LL.M. with Concentration in Law and Social Justice

The field of law and social justice integrates two areas of intellectual inquiry:

  • Analysis and critique of the role of law in the development and maintenance of social, political and economic inequality. This critical perspective focuses in particular on historically marginalized groups such as women; those facing socio-economic disadvantage; immigrants and refugees; linguistic, ethnic, religious and racial minorities; aboriginal peoples; those with mental and physical disabilities; sexual minorities; the young and the aged;
  • Investigation of the potential of law to be an instrument for social change when it is employed to ensure the just distribution of resources (financial, material and human), or to increase the social, economic and political equality of Canadians.

The LL.M. with concentration in Law and Social Justice supports scholarship dedicated to examining the limits and possibilities of law and of different legal theories in promoting social justice. To learn more, we invite you to read about the degree requirements and faculty members working in this field.

You may also wish to consult the information about Law and Social Justice provided here, under the uOttawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

Degree requirements

Master of Laws with Concentration in Law and Social Justice

Degree Requirements:

Three compulsory courses

Legal Research Methodology

Contemporary Issues in Law

One legal theory course (chosen from the following)

Studies in Legal Theory I or Critical Legal Theories

Two optional courses (the selection of courses varies from year to year)

Research Paper (50 to 60 pages)


Full-time or part-time (Part-time study is limited to one activity per session) 

Time limit

Full-time: minimum of 3 sessions
Part-time: 8 sessions


Faculty working in this field
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