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Law and Justice Studies – Liberal Arts Diploma

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 63

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Diploma in Liberal Arts Law and Justice Studies

Overview

Program Summary

The two-year Law and Justice Studies diploma program is designed to prepare you for a career in the legal profession. You will acquire the skills, training and support to strengthen your future career in a variety of legal professions including law, law enforcement, paralegal, criminology, advocacy, social justice and legal security.

As a graduate of this program you will be well situated to transfer your first two years of post-secondary study into a receiving institution of your choice to continue your legal studies and training. You will be of great service to any community you chose to work in after graduation, but most importantly, rural communities in need of greater access to justice for their citizens.

This program is learner focused and accountable to student needs through core courses designed for future legal studies, and a significant range of flexibility and choice. Legal professionals come from a broad range of academic backgrounds and law programs emphasize the importance of students pursuing their interests in undergraduate education with electives each year. Our unique curriculum includes conflict resolution, restorative justice and a focus on issues specific to legal systems in rural areas.

Lawyers are fundamentally tied to their communities, especially in rural settings and our program will give you first-hand knowledge and experience of how that connection might look once you are finished your education through connection to local lawyers, judges and advocacy groups who are working every day to increase access to justice in our local region.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an Associate of Arts or Liberal Arts Diploma program, learners will be able to:

  • explain terms, concepts, and theories of the discipline(s).
  • read, write, and communicate effectively and creatively across academic disciplines.
  • ask informed questions to deepen the level of enquiry.
  • use quantitative and qualitative evidence to support claims.
  • research and analyze evidence from scholarly and professional publications.
  • synthesize and summarize literature and data.
  • demonstrate developing critical, creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • use current and emerging technology.
  • demonstrate collaborative skills in a multi-cultural environment.
  • conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in an academic environment.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to Selkirk College, applicants to the University Arts and Sciences program must meet the following requirements to be considered fully qualified:

  • Minimum grade of 60% in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent. Students who do not meet this requirement must write the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test and achieve a minimum of level 4 to attain equivalency.

Additional Requirements

  • Students whose first language is not English must fulfill the College’s English language proficiency requirement. See Policy 8611: Admissions.
  • Mature students must meet the English 12 requirement.
  • If you are a student who lacks the admission requirements, you may still gain entry to the program by taking a combination of upgrading and university courses in your first year. This may extend the length of your program.

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

ENGL 110English Composition

3.00

PEAC 100Introduction to Peace Studies I

3.00

SOC 120Introduction to Sociology l

3.00

LAW 120Rural Legal Issues I

1.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take two (2) general elective 100- or 200- level courses.

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 2

Required Courses

ENGL 111Introduction To Literature

3.00

LAW 121Rural Legal Issues II

1.00

PEAC 101Peace Studies II

3.00

PHIL 120Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

3.00

SOC 121Introduction to Sociology ll

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take one (1) general elective 100-level course.

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 3

Required Courses

PEAC 201From Water to Chocolate: Environment, Conflict and Justice

3.00

SOC 200Deviance and Social Control

3.00

ADMN 272Commercial Law

3.00

SOC 205Introduction to Social Research

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take one (1) general elective 100-level course.

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 4

Required Courses

ANTH 201Ethnic Relations

3.00

LAW 122Rural Legal Issues III

1.00

PEAC 203Introduction to Transformative Justice: Theory and Practice

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take three (3) general elective 100- or 200-level courses. Note: RFW 251 is recommended.

See the UAS table of available courses.