Socio-Legal Studies

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York's interdisciplinary program in Socio-Legal Studies builds on York’s long tradition of law & society teaching and research.

Contributing faculty are leaders in international and domestic
human rights, socio-historical approaches to law, transnational
policing, immigration and border security, indigenous rights, and global
financial crime, and gender, race, sexuallity and the law.

The one-year MA program offers students courses in socio-legal theory and methods as well as a required Major Research Paper.

York's PhD in Socio-Legal Studies is at the vanguard of a growing number of postgraduate programs in Europe and North America in interdisciplinary legal studies. Our PhD is the first such doctoral program in Canada that is not based in a law school. Students who are accepted into our program will join faculty with a strong commitment to research and scholarship. Our program consists of scholars drawn from law and society, criminology, political science, sociology, psychology, history, communication studies, women's studies, and law.

Our faculty is actively involved in building an academic community of socio-legal scholars. We are doing this through our participation and leadership in professional associations as well as through our projects and published work.

Degrees Offered

MA

1 year(s)
  • Major research paper
B+
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

PhD

5 year(s)
  • Comprehensive examination(s)
  • AND Dissertation
B+
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • MA
    • Statement of interest (500 words)
    • Written work (maximum 5,000 words)
    • Resumé or CV
  • PhD
    • Statement of interest (500 words)
    • Written work (5,000 words)
    • Resumé or CV



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