Is there a cost to apply to the Certificate in Law?

There is a $100.00 application fee that can be paid using a credit card.

Is the Certificate in Law program eligible for financial aid?

If you are a student who resides in Ontario or another province/territory, you may be eligible for part-time assistance. Please contact Student Awards for further information regarding financial aid https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/home.

Non-degree interest Law students are not eligible for financial aid. 

What is the difference between 200-level and 700-level courses? How much does the Certificate in Law cost? 

The two numbers reflect different tuition rates offered as part of the Certificate in Law. 

If you are an undergraduate student completing a degree (on-campus or distance student), you can count no more than 6.0 units at the 200-level towards your degree requirements as electives and will be assessed home faculty tuition fee rates. The remaining two courses must be taken at the 700-level and at the Faculty of Law tuition rate.

700-level courses do not count towards your undergraduate degree but are included in your GPA. Once courses have been completed, you are not permitted to switch a 700-level course to a 200-level course. 

Non-Queen’s students, including distance learners and interest students are required to complete all four courses at the 700-level and at the Faculty of Law tuition rate. Queen's alumni can retroactively apply a maximum of two Law courses (6.0 units) at the 200-level taken prior to graduation. 

As a non-Queen's student, can I enroll in courses without being admitted in the Certificate in Law?

The Law courses can be taken without admission to the Certificate in Law program. You must apply as a non-degree interest Law student. For further information on admission criteria, please visit our Apply page. 

Interest students will have the option to complete the Certificate in Law program. Once you've met academic progression (C+ or higher) in your first two courses at the 700-level, you may be matriculated into the Certificate in Law program where you'll be able to complete the two remaining courses. All tuition fees are at the Faculty of Law tuition rate. 

As a current Queen's student, do I have to apply to the Certificate in Law before enrolling in courses?

200-level courses can be taken without admission to the Certificate in Law program. In order to access 700-level courses, you must be a registered student in the Certificate in Law program. We recommend applying to the Certificate in Law program before enrolling in courses, however, 200-level courses can be retroactively applied towards your certificate requirements once admitted to program. Please visit our About page for further details.

I am a first-year Queen’s student interested in pursuing the Certificate in Law. Can I take courses?

You are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Law program once you have completed your first year of studies. You can begin enrolling in 200-level Law courses in summer term between your first and second year. If you complete a course in summer of first year, this will be counted as an elective towards your degree program and also count towards your Certificate in Law requirements once accepted.  

After completing your first year of studies at Queens, the earliest you can begin applying as a student in the Certificate in Law program is for fall term admittance which begins June 1. 

Is this Certificate part of, or a substitute for, a law degree?

No. While the Certificate in Law provides an overview of the law in Canada, Certificate courses are not eligible for credit to a professional degree program in law (LLB or JD). This certificate will not make you eligible to pass the bar or practice law. It is, however, a comprehensive way to learn more about Canadian law.

Are Certificate in Law courses recognized by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)?

Certificate in Law courses are intended as undergraduate-level introductions to various topics in the law, and are not recognized by the NCA.

Will the Certificate in Law help me get into law school?

Law school admissions is a detailed process and a wide range of factors determine which students are admitted. All Canadian J.D. / LL.B. programs require at least two years of full-time undergraduate study for admission and most require completion of a degree program. So these courses could be considered along with the rest of your academic record and other admission material (e.g. LSAT results). Admission, however, depends on everything included in your application.

The presence of undergraduate Law courses focusing on Canadian law may show a level of interest in the law that could strengthen a person’s application to law school, however, we are unable to guarantee that these courses will lead to admission into law school.

The Law courses are designed to provide you a better idea on if you want to apply to law school and can provide a helpful background if admitted.

How will the Certificate in Law benefit me?

The Faculty of Law believes everyone should have a basic understanding of the law; and how it can impact you on both a personal and professional basis. 

This is an academic accreditation that will be a permanent part of your academic record, and a testament to a level of knowledge of the law that few people outside of formal legal studies ever attain. It is a competitive job market and anything you can do to distinguish yourself from other applicants will help. An additional credit, like a Certificate in Law, can only benefit you. Expand your horizons and see if legal studies are right for you! 

Do non-Queen's students need a Letter of Permission in order to have courses count towards home degree or diploma?

All undergraduate Law courses are three-credit (3.0) courses at Queen’s. If you are registered in another recognized post-secondary institution, you will need a letter of permission from your college or university if you want to earn transfer credits. Your home institution will assess and approve the number of transfer credits that will be recognized for courses completed at Queen’s.

