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Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The program in Criminal Justice at Laurentian University encourages a broad critical understanding of the nature, role, and function of our legal and judicial institutions.

he approach to your education clearly distinguishes us from law schools, whose mandate is to prepare students for the practice of law in accordance with guidelines established by the Law Society.

The program in Law and Justice is one of only a few in Canada in which one can study law as a complex human and social phenomenon. Students are encouraged to consider legal issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, both by the core faculty who all have interdisciplinary backgrounds, and through law-related courses in history, Indigenous studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The Ontario Ministry of Education recognizes law as a teachable subject.

The program in Criminal Justice is grounded in philosophical, historical and theoretical approaches to criminal justice. Students develop a critical understanding of the nature, role and function of our legal and judicial institutions and of the relationship between law and justice. 

In addition to courses about the criminal law and its applications, the program includes courses on public law, interpersonal dispute resolution, the nature of legal authority, theories of judicial decision-making, the dilemma of judges faced with immoral laws, and the world’s most famous trials in their historical context.


Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation, some of which require further education. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lawyer
  • Graduate studies in a variety of disciplines
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Government careers
  • Police
  • Probation and parole
  • Customs
  • Insurance
  • Human resources


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario, Laurentian University (LU) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Laurentian University (LU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Introduction to Private Law
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Dispute Resolution
  • Property Law
  • Themes in Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Legal Regulation of Close Adult Personal Relationships
  • Legal Regulation of Parent - Child Relationships

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts. If documents are in your native language, please provide a notarized and officially translated copy in either English or French
  • Official high school diploma. If documents are in your native language, please provide a notarized and officially translated copy in either English or French
  • Proof of language skill:English for English language programs or
  • French for French language programs
  • Applicants must meet both language requirements for bilingual programs
  • A resume or CV specifying current education and work experience 
  • A copy of a valid passport (both sides)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25960 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25960 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6000 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Greater Sudbury

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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