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

The Queen’s Law Certificate is Canada’s only undergraduate law program to be offered by a law faculty both online and in a blended format on campus. Students 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:

About the Certificate in Law

Focus on Law

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

Students 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.

Certificate Structure

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

For Queen’s University, undergraduate degree program students*, two certificate courses can be applied to a degree program as electives at the 200 level and at the home faculty tuition rate. Students can take courses in either blended or online formats.

The other two courses must be taken at the 700 level with the Faculty of Law rate, which is $1134 for each course. 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.

*For Arts and Science students, these two courses will count as the 6.0 units of non-Arts and Science courses that may count toward an Arts and Science degree (no further non-Arts and Science courses may be counted). For Arts and Science students also enrolled in the Certificate in Law, it is strongly recommended by your home faculty that the first two courses be completed at the 200 level.

One core law 200-level course also be substituted with one of the selected Queen’s undergraduate courses as follows. You cannot substitute PHIL 318, COMM 382 or EMPR 210 for a 700 level course. 

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For all other students, including distance learners or letter of permission students, all four courses must be taken at the 700 level with the Faculty of Law rate, which is $1134 per course. If admitted into the Certificate in Law program, please note you are only permitted to take LAW (online) courses that count towards certificate requirements.

All students can complete Certificate courses in any order, but we strongly recommend that students begin with LAW 201/701 since 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 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.

Courses available all year round

Certificate courses will be available in both blended and online formats. Distance students (non-Queen’s students) may not take blended courses. 

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

Course Name

Course Number

   Fall 2019

   Winter 2020

      Summer 2020

Fall 2020 Winter 2021

Introduction to Canadian Law (On-Campus)

LAW 201/701

X

X

X

X X

Introduction to Canadian Law

LAW 201/701

X

X

 

X X

Aboriginal Law 

LAW 202/702

X

 

X

X  

Workplace Law 

LAW 203/703

 

X

X

  X

Corporate Law 

LAW 204/704

X

 

X

X  

Public & Constitutional Law

LAW 205/705

 

X

X

  X

Intellectual Property Law

LAW 206/706

 

X

 X

  X

International Law 

LAW 207/707

X

 

X

X  

Final Exams

When students enroll in a Law course associated with the Certificate in Law, students are agreeing to write the final exam online. The benefits of this are that students can complete the exam in own space using your own computer. For each exam, students will be using exam software developed at Queen’s by the Faculty of Health Sciences which is then integrated with an online proctoring system called Examity.

Examity is an online proctoring solution that provides students with the flexibility to take exams remotely while ensuring a high standard of academic integrity. To ensure a successful exam experience, students are responsible for ensuring that computer meets the minimum technical requirements, as described on this website, OnQ course page and syllabus. Students also need to be located in an area with sufficient high-speed internet at the time of completing exam. Students will be given the opportunity to complete a practice exam in advance of the final exam. The purpose of the practice exam is to step students through the online exam process and subsequently troubleshoot any problems in advance of final exam. 

Exam times and dates are set by the University and cannot be changed. Please ensure to arrange personal and work commitments around the 24-hour period that is allotted for students to schedule and complete exam within Examity. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, travel etc. during the exam period as these requests are not considered conflicts. If students need to request to write final exam on a different day and/or time, please contact instructor directly.The Fall 2019 Exam Schedule will be released to students in mid-October. 

Students registered with QSAS and who will be receiving accommodations for final exam, must send Letter of Accommodation to both instructor and to the Law Certificate Program Coordinator, Amanda Blair at amanda.blair@queensu.ca.

IMPORTANT CHANGE - As of Fall 2019, the Faculty of Health Sciences who assist in administering our final exams will be implementing new procedures regarding Examity proctored assessments. 

  • If students schedule or reschedule assessment less than 24 hours before it is scheduled to become available, students will be assessed a fee of $40 CAD. 
  • If a student-side event occurs during an assessment that requires rescheduling, such as accidentally submitting exam or technical/bandwidth issues, students will be assessed a fee of $40 CAD. 

Important Dates

Fall 2019 
  • September 1, 2019: Tuition due date 
  • September 5, 2019: Classes start 
  • September 18, 2019: Last day to drop without financial penalty
  • September 18, 2019: Last day to add classes
  • October 24-25: Fall term break
  • November 1, 2019: Last day to drop without academic penalty
  • December 1, 2019: Last day for online Law courses  
  • December 4-19, 2019: Exam Period
Winter 2020 
  • January 6, 2020: Classes start
  • January 10, 2020: Tuition due date 
  • January 17, 2020: Last day to drop without financial penalty
  • January 17, 2020: Last day to add classes
  • February 17-21, 2020: Reading week 
  • February 28, 2020: Last day to drop without academic penalty
  • April 5, 2020: Last day for online Law courses
  • April 9-25, 2020: Exam Period

Criteria

To review criteria and admission requirements for the Certificate in Law, please visit our Apply page.

Academic progression requirements

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

PIC (Personal Interest Credit)

Bachelor of Commerce students may choose to designate an undergraduate Law course for pass/fail grading that would normally have letter grading. For more information on the academic regulations, please contact your home faculty office or visit the Bachelor of Commerce website.

B.Comm students registered or considering applying to the Certificate in Law program within the Faculty of Law should not designate courses for Personal Interest Credit as these courses do not satisfy the requirements of the certificate. To be granted the Certificate in Law, students must meet academic progression.

If a student designates a Law course for Personal Interest Credit (PIC) before accepting admittance into the Certificate in Law, this course cannot also fulfill requirements of the certificate.  

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).

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. 

Final Grades

Students final grades can be found on SOLUS Official transcripts showing final grades will be available on the Official Grade Release Date

Graduation

Once students have completed requirements for the Certificate in Law program, apply to graduate within SOLUS. There are two convocation ceremonies; one in Spring (mid-June) or Fall (mid-November). If unsure or would like to double check all Certificate in Law requirements have been satisfied, email the Certificate in Law Program Coordinator, Amanda Blair at amanda.blair@queensu.ca.

Please visit University Registrar for more information on graduation. Check out the tutorial for further details on how to apply to graduate.

Transcripts

Students requiring an official transcript or need information including ordering, how to receive and costs, please visit the University Registrar – Transcripts. 

Academic Integrity

The Certificate in Law is governed by the academic integrity policy adopted and adhered to by the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.