Take any four courses for Canada's only online Certificate in Law!

The Queen’s Law Certificate is Canada’s only part-time undergraduate law program to be offered by a law faculty both online and in a blended format on campus. You can benefit from individual courses or work toward the full Certificate in Law.

Prepared and delivered by the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, the Certificate is comprised of four 3.0-credit (single term) courses (12 credits total), including:

Certificate application dates

  • January 1 – March 31 are the open dates for Certificate applications for summer (courses beginning in May).
  • May 1 – July 31 are the open dates for Certificate applications for fall (courses beginning in September).
  • September 1 – November 30 are the open dates for Certificate applications for winter (courses beginning in January).

About the Certificate in Law

The Certificate in Law focuses on case law, statutes and policies for each area addressed by certificate courses.

You will learn the historical, social and economic forces shaping the law; methods of legal reasoning; how to develop, articulate and justify a position; and how recent domestic and international trends and agreements affect the law.

You can complete Certificate courses in any order, but we strongly recommend that students begin with LAW 201/701 (on-campus or online) as it provides an introduction to the foundations of Canadian common law.

Note that these courses are undergraduate courses in law, and as such, cannot be applied for transfer credit to the Juris Doctor or Master's degree program offered by Queen’s Faculty of Law.

Undergraduate courses in law completed at other universities or colleges will not be assessed for transfer credit to the Certificate Program.

Certificate Structure

On-Campus Students 

To be granted the Certificate in Law, you must complete all four courses with a minimum GPA of 2.3 (C+) in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.6. 

If you are a current undergraduate Queen's student*, two Law courses may be counted towards your degree as electives at the 200-level and at your home faculty tuition rate. Courses can be taken in either blended (Law 201) or online formats.

The other two courses must be taken at the 700-level and at the Faculty of Law tuition rate. 700-level courses are not counted towards the Dean's Honour List and do not count towards your degree requirements, however, are included in your final GPA. Once these courses are completed, you will not be able to switch a 700-level course to a 200-level course. 

*If you are an Arts and Science student, two courses at the 200-level will count as the 6.0 units of non-Arts and Science courses that can be applied towards your Arts and Science degree (no further non-Arts and Science courses will be permitted). If you are also enrolled in the Certificate in Law, it is strongly recommended that you complete the first two courses at the 200-level.

If you are a student in the Applied Economics program through the Faculty of Arts & Science, please consult with an Academic Advisor before enrolling in Law courses at the 200 level. 

One core 200-level undergraduate Law course can be substituted for either PHIL 318, COMM 382 or EMPR 210 (only full time on-campus students can can enroll in substitution courses). PHIL 318, COMM 382 and EMPR 210 cannot be taken in place of a 700-level Law course. 

Chart describing Certificate course options

Distance, Interest and Letter of Permission Students 

If you are a distance, interest or letter of permission student, four courses must be taken at the 700-level (for example Law 701-700) and at the Faculty of Law tuition rate . If admitted into the Certificate in Law program, please note you are only permitted to take LAW (online) courses that count towards certificate requirements. 


Home faculty tuition fees are assessed for full-time on campus students enrolled in a 200-level course. 

The Faculty of Law tuition rate for each 700-level course is $1134.00 for domestic students and $2957.04 for international students. Please visit the Office of the University Registrar Tuition and Fees page for further information and policies. 

Tuition is due September 1 for fall term, January 10 for winter term and May 1 for summer term. 

Financial Aid - Ontario 

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program assisting students with the costs of post-secondary studies. For further information and to see if you are eligible for part-time assistance, please visit Student Awards https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-aid/government-student-aid/osap

If you have been admitted as a non-degree interest Law student, you are not eligible for financial aid. 

Financial Aid - Other Provinces/Territories  

For information and to see if you are eligible for part-time assistance, please visit Student Awards https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-aid/government-student-aid/other-provincesterritories

If you have been admitted as a non-degree interest Law student, you are not eligible for financial aid. 

Law Course Offering Schedule 

Certificate courses are offered all year round. Distance students may not enroll in the on-campus version of Law 201. 

Certificate in Law Course Offerings (Courses may be subject to change) 

Course Name

Course Number

 Fall 2020

 Winter 2021

Summer 2021 

Introduction to Canadian Law (On-Campus)

LAW 201




Introduction to Canadian Law

LAW 201/701




Aboriginal Law 

LAW 202/702




Workplace Law 

LAW 203/703




Corporate Law 

LAW 204/704




Public & Constitutional Law

LAW 205/705




Intellectual Property Law

LAW 206/706




International Law 

LAW 207/707




Academic progression requirements

  • You must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (GPA 2.3) in each course offered in the program
  • You must achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.6 overall to earn the Certificate in Law

    Course registration without admission to the Certificate in Law

    Law courses can be taken without admission to the Certificate in Law program as an Interest student through the Faculty of Law. For more information on the admission criteria, please visit our Apply page.