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Last updated: August 24, 2017

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About Queen’s Law

Location

Queen’s University is situated in the historic city of Kingston, midway between Toronto and Montreal. The compact campus borders residential neighbourhoods and Lake Ontario. Kingston’s vibrant downtown is within walking distance. Find more information about Kingston and Queen’s University.

Macdonald Hall, home to Queen’s Faculty of Law, provides upgraded teaching facilities with wireless internet access, audio/visual equipment, full accessibility, a modern moot court room, a video conference facility, and a student lounge with a kitchenette and fireplace.

Academic Excellence

Queen’s Law represents a long tradition of commitment to academic excellence, community spirit, and service to society. We offer our students innovative instruction, interdisciplinary combined-degree programs, superb clinical programs and a strong broad curriculum informed by global perspective.

We are renowned for the strength of our curriculum in public law, criminal law, family law, clinical programs and mooting, and our more recent hiring has built strength in international law, business law, employment and labour law, and legal theory.

International Study

Queen’s is the only law school in Canada that offers its own study abroad facility at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England. Each May and June, Queen’s Law offers 2 international law certificate programs in public international law and international business law.

In addition, we offer international exchange opportunities with some of the world’s leading law schools. For the most up-to-date list, visit our international exchanges website.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Queen’s Faculty of Law is legendary for its vibrant and diverse range of student activities, organizations, initiatives and clubs. Law students are integral to faculty governance as members of Faculty Board Committees and as Faculty Board representatives. Many law students gain student leadership positions in the Society of Graduate and Professional Students and serve on Senate sub-committees as student representatives.

Law students interested in athletics and fitness may join a variety of intramural teams, and use the Queen’s Centre, which offers superb aquatic, athletic and recreational facilities.

Find more information about Queen’s athletics and recreation.

First-Year Admission to the JD Degree Program

The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to applications that takes into account a number of factors in addition to grades and the LSAT results. Queen’s Faculty of Law endorses the goal that the geographic, ethnic, cultural, racial and socio-economic diversity of the Canadian population should be reflected in the ranks of those granted access to legal education.

Our Faculty of Law is enriched by the skills, knowledge and experiences of students who have been community leaders, excelled in extracurricular activities and enjoyed success in careers prior to the pursuit of a legal education, as much as we benefit from students with inquiring minds who have excelled consistently in a broad range of academic disciplines.

All applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 3 full years of course work (or equivalent) in a degree program at a postsecondary institution that provides an academic environment and education that prepares students for potential success in advanced study at Queen’s. Visit the University Secretariat website for the Senate Policy on the Basis of Admission for Advanced Study and the interpretation guidelines.

The Admissions Committee reviews the nature and content of the undergraduate and graduate programs undertaken. Enrollment at full course load, scholarships, awards and prizes received, the level of the degree obtained (i.e., honours vs. general), consistency and improvement in academic performance, and successful completion of graduate work are weighed positively.

LSAT Requirement

  • All applicants are required to take the LSAT.
  • LSAT scores for the past 5 years may be used.
  • The February test score is the latest score accepted for admission in the current admission cycle.
  • The Admissions Committee will rely on the highest score achieved at the time of the admission decision.

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First-Year Law Applicants: Catagories of Admission

There are 3 major categories of admission into first year: The General category, the Aboriginal/Indigenous category and the Access category. The first-year class consists of about 200 students. Most students are admitted in the General category. Recently, up to 15% of students admitted to the first-year class have been from the Aboriginal/Indigenous and Access categories.

General Category

Your academic record and LSAT score are weighed most heavily in this category. The other Admissions Philosophy criteria are weighed carefully in making distinctions between applicants who are equally competitive on these bases.

  • Competitive applicants should have at least an “A-” average (GPA 3.7) in the top 2 years of their undergraduate degree program at a full course load along with an LSAT score of at least 157.

Access Category

Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to enhancing diversity in legal education and the legal profession. To this end, the Faculty encourages applications from candidates whose backgrounds, qualities or experiences allow them to make unique contributions to the law school community, the legal profession and society in general.

