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; indigenous 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, under the uOttawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

We invite you to explore the Program Requirements and Course Descriptions.