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:

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.

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.

All students 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, 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 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.

For students in the Applied Economics program through the Faculty of Arts & Science, please consult with your Advisor before enrolling in Law courses 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. 

Chart describing Certificate course options

Distance, Interest and Letter of Permission Students 

For Distance, interest and letter of permission students, four courses must be taken at the 700 level (for example Law 701-700) and at the Faculty of Law 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. 

Fees

The Faculty of Law tuition rate for domestic students is $1134.00 per course and international fees are $2957.04 per course. Please visit the Office of the University Tuition and Fees page for further information and regarding policies. 

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

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

 Winter 2020

 Summer 2020

Fall 2020 Winter 2021

Introduction to Canadian Law (On-Campus)

LAW 201

X

 

X X

Introduction to Canadian Law

LAW 201/701

X

X

X X

Aboriginal Law 

LAW 202/702

 

X

X  

Workplace Law 

LAW 203/703

X

 

  X

Corporate Law 

LAW 204/704

 

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  

Admission 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

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.