The Admissions Committee will consider these factors:

  • disability;
  • educational and financial disadvantage;
  • membership in a historically disadvantaged group;
  • age;
  • life experience; and
  • any other factor relating either to educational barriers you faced, or to your ability to enrich the diversity of the law school community and the legal profession.

You must demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • that you have strong potential to complete the JD program;
  • that you have the ability to reason and analyze;
  • that you can express yourself effectively orally and in writing; and
  • that you possess the skills and attributes necessary to cope with the demands of law school.

Traditional measures of academic performance and LSAT scores may be given comparatively less weight in this category, while non-academic experience and personal factors confirming your special circumstances or unique qualities may be given comparatively more weight.

  • Competitive applicants should have at least a “B+” average (GPA 3.3) in the top 2 years of their undergraduate degree program at a full course load along with an LSAT score of at least 154.

Aboriginal/Indigenous Category

Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to increasing Aboriginal/Indigenous representation within the legal profession and therefore welcomes applications from Aboriginal/Indigenous people, including those of Indian (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit heritage.

Applications will be considered based on your interest in, and identification with, your Aboriginal community, as well as other factors, including academic performance, results of the LSAT, employment history, letters of reference and a personal statement. This material will form the basis upon which the Admissions Committee will judge whether you are able to undertake the JD degree program successfully.

If there is strong evidence of academic ability in the application, an exception might be made to the academic standards.

PLSNP Program

The Faculty of Law strongly supports the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) at the University of Saskatchewan’s Native Law Centre. The Admissions Committee may admit you to the Aboriginal/Indigenous category unconditionally or subject to successfully completing the PLSNP.

The Admissions Committee will endeavour to make decisions on completed applications early in the admissions cycle for this category to allow time for those with conditional offers to apply for admission to the Program of Legal Studies for Native People.

For further information on the PLSNP, see: 

Program of Legal Studies for Native People
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  S7N 5A6
Tel: (306) 966-6189
Fax: (306) 966-6207
Email: plsnp@usask.ca
Website: www.usask.ca/plsnp

Admissions Process, Admissions Scholarships and Law Admissions Bursaries

From late November through January, application materials are forwarded from OLSAS to each law school you applied to. The admissions cycle starts in early January. Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis as files are completed and are considered by the Admissions Committee. Decisions are based on the assessment of documentation only. In July, when all the places in the class are filled, a wait list is established to fill vacancies as they occur. You will be advised, via email, about any acceptance or rejection.

You are considered for admission scholarships at the time an offer of admission is issued. No further action is required from you to be considered for the scholarships. Other entrance scholarships are available by application after registration in September.

If you are seeking needs-based financial assistance, please participate in the Law Admission Bursary Program by submitting an application.

Find more information about needs-based financial assistance for law students.

Documentation

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application materials and supporting documents are complete. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

The application is due to OLSAS by November 1. Please indicate on the OLSAS application if you are writing the LSAT after the deadline date.

Please provide the following documentation in support of your application to first-year studies:

  1. official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including those attended as a visiting student on exchange or on a study abroad program;
  2. official LSAT score(s);
  3. a personal statement;
  4. confidential letters of reference; and
  5. supplementary documentation to support the basis of your claim in the Aboriginal/Indigenous and Access categories, as necessary.

Transcripts

Official transcripts of all postsecondary institutions attended, including transcripts from studies as a visiting or exchange student must be ordered and sent through OLSAS.

Foreign and Private Universities

If you are completing undergraduate studies outside of North America, you must have your foreign transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES). WES assessments are not needed for course work completed on exchange or Letter of Permission if transfer credits for such courses are recorded on the home university transcript.

If you have undertaken graduate studies outside of Canada and the United States, you are not required to have your foreign transcript assessed by WES, although such assessment may be requested. Candidates from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) are not required to have their foreign transcripts assessed by WES.

Personal Statement

The personal statement:

  • allows you to highlight your academic, personal, professional and extracurricular accomplishments;
  • allows you to highlight your interest in studying law at Queen’s;
  • can be used to complement material included in your autobiographical sketch;
  • must be authored entirely by you; and
  • must not exceed 6,000 characters in length, including spaces.

The Admissions Committee finds the personal statement to be helpful, along with letters of reference, the Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers, to identify scholarship prospects among applicants who are competitive on the basis of grades and LSAT scores.

