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:

• LAW 201/701– Introduction to Canadian Law
• LAW 202/702 – Aboriginal Law
• LAW 203/703– Workplace Law
• LAW 204/704 – Corporate 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:

For all other students, including distance learners, interest students, 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.

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.

Only 200 level courses are available for the 2017 Summer term, at this time. If only 200 level courses are available, and all Certificate in Law courses are completed this summer, as a transitional exception, the Faculty of Law may grant the Certificate.

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 as follows:

Applying for the Certificate in Law

The Certificate in Law is available to students across Canada who meet the following admission requirements:

• Must be in good academic standing;
• Must be highly proficient in the English language, meeting at least the minimum undergraduate degree language proficiency requirements;
•Successful completion of first-year undergraduate university or college degree program in full-time studies with a minimum CGPA of 2.60. Note that undergraduate students at other institutions will need a Letter of Permission to credit Certificate courses toward their home degree.;
• Successful completion of a two-year college diploma program with a minimum CGPA of 2.9, or;
• Any interest student admitted through Arts & Science Online and who has:
-Progressed to the status of continuing degree program student
-Has taken 18 course credits and meets admission requirements.

Academic progression requirements

• Registrants must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (GPA 2.3) in each course offered in the program
• Registrants should achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.6 overall to earn the Certificate in Law

Course registration without admission to the Certificate in Law

Currently, all courses can be taken without admission to the Certificate in Law. Any courses taken prior to the Certificate application being available, can be applied retroactively to the Certificate, provided the student is admitted into the Certificate, and the courses meet the academic progression requirements.

Students can also take individual courses without having to complete the Certificate. 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
• Interest student admitted through Arts and Science Online

Graduate students currently registered at Queen’s will need to receive course approval from their program prior to registering for courses.



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Macdonald Hall atrium: Queen’s Faculty of Law

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Aboriginal photo: Greg Black