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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

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be University Transferable

**A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC, UVIC according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

BUSN 1320

Business Law I

3.00

CRIM 1100

The Criminal Justice System

3.00

CRIM 1160

Introduction to the Canadian Legal System

3.00

CRIM 2260

Criminal Law

3.00

CRIM 2261

The Administration of Justice

3.00

CRIM 3362

Criminal Procedure and Evidence

3.00

LGST 1110

Legal Research and Reasoning

3.00

LGST 1120

Legal Processes and Remedies)

3.00

LGST 2210

Private Law Relationships

3.00

LGST 2220

Public Law

3.00

POLI 1102

Introduction to Canadian Government

3.00

PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)

3.00

Elective

Select seven University Transferable courses
(see recommended list below)

21.00

Select one course from the following five options:

PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking

3.00

PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues

3.00

PHIL 1103

Knowledge, Reason and Experience

3.00

PHIL 1152

Reality and Existence

3.00

PHIL 1201

Logical Reasoning

3.00

Total Credits

60.00

Highly Recommended UT courses:

Recommended UT courses:

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.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

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
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