Our PhD program is designed for students with advanced research interests in the interdisciplinary study of law. The Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University has a long tradition of examining law within its broad social context, drawing on the tools and insights offered by different academic disciplines. Our faculty members reflect this commitment to interdisciplinarity as we are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, history, political science, philosophy, public policy, sexuality studies and human rights.

A collaborative specialization in Political Economy is also available.

Capital Advantage

With a location in the nation’s capital, Carleton is in close proximity to Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada and various government departments directly and indirectly involved with law. In addition, offices of many interest groups and social movements concerned with legal and social change provide Carleton with unrivalled resources for research and policy studies in law and governance. Many career opportunities are just down the road.

Fields of Specialization

  • Crime, Law and Security
  • Human Rights, Citizenship and Global Justice
  • Law, Regulation and Governance

Research Highlights

  • Political economy of public and private policing
  • Organizing and bargaining in the service sector
  • The experiences of women in drug treatment courts
  • Internet regulation, privacy and surveillance
  • Governing biotechnology in Canada

Program Information

Length: 4 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: January 15 (first deadline)

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Contact:  lawgrad@carleton.ca

Pathway Options: Thesis

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