In the Access category, a secondary mandatory statement will be required (1500 character limited) and will appear on the OLSAS application after choosing the access category of admission. Please use this section to address the basis of your sub-category claim and upload corroboration of these circumstances through relevant supporting documentation.

Part-time studies applicants: Outline in the personal statement your reasons for wanting to study part-time.

Letters of Reference

Please provide 1 academic reference. No more than 3 letters of reference may be filed to support an application. All letters of reference are confidential and must be submitted by the referee directly to OLSAS.

Aboriginal/Indigenous Category:

Provide at least 1 academic reference and corroboration of your interest in, and identification with, your Aboriginal/Indigenous community.

Supplementary Documentation

To submit supporting documentation, once your application has been submitted, you can upload these documents using the Secure Applicant Messaging tool (SAM). Log in to your submitted application to access SAM, and follow the instructions provided.

Aboriginal/Indigenous Category:

Please submit a copy of your status card or a non-academic letter of reference to corroborate your identification with an Aboriginal/Indigenous community.

Language Proficiency and TOEFL

An excellent command of spoken and written English is essential for success in law school. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if you are not fluent in English. Test results from the iBT TOEFL are preferred. Other tests of English-language fluency may be considered, according to the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies and Research standards. Find more information about language proficiency.

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Admission to Combined Degree Programs

  • MIR/JD
  • MPA/JD
  • JD/MBA
  • MA(Econ)/JD

MIR/JD

The Master of Industrial Relations/Juris Doctor (MIR/JD) is a 3.5-year combined degree program that merges graduate training in human resources management, employment and labour policy with a professional degree in law.

An option to complete the combined degrees in 3 years is available for students who are selected to complete an International Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in the spring term of the graduate registration year.

Most MIR/JD registrants choose to complete the combined program in 3 years on this basis.

MIR/JD Admission Requirements

Up to 5 candidates may be admitted to the MIR/JD program each year. You must meet the admission requirements for both programs, including writing the LSAT. Offers of admission issued by each program separately must be accepted for you to be considered for admission into the combined program.

Note: An application must be made to OLSAS for admission to the JD degree program by November 1, and a concurrent, separate application must be made to the School of Industrial Relations for admission as a graduate student in the MIR program by January 15. Apply online to the MIR program.

Further information about applying to the MIR program is available from the MIR Program Office at Queen’s University. Contact the MIR Program Coordinator.

MPA/JD Combined Degree Program

Queen’s Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor (MPA/JD) is a 3.5-year combined degree program.

An option to complete the combined degrees in 3 years is available to combined degree program students who are selected to complete an International Law Program at the BISC in the spring term of the graduate registration year.

The MPA/JD is an excellent choice if you seek to combine advanced skills in policy analysis and management with training in law for successful policy development and implementation.

The School of Policy Studies has a strong reputation for advanced education in policy studies in the areas of health policy, global governance, social policy and public policy in the voluntary sector of not-for-profit, community-based, non-governmental organizations.

MPA/JD Combined Degree Program Admission Requirements

Up to 5 candidates may be admitted each year. You must meet the admission requirements for both programs, including writing the LSAT. Offers of admission issued separately by each program must be accepted to be considered for admission into the combined program.

Note: Apply through OLSAS by November 1 for admission to the JD degree program. A concurrent, separate application must also be made to the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s for admission as a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration degree program by January 15. Apply online to the MPA program.

Further information about application to the MPA program is available from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University by contacting Fiona Froats, Program Administrator:

The School of Policy Studies
138 Union Street
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 217
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-6000, ext. 7706
Email: froatsf@queensu.ca

JD/MBA and Graduate Diploma in Business with JD

The JD/MBA combined program couples the internationally acclaimed, intensive 12-month Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree offered by the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University with the rich program in business law offered by Queen’s Faculty of Law.

Once admitted to the combined program, you have 2 options to complete the combined program in 3.5 years:

  1. As a combined JD/MBA student, you are eligible to apply for, and be selected to participate in, the International Business Law Program at the BISC to earn 9 upper-year JD credits.
  2. You may use cross-credits from approved MBA degree courses, equivalent to 6 upper-year JD credits, to complete the degree in 3.5 years.

