admissions requirements

For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

General College Admission Requirements

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM July 26, 2016 NWC room: #2201 register»