Queen's Email Activation

After offer has been accepted in your SOLUS Student Center as either a student in the Certificate in Law program or as a non-degree interest Law student, you need to activate your Queen's student email as all communication sent by the Faculty of Law is done via your student email and not your application email. 

Visit Queen's ITS to learn more about Microsoft Office 365 and to activate your Queen's student email. If you experience difficulty in activating your email, please contact Queen's IT Support Centre.  

Accessing Courses in onQ

The Faculty of Law provides access to your onQ course(s) at least 2-3 days before start of term, otherwise courses will be available on the first day of classes. To log into onQ, click on https://my.queensu.ca/ or follow below instructions. 

  • Go to the Certificate in Law website: https://certificate.queenslaw.ca/
  • Click on the white button in the top right corner "Search and Sign In" 
  • On the "University Wide" column on the left hand side, select the "onQ" tab

If you would like to review course descriptions, assessment weighting and course materials, visit our Courses page

Supports and Policies 

Handbook of Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures 

The purpose of this Handbook is to acquaint students with the academic requirements, regulations, policies, procedures, and expectations of the Certificate in Law (“CIL”). It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the entire document. Questions about any of its contents should be directed to the Academic Director of the CIL (referred to in this Handbook as the “Academic Director”) or the Certificate Program Coordinator of the CIL (referred to in this Handbook as the “CIL Coordinator”).


Sessional Dates

The progress of your academic year at Queen's will follow a schedule of important dates and deadlines. To better plan your studies, please review the list of dates provided below. 

2021-22 Certificate in Law Sessional Dates 

2022-23 Certificate in Law Sessional Dates 


Queen’s University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may require accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the QSAS website.

The class website on onQ is powered by the Brightspace by D2L Learning Environment that complies with common accessibility standards and every effort has been made to provide course materials that are accessible. If you find any element of this course difficult to access, please discuss with your instructor how you can obtain an accommodation.

Student Academic Success Services 

The Student Academic Success Services (SASS) website can help with information on time management, organization, effective reading and note-making, preparing for and writing exams, quantitative problem-solving, and other critical learning and study skills.

Want more one-on-one support? The experts at SASS are happy to arrange an individual consultation. Visit their website or call 613-533-6315 to make an appointment.

Academic Consideration for Students with Extenuating Circumstances 

Academic Consideration is meant to assist you manage a short-term extenuating circumstance that is beyond your control that could affect academics. If you are unable to write your final, online Law examination(s) within the allotted 24-hour period due to extenuating circumstances, you will need to submit one of the following two academic considerations.  

  1. Request for academic consideration up to 3 days
  2. Request for academic consideration longer than 3 days 

If you are enrolled in 200-level Law courses and require academic consideration or an exam deferral, please contact your home faculty or visit your home faculty website for Academic Consideration policies and procedures. For those enrolled in Law courses at the 700-level, please contact the Certificate in Law Program Coordinator at lawcertificate@queensu.ca regarding accommodations and exam deferrals.  

If you are seeking ongoing academic accommodations and are registered with Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), please contact your instructor or contact the QSAS Intake Coordinator at qsas.intake@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000, ext. 77628.

Examples of extenuating circumstances:

  • Short-term physical or mental illness (e.g., stomach flu)
  • Serious injury (e.g., concussion or broken bones)
  • Required treatment (e.g., surgery or medication side effects)
  • Serious injury or illness of significant other (e.g., car accident)
  • Bereavement (death of family member or close friend)
  • Traumatic event (e.g., divorce, sexual assault)
  • Unforeseen technological or workspace disruptions beyond student’s control, computer malfunction, power outage affecting access; documentation is required (dated receipt of repair [e.g.to demonstrate hardware/software repair], dated news articles, weather reports or screenshots from utility provider to demonstrate lack of internet access due to power outage)

Examples of non-extenuating circumstances:

  • A personal event (wedding, vacation, travel etc.)
  • Transportation difficulties 
  • Technical problems (computer issues)
  • Competing commitments (work, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, etc.)
  • High levels of academic or exam-related stress
  • For requests related to religious observances
  • Technology malfunctions (chronic technological difficulties or workspace disruptions, such as long-term hardware/software failure, prolonged poor internet coverage, lack of planning or knowledge of program software/onQ, missing notifications/reminders, use of unsupported/out-of-date software, or other persistent technological challenges)

Academic Integrity

The Certificate in Law policy and regulations pertaining to academic integrity are derived from and subject to the Senate Policy on Academic Integrity and the Senate Policy on Academic Integrity Procedures-Requirements of Faculties and Schools.

Queen’s University is dedicated to creating a scholarly community free to explore a range of ideas, to build and advance knowledge, and to share the ideas and knowledge that emerge from a range of intellectual pursuits. Queen’s students, faculty, administrators and staff therefore all have responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity.

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility and by the quality of courage. These values and qualities are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University.

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with and adhering to the regulations concerning academic integrity. General information on academic integrity is available at the Academic Integrity @ Queen's website.

Final Assessments 

When you enroll in a Law course associated with the Certificate in Law, you will be writing a final assessment using the quiz tool in onQ. This assessment is a summative activity with questions relating to all topics covered in course. Further information about the final assessment can be found in your onQ course page. 