In the Queen’s Law On Campus option, you may use approved MBA courses, equivalent to 12 upper-year JD credits, to complete both degrees in 3.5 years.

A new Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB) option offered by the Queen’s School of Business allows students with a non-business undergraduate degree to complete most of the foundation courses for the MBA in the summer before starting the JD program or in the summer between first-year and second-year JD.

By successfully completing the GDB, you are able to build on to the credits earned in the MBA program, while registered in the JD program, or within a 10-year period after the GDB is complete. Successfully completing the GDB will recognize 6 JD degree upper-year cross-credits. No GMAT score is required for admission to the GDB.

JD/MBA Admission Requirements

Important:

  • Apply through OLSAS by November 1 for admission to the JD degree program.
  • A concurrent, separate application must also be made to the School of Business at Queen’s for admission as a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration degree program.
  • Usually, up to 4 candidates are admitted each year.
  • You are also eligible to apply to the MBA portion of the program while you are in your first year at Queen’s law.

Find more information about the MBA application process to the MBA.

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the JD degree and to the MBA. Selection for admission to the combined program is not guaranteed if you meet only the minimum criteria for admission.

  1. A 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Competitive applicants typically have a minimum cumulative “B+” undergraduate average and an average of “A-” (roughly 80–84%) in the last 2 years of the undergraduate degree program.
  2. You must write the LSAT and the General Management Admission Test (GMAT). To be considered, you should obtain a minimum score of 600 on the GMAT and a minimum score of 158 (75th percentile) on the LSAT.
  3. If applicable, you should receive an acceptable score on the iBT TOEFL test as required by the Faculty of Law and the School of Business.
  4. A minimum of 2 years of full-time, post-degree professional experience is preferred, but this requirement may be waived by the School of Business. Internships and/or co-op placements may be considered as relevant work experience.

For further information about the MBA requirements for admission to the combined program, contact us:

Queen’s JD/MBA Admission
Queen’s School of Business
143 Union Street,
Goodes Hall, Suite 414
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2302
Toll-free: 1-888-621-0060 (within North America)
Email: queensmba@business.queensu.ca

MA (Economics)/JD Program

Queen’s Faculty of Law and the Department of Economics have partnered to offer a combined program that allows you to obtain both a Master of Arts (MA) in Economics and the Juris Doctor (JD) in 3 years.

The program provides highly focused interdisciplinary training for the many areas where law and economic analysis intersect, for example:

  • International trade law and policy
  • Corporate law and policy
  • Competition law and policy
  • Environmental and resource management
  • Tax law and policy

Combined MA (Econ)/JD students will receive excellent training and gain a strong competitive advantage to pursue careers in specialized legal work that requires knowledge of economic theory and social science methods.

MA (Economics)/JD Admission Requirements

You must meet the admission requirements of both the JD degree and the MA (Econ) programs. Selection for admission to the combined program is not guaranteed if you meet only the minimum criteria for admission. A maximum of 5 students per year will be admitted to the program.

Separate simultaneous applications to both the Faculty of Law (through OLSAS by November 1) and Graduate Studies are required. Please indicate that you wish to be considered for the combined program in your MA application. Late applications may still be considered, but early applications are encouraged.

Find more information about the MA (Economics)/JD Program application process.

The minimum requirements for admission to the combined program are:

  1. Completion of an Honours BA in Economics or a related field (e.g., Math, Physics). Most students admitted to the MA will have a minimum “B+” average. Most successful JD applicants will have a “B+” cumulative average and an “A-” average in the final 2 years of their undergraduate program.
  2. You must write the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  3. If your previous degree is not from a Canadian or American university, you are required to submit the results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. If applicable, an acceptable score on an approved English facility test (e.g., TOEFL) is also required.

Contact Information

Department of Economics
94 University Avenue
Dunning Hall, Room 209
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2259
Fax: 613-533-6668
Email: gradc@econ.queensu.ca

Faculty of Law
128 Union Street
Macdonald Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2220
Fax: 613-533-6509
JD Admissions: jd@queensu.ca

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Upper-Year Law Applicants

Admissions Process and General Requirements

All upper-year applications, including applications in the NCA category, are due to OLSAS by May 1 for studies starting in September.

