Program OverviewFrom 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 StructureDesigned 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 coursework or through a combination of coursework 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|
|International Human Rights Law in Canada||LAW 6202||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|