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Constitutional Law

Program Overview

From theory to human rights and the Charter to Aboriginal issues, this specialization explores areas of importance in Canadian constitutional law, and comparative perspectives of the constitutional law of other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty including academics, practitioners and Judges, students will develop an understanding of constitutional law that is unique and unparalleled in Canada.

Who is the Specialization for?

  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in constitutional law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in government or public sector roles and a solid understanding of foundational constitutional principles. Such individuals who wish to develop an advanced knowledge of Canadian constitutional law.

Specialization Structure

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals across Canada and abroad, all required courses and most elective courses are available via video conferencing and are structured as either weekly evening sessions or 3-5 day intensives. Provided a student is flexible with elective choices, the specialization can be completed entirely through video conferencing. New students can start the specialization in the Fall or the Winter term, required courses are offered in alternating Winter terms. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Major Research Paper.

Degree Requirements Overview

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree from a Canadian institution are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Constitutional Remedies LAW 6728P Required 3.0 credits
Constitutional Theory LAW 6726P Required 3.0 credits
Evidence and Procedure in Constitutional Litigation LAW 6725P Required 3.0 credits
Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution LAW 6727P Elective 6.0 credits
Equality Rights LAW 6724P Elective 6.0 credits
Federalism & Institutions of Government LAW 6721P Elective 6.0 credits
Fundamental Freedoms and the Canadian Charter LAW 6723 Elective 6.0 credits
Legal Rights in the Canadian Charter LAW 6640P Elective 6.0 credits
Major Research Paper:Constitutional LAW 6314P Elective 6.0 credits
Political Law LAW 6810 Elective 6.0 credits

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