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Criminal Law and Procedure

Program Overview

The last 25 years have marked a period of revolutionary change within criminal law. This practice area seems to be growing ever more pervasive, with the proliferation of new crimes and quasi-criminal regulatory offences: corruption, enterprise and transnational crime, and global terrorism are blurring the distinctions drawn by national borders and between criminal law, corporate/regulatory law and matters of national security. This immensely popular and rigorous two year, part-time program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the pressing and challenging issues affecting the Canadian criminal justice system. Students will examine the historical roots of the institutions and practices to current social science and doctrinal approaches to them.

Specialization Structure

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals across Canada and abroad, Criminal Law and Procedure courses are available via video conferencing and are structured as either weekly evening sessions or 3 day intensives. New students can start the specialization in the Winter term, and required courses are offered once every calendar year. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work 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
Criminal Law & the Charter: Implications & Expectations CLWP 6782 Required 6.0 credits
Issues in Criminal Law: History, Evolution & Theoretical Approaches CLWP 6781 Required 6.0 credits
Problems of Proof: Advanced Perspectives on the Law of Evidence CLWP 6784 Required 3.0 credits
The Theory and Practice of Punishment CLWP 6786 Required 3.0 credits
Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System CLWP 6879 Elective 3.0 credits
Anti-Terrorism and the Law: Current and Emerging Issues CLWP 6724 Elective 3.0 credits
Corporate and Financial Crimes and Compliance CLWP 6783 Elective 6.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper CLWP 4648 Elective 3.0 credits
International Criminal Law CLWP 6770 Elective 6.0 credits
Major Research Paper:Criminal Law LAW 6315P Elective 6.0 credits
Mental Health and the Criminal Law CLWP 6789 Elective 3.0 credits
Selected Topics in Criminal Law CLWP 6787 Elective 3.0 credits
Wrongful Convictions CLWP 6780 Elective 3.0 credits

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