• A student may self declare for the Minor Program in Law and Society (LASO) during their registration window at the Student Services Centre (SSC) once they have earned 27 credits, provided they are students in Good Standing.

What should I do to become a Law and Society Minor?

  • Visit the Law and Society Advisor as soon as you can in your first or second year to fill out and submit an Advising Form and learn about the program.
  • Declare a Law and Society Minor online at the SSC, if you have completed 27 credits, as soon as your registration window opens for winter session.
  • Enroll in LASO 204 Introduction to Law and Society during your second year if possible. Registration in LASO 204 is generally restricted to declared minors.
  • The Law and Society Advisor will visit your LASO 204 class during the term to answer questions and distribute the Advising Form for students who have not yet submitted it. Fill out the form and return it when you meet with the LASO advisor before the end of the term if possible.

Do I have to declare a Law and Society Minor to take LASO 204?

  • Yes. LASO 204 is specifically designed for the Law and Society Minor program and is required for the program, so it is restricted to students who have declared their Minor on the SSC.

How can I be a Law and Society Minor if I am not a student in the Faculty of Arts?

  • Visit the advising office in your faculty to find out the procedure for having an Arts Minor.
  • Download the Advising Form and PLANNING WORKSHEET to plan your LASO program.
  • Bring the LASO advising form to the Law and Society Advisor for discussion and approval. There may be courses in your own Faculty that may be counted toward the LASO Minor.  The advisor may double count as many as six of these credits.

Is there a student organization for LASO students?

  • Yes, Law and Society Chats, a club organized and run by students interested in Law and Society. Check out their website here.

What if I haven’t taken LASO 204 in my second year?

  • You may take the course in your third year.
  • Visit the LASO advisor early in your second year to plan your LASO minor program and submit your Advising Form. Download the PLANNING WORKSHEET.

Who is the Law and Society advisor?

Arlene Sindelar, Senior Instructor in the Department of History

Office Hours for drop-in advising during Term 1 until Dec. 1:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 2-3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 31 only : 12:30-2:30pm
  • By appointment
  • No office hours on University holidays or October 6, 10 and November 14.

Note: Limited office hours during December Final Exams TBA.

What courses should I take in the FIRST and SECOND years?

  • LASO 204 – Introduction to Law and Society, a 3-credit course that serves as the foundational or “core” course for the programme, focusing on the ideas, concepts, and frameworks for thinking about the nature of law and legal processes in both Canadian and global context. This course is restricted to Law and Society Minors; if you have 27 credits, you can register for this course as soon as you declare your LASO MInor on the SSC.
  • Plus a minimum of 9 credits consisting of a combination of the following:
    • courses from the Law and Society 100-200 Level Course List,
    • prerequisites to one or more courses necessary to satisfy upper division requirements for the minor.
    • or a completed CAP – Law and Society program (9 credits that include ANTH 100, POLI 101 and a particular section of HIST 104)

NOTE: Students must ensure they have taken prerequisites for courses they plan to take for the Minor in the various departments.  The lower division prerequisites may count towards the LASO minor.

What courses should I take in the THIRD and FOURTH years?

  • A minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 credits drawn from the Law and Society 300-400 Level Course List.
  • Note: no more than 12 of the 300-/400-level credits may be taken in the same department.
  • A maximum of six upper-level credits may double count to meet the minimum requirements of both your major and minor programs.

What if courses are not counting appropriately toward the LASO Minor in Degree Navigator?

  • The quick answer: visit the LASO advisor to have your program reviewed and any problems corrected.
  • The long answer: Appropriate courses may not count on Degree Navigator for a variety of reasons:
    • If the course is a “topics” course for which only specific sections are appropriate for the LASO minor or if the course is not yet on the list of approved courses in the UBC Calendar, you will need to see the LASO advisor to have your Report edited.
    • You changed the version year on your Minor report. Don’t do that.  Your Version Year is the year you declared the Minor and automatically appears on your report.  If you change it, then any accommodations made by the LASO advisor disappear.
    • There is a mistake in Degree Navigator, so contact the LASO advisor:
      • Degree Navigator has not yet been updated for the current academic year.
      • Mistakes were introduced when Degree Navigator was updated for the current academic year.

What upper-level courses that count toward the LASO Minor are available in the 2017 Winter Session?

Upper-level courses available in Winter Session 2017, terms 1 and 2:

Course numbers marked with an * requires the LASO advisor to add them manually to your program – they are not yet included on the list in the UBC Calendar description of the LASO minor. Please email or visit Prof. Sindelar after you have registered for these courses. (Also note that even if a course was added to the official list in a year after you declared your minor, she may have to edit your Degree Navigator report to count it.)

  • ANTH 329A, 471
  • CLST 307
  • ECON 318, 319, 367
  • FNIS 453
  • GRSJ 301, 303, 305, 306, 326
  • HIST 302*, 331, 391, 441, 444, 456
  • PHIL 330, 331, 333, 334, 335, 338, 362, 363, 432
  • POLI 303, 309, 320A and B, 347, 348, 373, 377*, 402A, 461*
  • PSYC 331
  • RELG 307, 448
  • SOCI 301A, 310A, 369A, 470A

Student Directed Seminars: Two sections of student directed seminars are being offered in Second Term facilitated by fourth-year Law and Society students, suitable for counting towards the Minor, but they will have to be applied manually by the advisor to your program. They are linked to their full descriptions:

Download the Planning LASO Minor Worksheet (pdf)

Download the Advising Form (pdf)