Four courses – one certificate

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:

And, coming in 2018:

  • LAW 205/705 — Public & Constitutional Law
  • LAW 206/706 — Intellectual Property
  • LAW 207/707 — International Law

Dean Bill Flanagan on 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. The second two courses must be taken at the 700 level with the Faculty of Law rate, which is $1200 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:

Certificate Structure Chart Oct 2017- Queens

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 $1200 for each course. Students can only take online courses.

Certificate Structure Chart - LOP Interest_2017

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).

Certificate Course Schedule 2018-2020


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

Certificate application dates

Certificate applications close at midnight on November 30, 2017 for admission to the Winter 2018 semester (starting January 2018).

Jan. 1 – April 1 are the open dates for Certificate applications for summer (courses beginning May 2018).

May 1 – August 1 are the open dates for Certificate applications for fall (courses beginning September 2018).

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

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.


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