The number of openings in each upper-year category is dependent on the internal attrition rates at the law school. Usually the number of places available in each category cannot be known precisely until late June when the Faculty ascertains how many of its students seek to study elsewhere, how many are taking an approved leave, and how many are returning to study. The number of places is never large and occasionally there are no places at all.

In particular, there have been very few openings for the admission of NCA applicants. Typically the Admissions Office receives many more applications from candidates that meet the minimum standards than there are places available.

All upper-year applicants are required to have both a sound academic record and good personal or academic reasons for wanting to study at the Faculty of Law of Queen’s University.

Graduates with a civil law degree from the province of Quebec are eligible to apply to our Civil Law – Common Law combined degree program directly through the Faculty of Law.

Decisions on upper-year transfer, Letter of Permission and NCA applications are generally made in June and July. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted to OLSAS in a timely manner. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Transcripts, confidential letters of reference and NCA letters of recommendation must be received by June 30 to be considered.

You must complete the OLSAS transcript request form for the institutions you have attended and/or are now attending. The transcript should be forwarded from the institution directly to OLSAS. Transcripts submitted in support of an application become the property of Queen’s University, may be subject to verification/authentication and are not available for copying.

Find more information about upper-year applicants.

Admissions Standards

Only applicants who have attained at least a “B” average in previous years of study in law will be considered for admission in all upper-year categories. If you have failed 1 or more courses in law school or in the NCA process, you will not be considered for admission. At least 1 academic letter of reference must be provided from a law professor who can comment on your academic abilities.

Provided that the application is competitive on academic factors, priority will be given to the admission of transfer or Letter of Permission applicants who seek to return to their home province from a Canadian law school outside Ontario and to applicants seeking to transfer between Ontario law schools.

Curriculum-related grounds and career path reasons supporting the application will be considered. Consideration will be given to compelling compassionate or personal grounds supporting the application. For example, consideration will be given to transfer and Letter of Permission applicants who suffer from ill health, which necessitates closer proximity.

Documentation corroborating the grounds should be provided to support the application.

The following documentation is required for admission to the upper-year categories:

  1. Official transcripts of all law grades received.
    • Transcripts should include academic records of all undergraduate programs and subsequent graduate work and should specify the courses taken, the grades, the degree and the standing obtained and provide a legend to the grading scheme. Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended, including transcripts from studies as a visiting or exchange student.
    • If you have undertaken undergraduate studies outside of Canada and the United States, you must have your foreign transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES) or an equivalent service.
    • If you have undertaken graduate studies outside of North America, you are not required to have your foreign transcript assessed by WES or an equivalent service, although such assessment may be requested.
    • Candidates from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) must have their NCA assessment sent directly from the NCA. If an official NCA assessment is provided, applicants are not required to send original transcripts from outside Ontario.
  2. Certified copy of the LSAT score report form. Upper-year applicants who have never written the LSAT will not be required to take the LSAT.
  3. A personal statement, including the reasons for seeking admission to Queen’s Law School. (See Personal Statement.)
  4. At least 1, but no more than 2, confidential academic letters of reference from instructors at the current law school. A non-academic reference may be filed by NCA applicants who have engaged in the practice of law.
  5. For Letter of Permission and transfer students, a letter from the Dean or Associate Dean Academic attesting that you are in good standing and have not been the subject of any disciplinary sanction or investigation for misconduct on academic or non-academic grounds.
  6. Letter of permission from the previous law school, if admission is being sought in this category for one or both terms of third-year JD degree studies.
  7. For the NCA category, you must provide a current letter of recommendation from the NCA that specifies the courses and conditions upon which a Certificate of Qualification would be issued and any subsequent correspondence with the NCA that pertains to progress in courses stipulated initially.
  8. Other documentation and information as the Admissions Committee may request.

Language Proficiency and TOEFL

An excellent command of spoken and written English is essential to success in law school. A TOEFL score is required if you are not fluent in English. If you have completed at least 3 years of full-time study at a recognized university taking courses for which English is the official language of instruction, you may request exemption from the TOEFL requirement.

Such a request for exemption must be supported by an academic letter of reference attesting to your fluency in written and spoken English.

