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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 coursework or through a combination of coursework and a Research Paper.

Program Requirements Overview

Program Schedule

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Constitutional Remedies CLTC 6728 Required 3.0 credits
Constitutional Theory CLTC 6726 Required 3.0 credits
Evidence and Procedure in Constitutional Litigation CLTC 6725 Required 3.0 credits
Equality Rights CLTC 6724 Elective 6.0 credits
Federalism & Institutions of Government CLTC 6721 Elective 6.0 credits
Fundamental Freedoms and the Canadian Charter CLTC 6723 Elective 6.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper CLTC 4648 Elective 3.0 credits
Indigenous Peoples & the Canadian Constitution CLTC 6727 Elective 6.0 credits
International Human Rights Law in Canada CLTC 6202 Elective 6.0 credits
Legal Rights in the Canadian Charter CLTC 6640 Elective 6.0 credits
Major Research Paper:Constitutional LAW 6314P Elective 6.0 credits
Political Law CLTC 6810 Elective 6.0 credits
Selected Topics in Constitutional Law CLTC 6701 Elective 3.0 credits

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