Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to apply to the Certificate in Law?
The Certificate in Law application costs $100, charged by the Queen’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Why do the Certificate courses have two numbers? How much will the Certificate or its courses cost?
The two numbers reflect different tuition rates for the courses offered as part of the Certificate in Law.
For undergraduate students who are registered at Queen’s, 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. If you don’t intend to apply the Certificate courses as electives to your current program, use the 700 level course codes for all four of your courses.
Non-Queen’s students, including distance learners and letter of permission students, must take courses at the 700 level at the Faculty of Law rate, which is $1200 for each course.
If you are already a degree holder and want to complete the Certificate, you must take all four courses at the 700 level at $1200 per course.
How many courses do I need to complete for the Certificate?
To receive the Certificate, students are required to complete four courses. Each course is valued at 3 credits. (A total of 12 credits).
Can I take individual courses, or do I have to take the full certificate?
You can take individual courses without having to complete the Certificate.
We recommend that students start with LAW 201/701: Introduction to Canadian Law as the foundation course, even if you don’t intend to finish the Certificate. You are not obliged to complete the Certificate to benefit from credits earned in individual courses.
Do I have to enroll in the Certificate before taking Certificate courses?
No. Although we encourage you to enroll in the Certificate before beginning the courses, you can apply your courses retroactively to the Certificate, providing you meet the admissions, academic and course requirements. Please see our About page for details.
Is this Certificate part of, or a substitute for, a law degree?
No. While the Certificate provides an overview of the law in Canada, Certificate courses are not eligible for credit to a professional degree program in law (LL.B. or J.D.).
This certificate will not make you eligible to pass the bar or to practice law. It is, however, a comprehensive way to learn more about Canadian law.
Are Certificate courses recognized by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)?
Certificate courses are intended as undergraduate-level introductions to various topics in the law, and are not presently recognized by the NCA.
Will the Certificate or any of these courses help me get into law school?
Law school admissions are detailed processes and a wide range of factors will determine which students are selected for which schools. 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 would be considered along with the rest of your academic record and other admissions material (e.g. LSAT results). Admission, however, depends on everything you bring to your application.
The presence on a transcript of undergraduate 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 cannot guarantee that these undergraduate law courses will lead to admission to law school.
The Certificate will help you get an idea of whether or not you might want to apply to law school and can provide you with a helpful background if you do go.
What credits will I get for this course? Do I need a Letter of Permission from my home institution?
All Certificate courses are three-credit courses at Queen’s. If you are registered in a degree program at another university or in a diploma program at another College, you will need a letter of permission from your home institution if you want to earn transfer credits toward that program. Your home institution will assess and approve how many transfer credits will be recognized for course completed at Queen’s.
Ontario distance learning students can get full details on requirements according to their home institution at eCampus Ontario.
How can I use the credits from these courses toward my undergraduate degree?
If you’re an Ontario undergraduate student, we recommend you visit eCampus Ontario to take a look at how credits for our courses can help you.
There are a number of factors – including your home institution, program of study, and courses you’ve already taken – that can affect how you can use the credits from the courses that comprise this certificate.
Other Canadian students should discuss this with their academic advisor.
Will Certificate courses count towards the Dean’s Honour List in my undergraduate degree program?
For Queen’s students, only the 200 level courses taken as electives will count towards the Dean’s Honour List. The 700 level courses will not be considered towards degree requirements, and so will not be considered for the Dean’s Honour List.
Students at other Canadian Universities will be earning transfer credits at Queen’s which will be applied toward completion of degree requirements. Therefore it is unlikely that the grades earned in these courses would be brought in to the calculation of Dean’s Honour List standing at your home university.
However, credits earned in the Certificate in Law will be included in the undergraduate grades calculation done by Ontario Law Schools Application Service, if you are applying for admission to law school. You will need to provide a Queen’s transcript for those grades to be included.
Do I have to complete the courses in any particular order?
No. Although we strongly recommend taking Law 201/701 – Introduction to Canadian Law as a first course, there is no requirement to do so. Certificate courses can be completed in any order.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students currently enrolled at Queen’s must complete two courses at the 200 level, and two courses at the 700 level to achieve the Certificate. This is a mandatory requirement.
When should I apply to be admitted to the Certificate in Law?
You may enroll in the Certificate at any time. However, if you are a Queen’s student, you must enroll before you graduate from your degree program.
What are the admissions requirements for the Certificate?
Admissions requirements are listed on our About page.
What are the beginning and end dates for the Certificate courses?
Please visit the Queen’s University Arts and Science Online page for upcoming course dates for summer 2017.
When will specific Certificate courses be offered?
The Certificate course schedule is available on our About page.
Are online courses easier than in-class courses?
Online education is substantially different – but no easier – than in-class instruction. While we use a different model for teaching that lets students move at their own pace and “flex” their study and coursework time to match their needs, this is still a demanding course taught by law instructors appointed by Queen’s Law.
As with any other course, your grade will depend on the effort you put into the course and fulfilling course obligations like participation, quizzes, assignments and group work by the deadlines stipulated.
How difficult are the courses? How much time should I plan to spend on these courses each week?
The courses are designed for 2nd year (and above) university students and are at an appropriate level of difficulty. Students can expect to spend 7 to 9 hours per week over a 12-week period to complete a Certificate course.
Are there in-class versions of these courses?
There are! Queen’s Law also offers these courses in a blended format at Queen’s University, which combines online video modules with in-class sessions with course instructors. LAW 201/701: Introduction to Canadian Law began as a blended course at Queen’s, and continues to be offered as a three-credit undergraduate course in the Fall and Winter semesters.