If you are an Ontario undergraduate student, we recommend you visit eCampus Ontario to take a look at how credits from our courses can help you. There are a number of factors including your home institution, program of study, and courses already completed that can affect how you can use the credits from the Certificate in Law.

If you are interested in pursuing this option, please discuss with an Academic Advisor at your college or university.  

Will these courses count towards the Dean’s Honour List in my undergraduate degree program?

Queen's students can count 200-level courses taken as electives towards the Dean’s Honour List. 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 GPA. 

Any Law courses earned while completing the Certificate in Law may be included in the calculation of undergraduate grades done by Ontario Law Schools Application Service, if you are applying for admission to law school. 

Do I have to complete the courses in any particular order?

Courses can be done in any order, however, it is strongly recommended that you begin with Law 201/701 – Introduction to Canadian Law as it will introduce you to other areas of law and other courses associated with the Certificate in Law. 

We do our best to offer every Law course more than once in an academic year. To assist in your course planning, the course offering schedule is located on the About page. 

Can I be discontinued from the Certificate in Law program?

Yes, we realize that situations change. If you wish to be discontinued from the Certificate in Law, please send an email to lawcertificate@queensu.ca and include your student number. We will submit a request to the Office of the University Registrar to have you discontinued from the Certificate in Law. It will show as "discontinued" on your academic record. 

If you withdraw from the Certificate in Law program and are a current Queen's student, please note, 700-level courses you have completed cannot be used toward your degree requirements, only 200-level courses can be used counted as electives. 

When should I apply to be admitted to the Certificate in Law?

Students may enroll in the Certificate at any time with the exception of first year students as you must have completed your first year of studies. 

  • Fall term application dates are open June 1 - August 1 for courses starting in September
  • Winter term application dates are open October 1 - December 1 for courses starting in January
  • Summer term application dates are open February 1 - April 1 for courses starting in May

Do I need to complete all four courses before I graduate?

The program is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and you can complete requirements for the Certificate in Law prior to and after graduation. Please note, that once you’ve graduated, courses will need to be taken at the 700-level and at the Faculty of Law tuition rate.

Am I eligible for a student health and dental plan?

The Certificate in Law is not affiliated with a student government therefore you are not eligible to opt in to the health/dental benefits plan.

If I don’t meet the requirements to be admitted into the Certificate in Law program, can I appeal?

The Undergraduate Admissions office does not accept appeals or extenuating circumstances for students applying to upper-year programs. Admission into the Certificate in Law program is solely based on your GPA. If you are a Queen’s student, you must have successfully completed your first year of studies in a full-time undergraduate degree program. For more information on admission criteria, please visit our Apply page.

What is the admission criteria? 

The admissions criteria is outlined on our Apply page.

Are online courses easier than in-class courses?

Online education is substantially different, but no easier than in-class instruction. While the Faculty of Law uses a different model for teaching that allows students to move at their own pace and study the coursework to match their needs, this is still a demanding course taught by law faculty. 

As with any other course, grades are dependent on the effort students put into the course and fulfilling course obligations including participation, quizzes, assignments, group work and final exams.  

How much time should I plan to invest on each week?

The course material is divided into a 12 week term. Modules vary in length from one to two weeks and learners can expect to invest an average of 7-9 hours per week in each course but this may fluctuate from week to week. 

Are there any computer requirements for online courses?

  • Desktop computer or laptop (iPads, tablets and mobile devices not supported)
    • PC: Windows 7, 8, or higher; Chromebook version 80 or higher 
    • MAC: OSX EI Capitan 10.11 or higher 
  • You must have a working built-in or external webcam (800 x 600 resolution or better) and microphone
  • Your Internet speed must be at least 300 kbps download and 250 kbps upload. You can determine your Internet speed by running a test at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Recommended browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, with pop-up blocker disabled 
  • Java: Latest version with third party cookies enabled 
  • Media Player: Flash (latest version) 
  • Adobe Reader: Latest version 

How can I order textbooks?

Textbooks can be purchased from the Queen's Campus Bookstore. You can also purchase textbooks from other sources including directly from publisher or a third-party website providing you purchase the correct edition. 

To learn more about which textbook is required for a specific course, visit our Courses page. 

How do I log in to onQ?

Go to onq.queensu.ca. Use your Queen's netID and password to “log in”. If you encounter issues or require support, please contact Queen's ITS.

How do I add, drop and swap courses on SOLUS?

For a number of tutorials including how to add, drop or swap courses, please visit http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/solus/academics

I am a Certificate in Law student and not currently in a degree program, can I take additional online courses through another Queen's faculty?

Students are only permitted to enroll in Law courses that count towards the Certificate in Law program. If you are interested in pursuing non-Law courses, please visit their website for further information on admission criteria and eligibility.