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

The Queen’s Law Certificate in Law 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 their degree program as electives at the 200 level, with the home faculty tuition rate.

*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. 

 

The other two courses must be taken at the 700 level with the Faculty of Law rate, which is $1260 for each course. Students can take courses in either blended or online formats. One core law course can also be substituted with one of the selected Queen’s undergraduate courses as follows:

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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 $1260 for each course. If admitted into the Certificate in Law program, please note you are only permitted to take LAW (online) courses that count towards your 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. You can also download this schedule as a PDF (>1 MB).

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Important Dates

Final Exams

All final exams are virtually proctored in the Elentra Exam Module using RPNow software. RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace using your own computer. Please ensure you allow enough time to log in and complete your final exam before the 24-hour deadline is reached. Below is a list of dates for the final exams in Fall 2018. 

Students have a 24-hour period to log in and complete the LAW 201/701 - Introduction to Canadian Law (Online) exam through RPNow starting December 7th at 9am (EST) until 8:59am (EST) on December 8th

Students have a 24-hour period to log in and complete the LAW 204/704 - Corporate Law (Online) exam through RPNow starting December 13th at 2pm (EST) until 1:59pm (EST) on December 14th 

Students have a 24-hour period to log in and complete the LAW 201/701 - Introduction to Canadian Law (On Campus) exam through RPNow starting December 17th at 9am (EST) until 8:59am (EST) on December 18th 

Fall 2018 

  • September 1, 2018: Tuition due date
  • September 6, 2018: Classes start
  • September 19, 2018: Last day to add classes
  • September 19, 2018: Last day to drop without financial penalty
  • October 25-26, 2018: Fall term break
  • November 2, 2018: Last day to drop without academic penalty
  • November 7, 2018: Last day to submit exam accommodation requests (if applicable)
  • November 30, 2018: Classes End
  • December 5 – 20, 2018: Exam period
Winter 2019 
  • January 7, 2019: Classes start
  • January 10, 2019: Tuition due date
  • January 18, 2019: Last day to add classes
  • January 18, 2019: Last day to drop without financial penalty
  • February 4, 2019: Registration of Summer term classes begin
  • February 19-22, 2019: Reading week (classes will not be held)
  • March 1, 2019: Last day to drop without academic penalty
  • March 7, 2019: Last day to submit exam accommodation requests (if applicable)
  • April 5, 2019: Classes End
  • April 11-27, 2019: 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

  • Jan. 1 – April 1 are the open dates for Certificate applications for summer (courses beginning in May).
  • May 1 – August 1 are the open dates for Certificate applications for fall (courses beginning in September).
  • September 1 – December 1 are the open dates for Certificate applications for winter (courses beginning in January).

Course registration without admission to the Certificate in Law

Currently, all courses can be taken without admission to the Certificate in Law, through Queen’s Arts and Science Online. We recommend students apply and get accepted to the Certificate first, however. Note that only Queen’s students enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies may take Certificate courses at the 200 level.

Students must register and be admitted through Queen’s, and meet the admission requirements below:

  • Currently registered in a university or college degree program in second year or higher
  • Completion of a degree at a college or university

Exams

All final exams are virtually proctored in the Entrada Exam Module using RPNow software. RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace using your own computer. When enrolling in a course through SOLUS, you will be required to select an exam centre location. Please enter “Kingston” or code “4251” to ensure you will not be charged off-campus exam fees. 

Final Grades

Your final grades will appear on SOLUS Official transcripts showing final grades will be available on the Official Grade Release Date. Please note, a mark of IN (incomplete) is considered a grade, and will be released on your official transcript with this grade.

Graduation

Once you have completed requirements for your Certificate in Law, you can apply to graduate in SOLUS. There are two convocation ceremonies; one in Spring (mid-June) or Fall (mid-November). If you’re unsure or would like to double check that you have satisfied your certificate requirements, email 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

If you require 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.