Final Assessment dates and times are set by Queen's University and cannot be changed. Please arrange personal and work commitments around the time period that is allotted for you to schedule and complete your exam. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, travel etc. during the exam period as these requests are not considered conflicts. 

Exam Centre Codes 

When enrolling in a Law course, SOLUS will require you to enter an exam centre code (location to write exam). You can enter "4251 - Kingston, ON" as students are not assessed off-campus fees for writing final, online Law exams.  

Final Grades

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

Important Dates

Summer 2022

  • November 1, 2021: Registration for summer term classes begin 
  • February 1, 2022: Summer 2022 program applications open 
  • April 1, 2022: Program application closes for summer 2022
  • May 9, 2022: Classes start 
  • May 9, 2022: Tuition due date for summer term courses 
  • May 13, 2022: Last day to add summer term courses for current students 
  • May 20, 2022: Last day to drop summer term courses without financial penalty
  • July 1, 2022: Last day to drop summer term courses without academic penalty
  • July 29, 2022: Classes end 
  • August 2-10, 2022: Final Assessments/Exam Period 

Fall 2022

  • September 6, 2022: Classes start 
  • September 19, 2022: Last day to add fall term courses for current students 
  • September 19, 2022: Last day to drop fall term courses without financial penalty
  • October 11-14, 2022: Fall mid-term break 
  • November 1, 2022: Last day to drop fall term courses without academic penalty 
  • December 1, 2022: Application to graduate (A2G) opens for Spring 2023
  • December 5, 2022: Classes end
  • December 8-22, 2022: Final Assessments/Exam period

Winter 2023

  • January 9, 2023: Classes start 
  • January 20, 2023: Last day to add fall term courses for current students 
  • January 20, 2023: Last day to drop fall term courses without financial penalty
  • February 20-24, 2023: Mid-term reading week
  • March 3, 2023: Last day to drop fall term courses without academic penalty 
  • December 1, 2022: Application to graduate (A2G) opens for Spring 2023
  • April 10, 2023: Classes end
  • April 14-28, 2023: Final Assessments/Exam period


Managing Academics in SOLUS

To learn more about managing academics in your SOLUS, please follow below link to the Office of the University Registrar's website. There are step-by-step guides on how to add, drop and swap courses along with how to apply to graduate and access your unofficial transcript http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/solus/academics.  

Adding Courses 

  • When searching for courses in SOLUS, change course career to "Undergraduate Online" or search will end in no results. 
  • Current full-time Queen's students must complete their first year of studies before they are eligible to enroll in Law courses at the 200-level. When enrolling in 200-level courses in SOLUS, please select your home faculty when choosing the academic program (I.e. BAH, BCOM, FEAS). You will not be able to add courses at the 700-level until you have applied and been admitted to the Certificate in Law program. 
  • External and interest students must enroll in Law courses at the 700-level (I.e. Law 701-700).

Dropping Courses/Fee Refunds 

The drop deadline schedule is set out by the Office of the University Registrar. If you drop a course and all outstanding fees to Queen's University have been paid which results in a credit balance on your SOLUS account, you may be eligible for a refund.

To see if you qualify for a full or partial credit, refer to the "Drop Date Schedule for Undergraduate Programs" on the Office of the University Registrar's website http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/refunds

PIC (Personal Interest Credit)

Only students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program may choose to designate an undergraduate Law course at the 200-level for pass/fail grading. For more information on the academic regulations, please contact an Academic Advisor for further guidance Bachelor of Commerce website.

If you are a student in the Certificate in Law or are considering applying, you are not able to designate 200-level Law courses for Personal Interest Credit as these courses do not satisfy the requirements of the program. To be granted the Certificate in Law, you must meet academic progression of C+ or higher in all four courses.

If you designate a Law course for Personal Interest Credit (PIC) before accepting offer into the Certificate in Law, this course cannot be used to satisfy certificate requirements. Please note: Law courses at the 700-level cannot be designated for Personal Interest Credit. 


If you require an official transcript, please visit the University Registrar – Transcripts. 


Once you have completed requirements for the Certificate in Law program and met academic progression, the next step is to apply to graduate through SOLUS. There are two convocation ceremonies; Spring (June) and Fall (November). If unsure or would like to verify that all requirements have been satisfied, email the Certificate in Law Program Coordinator at lawcertificate@queensu.ca.

Attending Convocation Ceremony

Queen's students can receive both diploma and Certificate in Law at your home faculty ceremony. When applying to graduate in SOLUS, please indicate you are attending home faculty ceremony and not the Faculty of Law ceremony., 

If you are not a dual student, you are cordially invited to attend the Law ceremony. 

Not Attending Convocation

If you selected "Mail" when you applied to graduate, your certificate will be sent to the primary address listed on your SOLUS. Please note, it will be shipped 3-4 weeks after ceremony, ensure your address and phone number are up to date. If address is incorrect, your certificate will be returned to the Registrar's Office, If you selected "Pick Up", your certificate will be available in Gordon Hall, Room 125 beginning on the day of your ceremony (photo identification is required to pick up). 

Important Notice:  As per the Senate Policy on Student Debtors; if you have an outstanding debt to the university your diploma will not be printed. Once you clear your debt, you may contact the Office of the University Registrar to request it be printed.

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