The Peter A. Allard School of Law is fortunate to be able to offer its students a wide variety of specializations and concentrations. By completing certain course requirements, students can, depending on the program, either obtain a transcript notation or certificate evidencing their successful fulfillment of the program requirements. Choose from:
Specialization in Aboriginal Law
Business Law Concentration
Specialization in Law & Social Justice
In order to earn the Specialization certification, students must complete the following requirements:
(1) Enrolment in Law 305: Law, Society and State;
(2) Enrolment in at least one course with an applied, clinical, or community-based component, as listed below; and
(3) Enrolment in at least three social-justice related courses, selected from at least two of the clusters listed below.
(1) Law Society and State
This course focuses on the use of law by groups and individuals interested in social justice. In particular, the course will explore both the potential and the problems of using law in the quest for social justice and the role of legal education. Law’s role in constructing and maintaining social, economic and political inequalities as well as the potential of law to shift inequalities will be examined. This course is required for students who wish to obtain the Specialization in law and Social Justice.
(2) Applied and Clinical Courses
To complete the Specialization, each student must also enrol in a course with a practical or community based component. This requirement can be satisfied by taking any of the following courses:
Law 350C Issues of Equality and Social Justice Law 379D/380C Rise Women’s Legal Clinic Law 380B/380C International Justice and Human Rights Clinic Law 381 Disabilities and Law Law 488/489 Indigenous Community Legal Clinic Law 493/496 Directed Research that incudes work for a community group Law 470 Innocence Project Law 490 Clinical Criminal Law Law 491 Law Students Legal Advice Program Law 379/380 Externship/Externship Relation
Please note that due to changes in course offerings year by year, not all courses will be offered each year. Students who wish to count a course outside these lists towards their Specialization must obtain special permission from the Social Justice Coordinator.
Students enrolle in the Law and Social Justice Specialization are also encouraged to enrol in procedural courses such as Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Mass Tort and Class Action, Evidence, or Appellate Advocacy. These courses provide useful extra expertise in the subject area.
Law and Health Cluster
Law 382 Law and Health Law 426D Topics in Law & Technology: Biotechnology and the Law
Intellectual Property Cluster
Law 422 Intellectual Property Law 423 Topics in Intellectual Property: Intelletual Property and Human Rights
International, Historical, and Comparative Dimensions Cluster
Law 303 Western Ideas of Law Law 312 Topics in Philosophy of Law and Theoretical Perspectives: the Rule of Law Law 313 Legal History Law 319 International Human Rights Law 326 Globalization and Law Law 339 Human Rights in Asia Law 342D Topics in Comparative Law: Domestic Law in a Borderless World Law 343D Topics in Public Law: Animals and The Law Law 481 Topics in Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Administration of Justice: Intercultural Dispute Resolution Law 521 Law and Development (by permission of instructor) Law 511 International Criminal Law (by permission of instructor)
Immigration and Refugee Law Cluster
Law 377 Immigration Law Law 378C Refugee Law
Human Rights Cluster
Law 350 Issues of Equality and Social Justice Law 351 Topics in Human Rights Law 360 Children and the Law Law 363 Race and Law Law 364 Topics in Race and Law Law 381 Disabilities and Law Law 419.002 Law and the Modern Workplace Law 423C Intellectual Property and Human Rights
Gender and Sexuality Cluster
Law 307 Women, Law, and Social Change Law 308 Feminist Legal Theory Law 365 Women, Law, and Family Law 309 Topics in Feminist Legal Studies Law 368 Law and Sexuality Law 518 Feminist Studies: Key Themes and Current Debates (by permission of instructor)
Economic Inequality Cluster
Law 311 Property Law & Theory Law 370 Topics in Social Justice: Poverty, Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism Law 385 Social Welfare Law Law 411 Tax Policy Law 416 Labour Law Law 467 Topics in Corporate Law: The Corporation and Society Law 401 Penal Policy Law 404 Topics in Criminal Law: the Law of Homicide Law 471 Topics in Procedure & Evidence: Preventing Wrongful Convictions Law 406C Topics in Criminal Justice: Principles of Sentencing Law 402D The Law of Sexual Offences
Criminal and Penal Law Cluster
Constitutional Law Cluster
Law 349C.001 Topics in Constitutional Law: Recent Developments Law 349C.002 Topics in Constitutional Law: Advanced Charter Law Law 349C.003 Topics in Constitutional Law: Charter Litigation Wilson moot Laskin moot
If the applied or practical component is optional within the course, the student must fulfill the component in order to satisfy this requirement.
Students who wish to count a course outside these lists towards their Specialization must obtain special permission from the Social Justice Coordinator.
(3) Eligible Social Justice Courses
To complete the Specialization, each student must also enrol in at least three social-justice related courses, selected from at least two of the clusters listed below.
Aboriginal Law Cluster
Law 352 Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law Law 353 Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Law 355 First Nations and the Administration of Justice Law 358 Topics in First Nations Law: Introduction to Indigenous Legal Orders within the Settler State Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Rights Moot
Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law
View more details on the prospective JD student page.