Dual Degree Law & Arts/BBA Program
The dual degree program is offered at Trent University, in partnership with Swansea University in the United Kingdom. This program offers students the unique opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree (B.A.) or Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and a Single Honours Law degree (LL.B.) in just six years - no Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) required!
Here's a snapshot of how the degree program works:
Your First Two Years at Trent
Upon admission to Trent University, students select a major in one of the 15 available programs for the dual degree (see below). Students spend their first two years of full-time study at Trent in Peterborough or Trent Durham GTA (Oshawa), taking 10.0 credits (5.0 credits per academic year) toward their Bachelor of Arts Honours or Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Your Three Years at Swansea
Students then transfer to Swansea University for years three, four, and five to complete their study in the LLB. degree program, taking on a full-time course load (120 credits per academic year). As this is a dual degree and not a joint degree, Swansea University reserves all rights to make adjustments to the required courses for the LLB. degree at any point in time. Read up on the most up-to-date program overview.
Your Sixth Year at Trent
Following successful completion of the LLB. with the required minimum overall average to get Trent transfer credits, students return to Canada and to Trent. At this point, students will be reactivated as current students at Trent University and enter into the final year of study to obtain all requirements for successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Administration degree.The sixth year of study will include courses focused on Canadian Law (see Academic Calendar - LAWS 4000-level courses) to help students prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams which are required of all students who study law abroad.
Students will graduate at the end of the sixth year with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Trent University and a Single Honours Law degree from Swansea University.
Year 1 - Trent University - courses for B.A. or B.B.A. - accelerated program
Year 2 - Trent University - courses for B.A. or B.B.A. - accelerated program
Year 3 - Swansea University - law courses for LL.B.
Year 4 - Swansea University - law courses for LL.B.
Year 5 - Swansea University - law courses for LL.B.
Year 6 - Trent University - courses to complete B.A. or B.B.A. and LAWS courses to prepare for NCA exams
To progress successfully to year three of the dual degree at Swansea University, students must have:
- successfully completed years one and two at Trent University with a minimum cumulative average of 77%;
- successfully completed no fewer than 10.0 Trent University credits before enrolling in classes at Swansea (a maximum of 5.0 transfer credits is allowable toward this total);
- declared the program major for the Trent B.A. or B.B.A. degree;
- confirmation that they have not been found to have breached any disciplinary regulations;
- obtained and provided proof of an approved Tier 4 (General) Study Visa; and,
- no known reasons to be denied access to the United Kingdom.
Degree Program Options
Which undergraduate degree program will you choose to combine with your law degree? There are lots of options to choose from:
- Business Administration*
- Canadian Studies
- Cultural Studies
- English Literature*
- Environmental and Resource Studies
- Gender and Women's Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- International Development Studies
- Media Studies*
- Political Studies
For particulars on what courses each major requires in years 1, 2 and 6 at Trent, go to the Academic Calendar www.trentu.ca/registrar/academic-calendar/undergraduate-calendar , under Special Programs and Opportunities, find Trent Swansea Dual Degree - Law, and you will see the progression maps for each major. (Tip: when you open the calendar it will be in PDF format -- click on the bookmark icon in the top right hand corner to jump quickly throughout the document.)