Law and Society a Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Law and Society.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of law as an interactive part of society, considering some of the social forces that influence and are influenced by law.
  • Analytical skills, particularly in assessing and evaluating current problems, issues and trends.
  • Critical reading, writing, thinking and problem solving skills as a way of establishing knowledge claims in an interdisciplinary context.
  • An understanding of judicial discretion, legal positivism and the rule of law, as well as the role of class, race, gender and politics as they affect the formation and enforcement of law.
  • Knowledge of the structure of the Canadian Legal system and the types of enforcement methods associated with each type of regime.
  • Awareness of the principles and values that contradict the Canadian legal system and the political and moral philosophies that influence them.
  • Knowledge of criminological theory and how these theories have developed over time.
  • The ability to analyze theoretical problems that create internal inconsistencies in the application of laws such as feminist legal theory, collective and individual rights, and distinctions between civil and criminal law.
  • Awareness of human and social behavior and the application of this information for policy development.
  • Knowledge of public policy and an ability to interpret and assess the impact of policy on society

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Airport Security
Alternative Entrepreneur
Assistant Legal Counsel
Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
Associate Judge
Child Protection Worker
Civil Litigator
Community Program Developer
Contact Administrator
Coroner
Correctional Officer
Court Clerk/Officer
Court Reporter
Customs Broker
Environmental Health Officer
Foreign Services Officer
Human Resources Specialist
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Immigration Officer
Insurance Claims Adjustor
Lawyer
Legal Administrator
Legislative Aide
Lobbyist
Mediator
Non-Profit Advocate
Ombudsperson
Paralegal
Parole/Probation Officer
Planner
Police Constable/Officer
Political Aide
Politician
Pre-Trial Services Officer
Private Investigator
Project Co-ordinator
Public Policy Advisor/Analyst
Public Safety Educator
Regulatory Superintendent
Research Consultant
Resource Analyst
Risk Manager
Security Co-ordinator
Social Activist
Social Worker
Teacher
Title Searcher
Victim’s Advocate

Potential Employers

Bank Trust Departments
Federal Government
Insurance Companies
Law Firms
Legal Clinics
Ministry of the Attorney General
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Action Committees
Political Parties
Private Corporations
Private Legal Services
Public Interest Advocacy Groups
Trade and Professional
Associations

Additional Study

Business Administration
Community Development
Education
Industrial Relations
International/Global Studies
Law
Public Administration
Public Policy
Security Administration
Social Work

Websites

Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted - aidwyc.org/
Access to Justice - acjnet.org
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies - elizabethfry.ca
Canadian Criminal Justice Association - ccja-acjp.ca/en/
Canadian Forum on Civil Justice - cfcj-fcjc.org
Centre for Social Justice - socialjustice.org
Charity Village - Canada’s supersite for the non-profit sector - charityvillage.com
John Howard Society - johnhoward.ca
Ministry of the Attorney General - attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
National Crime Prevention Strategy - publicsafety.gc.ca
Ontario Law School Application Service - ouac.ca/olsas


Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

 

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