Legal Studies Programs

The School of Criminology at SFU provides education in Legal Studies at the Undergraduate and Graduate Level.

Certificate Program, Minor Program and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The Certificate in Legal Studies, the Minor in Legal Studies and the Legal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Diploma will draw on existing courses from several different disciplines. The idea is to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of law and legal institutions, approaching the subject from different social, economic and philosophical contexts. The programs are designed to offer an excellent foundation for students planning on attending law school and for those ultimately pursuing graduate work in law and social policy, public administration and other related programs.

The MA in Applied Legal Studies program has received a 2011 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.

The prestigious award was presented at the association’s national conference in Toronto to John Whatley, the CODE program director who received the award on behalf of SFU’s School of Criminology, Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) and, in particular, all the people responsible for the design, implementation and continuing delivery of the program.

Kristy Martin, who completed the program in 2011, says that the innovative delivery of the program was essential: “My favourite experience in this program was e-live, which provided a more interactive learning opportunity without the need for in class attendance. That allowed those of us who do not live in Vancouver an opportunity to have lectures from our professors and to interact with our fellow students.”