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QUESTION: Is anyone on here studying legal studies? If so...how do you like the program?

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  1. Graduating this semester. I've liked it overall. Do you have any specific questions?

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    1. OP here. Looking into switching from Political Science so was just looking for some general opinions. Thanks :)

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  2. Legal Studies is a great program in many ways; an awful program in many ways as well. They are great classes, great professors and majoring in 'Legal Studies' sounds better than majoring in 'Sociology', 'Political Science' or 'Psychology' (please dear lord do not major in Psychology unless you plan on going to grad school). The 4th year seminars are very interesting, and there are amazing classes you can take within the 4 years that aren't available anywhere else (ex.Criminal Profiling). However, Legal Studies is THE most unorganized faculty on campus. If you do major in it, be ready to chase advisors down for help. And really do chase them down. Stay on top of the courses you need etc. because things constantly change and courses are available very sporadically. Most of the courses are in the Sociology faculty and they do not give a fuck about Legal Studies (to Sociology professors, Sociology is the MOST important thing in the world). Also be aware that the major average for Legal Studies is 70% minimum, even if you are in the General Program (not honours); the majority of arts programs are 65% avg minimum.

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    1. 1 here. Never had to contact an academic advisor other than getting put into LS 280. Never had an issue with profs or soc classes or maintaining the 75 for honours. If maintaining a 70s average is daunting then I seriously question whether one should be in an arts program. People always bash the program but I've never had any issues. But students do have to stay on top of their requirements (mandatory, core/approved courses, breadth, etc).

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    2. OP here. Thank you guys I'm looking to switch from Political Science to Legal Studies so I was just looking for some general opinions.

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  3. LS courses will be changing dramatically in the next year. They are completely redoing it. They've had such an influx of incoming students that the current courses are no longer sufficient. The 2015 incoming LS will be a very lucky bunch.

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    1. Any more details? More LS classes instead of approved and foundation?

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  4. It's fine, but realistically it's just a PSCI or SOC degree with a different name and a couple different courses. It is a very new program though so it's gradually getting better, but if you dislike PSCI and dislike SOC you won't like LS.

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