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Justice and Legal Studies Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

Students in the Justice and Legal Studies program examine law, justice, and judicial processes in Canada and in a global context. They learn how to evaluate how justice and legal institutions both shape and are shaped by government and society and how the law and legal processes can either enhance or frustrate the pursuit of justice and the goal of improving life.

University of Guelph Advantage

The Justice and Legal Studies (JLS) program is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Political Science. This innovative program examines a broad range of justice and legal issues. It helps students build a foundation of understanding of the principles of law, justice, and the resulting social and community-based services. Students then choose an area of emphasis to focus their studies which can include:

At the University of Guelph, the International Development Studies program allows students to focus their study in an area of emphasis, including:

  • Canadian Politics and Governance
  • Global Relations and Governance
  • Business and Management
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Arts and Humanities

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths

 Critical Thinking

Strong analytical, research, and critical thinking skills that can be applied to social, criminal, government, and corporate policy formation.

 Deep Understanding

Knowledge and skills required for critical analysis of legal and justice issues involving social and political topics. Understanding of the legal landscapes behind issues such as immigration, racial and gender inequality, and free speech.


Specialized skills in legal research and a clear understanding of legal processes in Canada and in a global context.

Justice and Legal Studies Work Term Schedule








Justice and Legal Studies Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Introduction to Justice And Law
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Introduction to Anthropology Or Sociology
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Introduction to Co-operative Education Law From a Political Science Perspective
  • Law and Literature (for the Arts and Humanities Area of Emphasis)
  • Political Inquiry and Research Methods or Introductory Methods
  • 3 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Canadian Government and Politics
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives
  • Development, Social Justice And Human Rights (for the Global Relations and governance Area of Emphasis)
  • Introduction to Canadian Business Management (for the Business and Management Area of Emphasis)
  • 3 Electives/Restricted Electives


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives
  • Modern Political Thought (for the Arts and Humanities Area of Emphasis)
  • Foundations of Leadership Or Individuals and Groups In Organizations (for the Business and Management Area of Emphasis)
  • 3 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Law, Politics and Judicial Process
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives
  • Business and Consumer Law (for the Business and Management Area of Emphasis)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (for the Business and Management Area of Emphasis)
  • 2 Electives/Restricted Electives (for the Business and Management Area of Emphasis)


  • Philosophy of Law
  • Comparative Law and Courts
  • 3 Electivs/Restricted Electives International Law And Organizations
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • 2 Electives/Restricted Electives


Work Term Three


Work Term Four


  • Justice and Legal Studies Capstone
  • 3 Electives/Restricted Electives



Restricted Electives

Core restricted electives for all Areas of Emphasis must include:

One of:

  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • The Constitution and Canadian Federalism

0.50 credits from:

  • Ethics
  • Psychology of Law
  • Law and Society

1.00 credits from:

  • JLS Honours Thesis I
  • JLS Honours Thesis II
  • Global Law and Courts
  • Advanced Lecture in Global Law and Courts
  • Advanced Topics in Law and Politics
  • Advanced Topics Lecture in Law and Politics
  • Courts and Parliament
  • Women, Justice and Public Policy
  • Advanced Lecture in Women, Justice and Public Policy
  • Advanced Topics in Rights and Liberties
  • Advanced Lecture in Rights and Liberties