Test results from the new iBT TOEFL are preferred. Standards for the new TOEFL iBT are a minimum total score of no less than 100, with a minimum of 24 on the Writing section, no less than 22 on the Speaking section, no less than 24 on the Reading section and no less than 20 on the Listening section.

Under the old TOEFL scoring system, no applicant with a TOEFL score of less than 600/250 and a TWE of less than 5.0 was considered. The institution code for Queen’s University is 0949. Find more information about English language proficiency and TOEFL.

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Admission Categories

  1. Transfer
    1. From a common law LLB or JD program at a Canadian law school
      If you have completed the first year of a common law LLB or JD degree program at a Canadian law school, you may apply to transfer into the second year of the JD degree program at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. If admitted, you will be expected to satisfy the JD degree requirements after 2 years of full-time course work at Queen’s.Upon successfully completing the degree requirements and adhering to all academic regulations, you will be eligible to receive a Queen’s University JD degree. You will have transfer credits recognized for first-year courses that are substantially similar to the first-year curriculum of the JD degree program at Queen’s University, but will be required to complete any first-year courses that were not part of the first-year curriculum of the degree program of the current law school you wish to transfer from.
    2. From a common law LLB or JD degree program at a law school outside Canada (advanced standing transfer applicants)
      Advanced standing applicants are transfer applicants who seek to be admitted into the Queen’s JD degree program from a law school outside Canada offering a common law LLB or JD degree. Generally, you are not accorded more than 1 year’s advanced standing and will be required to take Canadian Public Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law from the first-year curriculum. Transfer credit may be recognized for first-year courses that are substantially similar to the first-year curriculum of the JD degree program at Queen’s University but transferees will be required to complete any first-year courses that were not part of the first-year curriculum of the degree program at the home law school they wish to transfer from.The Admissions Office will determine whether or not previously earned credits will be recognized for transfer to the Queen’s University JD degree. Upon admission, you will be expected to satisfy the JD degree requirements after successful completion of at least 2 years of full-time course work. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and adherence to all academic regulations, you will be eligible to receive the JD degree from Queen’s University.
  2. Letter of Permission
    As an upper-year law student, you may apply to study as a visiting student at the Faculty of Law for a single term or for a maximum period of one academic year on a Letter of Permission basis.
    Note: If you are admitted on a Letter of Permission, you are not eligible for transfer into the Queen’s JD degree program. Academic work completed at Queen’s Faculty of Law will be credited toward satisfaction of the degree requirements of the home law school. The home law school will reserve the right to approve course load and course selections. Subject to the foregoing, a Letter of Permission student will be subject to the academic policies and regulations of Queen’s University and of the Faculty of Law for the duration of the registration as a visiting student.
  3. National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)
    If you have completed a law degree from a foreign common law jurisdiction and wish to be admitted to the practice of law in a Canadian common law jurisdiction, you must apply to the NCA. The NCA was established by the Canadian Council of Law Deans and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to conduct assessments of the equivalency of legal credentials and experience. More information about the NCA.Applications for admission in the NCA category must be supported by a current letter of recommendation from the NCA concerning the conditions upon which a Certificate of Qualification would be issued by the Committee and any subsequent correspondence with the NCA about progress in the recommended courses. The Certificate of Qualification is needed for entry into a provincial licensing process. NCA applicants should note that interviews for articling placement in Ontario generally take place during the summer, 1 full year prior to the start of the placement.Applicants are advised to contact the Law Society of Upper Canada to confirm the procedures and deadlines for the licensing process in Ontario.The Admissions Committee relies on the NCA’s recommendation and gives preference to applicants who are required to take examinations in fewer than 8 subjects to earn a Certificate of Qualification. A letter of recommendation and any subsequent correspondence relating to completion or attempts of required courses must be received by Queen’s Faculty of Law by June 30. A Queen’s University JD degree is not conferred upon applicants admitted under the NCA category.

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Financial Aid: All JD Program Applicants

Queen’s University and the Faculty of Law are committed to ensuring a legal education remains financially affordable to qualified students. Each year our students benefit from approximately $6.3 million in financial assistance, including university bursary support, scholarships, government student loans and grants.

