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2022 - 2023

Law and Society is the study of the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. As an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences program, the Law and Society major encompasses many diverse disciplines of study, among them archaeology, anthropology, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, police studies, and sociology. It introduces students to different facets of law and the role of law in society through the ages. Laws are fundamental to any successful society. Throughout history, as communities and countries have struggled to define and serve justice, social, cultural, and legal institutions have been essential. Law and society is the study of how legal and social systems are interconnected and how law is woven into communities. Students gain an understanding of what happens when legal instruments and institutions succeed and when they fail.

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To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first LWSO major courses, LWSO 1000 and LWSO 2000 (suggest also take CRIM 1001 if considering CRIM courses for this major).

There are additional responsibilities associated with interdisciplinary programs and seeking academic advice early on is crucial. LWSO majors should complete disciplinary prerequisites for future LWSO electives.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take one LWSO course at any level and three Table 1/Table 2 courses at any level.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult the Undergraduate Program Director and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations

Note: student pursing interdisciplinary major must pursue a single-discipline minor/second major. 

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take four courses from Table 1/Table 2 at the 3000 level or above.

Note: students are permitted a maximum of five Table 2 courses in the LWSO major program.

Note: students must complete courses from at least three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, no more than 9 credit hours in any one Humanities and Social Sciences discipline other than Law and Society and a maximum of 15 credit hours in Political Science.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.

In your last 90 to 120 credit hours, take LWSO 4000 and one Table 1/Table 2 course at the 4000 level.

Note: students are permitted a maximum of five Table 2 courses in the LWSO major program.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Attend Departmental events.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the program.

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor. 

After completing a double major in law and society and history at Memorial, Nick Belanger pursued graduate studies at the University of Waterloo where he earned a Masters in Environmental Studies. His thesis research, which centred on how municipalities interact with electricity utilities, helped him secure a job at BC Hydro, where he now works to educate customers about the utility''s programs and capital projects.


What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?


My undergraduate self did not spend much time thinking about future employment, for better or worse! I simply pursued my interests and worked as hard as I could. I am glad that I ended up in a line of work that plays to my interests and makes use of the skills I developed through my education.


What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?


My biggest challenge was properly understanding the University Calendar, and the rules that surrounded which courses were required to fulfill my particular degree. It was not until the end of second year that I properly understood what was required of me.


What resources did you use while at Memorial?


I made use of the Writing Centre. I was later hired to work at the Writing Centre.


Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?


Yes. I took full advantage of faculty office hours, and spoke to advisors in order to design an education plan for myself.


How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?


I was briefly involved in Model UN, and later began working at the Writing Centre. The Writing Centre had a huge influence on my success - being surrounded by intelligent, creative people was inspiring and helped me understand where I fit in.


Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?


I had plenty of excellent teachers, all of whom stoked my curiosity and made me passionate about the subjects which I eventually pursued in my graduate studies.


Did you participate in a study abroad program?


No, however I worked abroad as an ESL teacher prior to beginning my undergraduate degree.


What advice do you have for undergraduate students?


Take your control of your education: you will take from it whatever you put into it! This also goes for being involved in student organizations and clubs - much of the university education happens outside of the classroom and it’s up to you to put yourself forward to contribute and gain those experiences.

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)