Legal Studies

Campus
Coquitlam
New Westminster
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter

Overview

Learn about 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) with the Diploma in Legal Studies program. 

Through this program, you’ll get take legal studies courses in legal research skills, legal remedies, and the basic principles of legal reasoning. In keeping with the liberal arts basis of the program, you’ll also take elective courses that are not related to law studies. These courses will further develop and enhance your critical thinking, writing, research and presentation skills, competencies that are crucial to success in your future career.

Continue your education

The Legal Studies Diploma is university transferable and satisfies the lower division requirements to complete a Minor in Legal Studies. It will also help prepare you if you plan to attend law school in the future. If you wish to obtain a Major in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, use the BC Transfer Guide to make sure the electives you take satisfy the transfer to SFU. You can also choose to continue your education into the Criminology Bachelor of Arts at Douglas College, keeping in mind to choose electives that satisfy Criminology requirements.

Program Requirements

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

BLAW 1320

Introduction to Business Law

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

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:

Admissions Requirements

Cost

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Career 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.

Program 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.