See a comprehensive list of all scholarships, prizes, awards and bursaries for Queen’s law students.

Merit-Based Scholarships and Needs-Based Bursary Assistance

Student financial assistance programs and services are administered by the Queen’s University Office of the University Registrar – Student Awards.

These programs and services include merit-based scholarships; awards and prizes funded through the generosity of our many donors, alumni, friends and law firms; and needs-based financial assistance through awards and bursaries. Bursaries are non‑repayable grants from the university assessed on the basis of documented financial need.

Financial need is evidenced on the basis of the following:

  • accumulated educational debt (government student loans, interest on other debt, such as student lines of credit)
  • personal circumstances (dependants, medical expenses and other living expenses)

Law Admissions Bursary Program

Queen’s Law was one of the first law schools to administer a law admission bursary program.

This money is a non-repayable grant provided by Queen’s University that will help finance your first academic year.

To qualify:

  • You must have accessed government student loans to finance your undergraduate education.
  • You must show continuing eligibility for government student loans.
  • You must have submitted a complete law admissions bursary application showing accumulated educational debt.

See the Queen’s financial aid forms and applications.

Work-Study Program

Demonstrated financial need will receive priority for certain part-time work available on campus. Earnings may yield up to $2,000 over the fall and winter terms. Indicate on the Queen’s Law Admission Bursary Application if you wish to be considered for the Work-Study Program.

Professional Student Line of Credit

The main Kingston branches of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Nova Scotia offer professional student lines of credit geared to the needs of law students, with favourable interest rates and guarantor requirements.

For questions about financial assistance and advice, contact the Queen’s Student Awards Office  or call 613-533-2216.

Student Awards Office
74 Union Street
Gordon Hall, Room 225
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2216
Fax: 613-533-6409

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Supplementary Information for All Applicants

Personal Information and File Retention Policy

Your files are kept for 1 year after the initial application in the event that you re-apply.

Thereafter, if you do not register, your files are destroyed, unless we receive information about misconduct in the application process. Applicant information provided in electronic format and remitted by OLSAS is collected in our admissions database.

This information will be saved in our admissions database for at least 10 years for the following purposes:

  • longitudinal or statistical studies,
  • reports or queries pertinent to recruitment,
  • admissions,
  • diversity of the applicant pool and registrant populations,
  • enrollment management, and
  • retention and academic progress.

Information pertaining to admitted applicants who register at Queen’s may be used for the purpose of participating in correlation studies conducted by the Law School Admission Council to assess the predictive value of the LSAT score and grades at the time of admission in relation to performance in first-year law.

The application documentation submitted on admission is retained as part of the student file for students who are admitted and register at Queen’s Faculty of Law. Such information is held confidentially and used in accordance with the privacy and access to information policies of Queen’s University.

Personal information may be disclosed to regulatory authorities, law enforcement officials or other persons when authorized or required by law. Questions may be addressed to the Assistant Dean of Students in the Faculty of Law.

Find more information about the Personal Information and File Retention Policy.

Deferrals

A deferral of admission for 1 year may be granted by request, in writing, on the prescribed form. Deferral may be granted if the application is competitive and if there are reasonable grounds to support the request for deferral. If you seek a deferral, you are required to provide a firm acceptance to Queen’s. Access the deferral request form.

Fee Waivers

Applications for a waiver of the Queen’s University portion of the application fee must be made, in writing, on the prescribed form. Granting of waivers is discretionary.

You must provide evidence of financial need and meet the minimum criteria for consideration. Fee waiver applications must be made before the law school application deadline. Access the fee waiver request form.

Late Applications

Requests for permission to submit a late application must be made, in writing, on the prescribed form and must include reasons for the late submission. If you seek late admission, you must meet competitive standards for admission. Access the late application request form.

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Contact Information

Admission Inquiries

Queen’s University Faculty of Law
Admissions Office
128 Union Street
Macdonald Hall, Room 301
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2220
Fax: 613-533-6611
Email: jd@queensu.ca

Caution

Providing false or misleading information or failing to provide material information will invalidate the application and will result in immediate rejection or in the revocation of admission and/or registration. You may also be reported to the LSAC Subcommittee for Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process for further action.

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