*N.B. You must be enrolled in the JD program in order to qualify.
Any renrolled JD student may take a course listed as a Social Justice Option course. However, JD students who wish to receive formal recognition for having completed the Social Justice Option, which consists of a notation on their transcript, must complete the following requirements:
b.) complete optional courses (15 units) chosen from among courses in either the English Common Law Section or the French Common Law Section (for a list, see below); and
c.) complete a major paper in an approved Social Justice course or an approved Social Justice directed research course. If completed as part of an approved Social Justice course, the paper must be worth at least 50% of the final grade for the course. A major paper completed through a Directed Research course must be on a topic approved by a Co-ordinator of the Social Justice Option, and be assigned the code CML 3251 (4 units) or CML 3351 (3 units).
d.) obtain a minimum overall average of 6.0 in the Social Justice Option courses.
As well, students may choose to participate in a moot or clinical course in an area related to social justice. The following is a list of moot competitions in the area of social justice:
CML3125 National Aboriginal Law Moot: Kawaskihom "Speaking With Knowledge"
CML3120 Moot Court Competition: Jean-Pictet Competition
CML3120 Tribunal-école interfacultés : Concours Jean-Pictet
CML3120 Moot Court Competition: Wilson Competition
CML3120 Tribunal-école intefacultés : Concours René Cassin
CML3120 Moot Court Competition: Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
CML3120 Mathews, Dinsdale & Clarke Labour Arbitration Competition
CML3122 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
What do I do if a course I have taken/want to take is not listed?
Ask the instructor of the course to contact a co-ordinator of the Social Justice Option. The co-ordinator will review the course syllabus and decide if the course meets the criteria for a social justice course. The criteria are the following:
Social justice courses critically examine law’s implication in constructing and maintaining historic and current social, political and economic inequalities, and law’s potential and limitations as an instrument of redistributive and egalitarian social, economic and political change. Courses that qualify for the Social Justice Option include those whose theoretical or doctrinal focus is on systemic discrimination against women, poor persons, immigrants, refugees, racialized and aboriginal persons, persons living with physical or mental disabilities, sexual, religious or linguistic minorities, the young or the elderly, and includes courses focussed on constitutional equality and social justice claims, domestic and international human rights or civil liberties. Courses in the Social Justice Option also include those on redistributive regulatory schemes like labour and income security law and those courses whose content equips students for the practice of law in the delivery of social justice such as clinical legal aid and Charter application courses.