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Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you receive?

2351 applications were received for admission to first year in 2015.  The target enrolment for the 2016 incoming first-year JD class (Law ’19) is 200.

How many years of an undergraduate program do I need in order to apply?

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of three years of full-time undergraduate studies at an institution recognized as providing an academic environment and education that prepares students for potential success in advanced study. Prior to completion of undergraduate degree studies, the applicant would have completed secondary schooling in Canada or equivalent pre-university studies.

What undergraduate program should I study to prepare for law school?

There are no prescribed "pre-law programs" or program pre-requisites.  Students at law school have completed undergraduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines including commerce, political science, engineering and pure sciences, philosophy, language studies and literature, economics, biology, sociology, music, fine art and international relations to name just a few.

Do you have minimum admissions requirements?

Applicants in the General category with a cumulative undergraduate average of less than a “B+” (77–79 percent, CGPA 3.30) and an LSAT score of less than 157 (72nd percentile) are not competitive for admission. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission are  eligible for consideration but are not guaranteed admission.

Applications in the Access category are encouraged, but applicants are cautioned that a cumulative undergraduate average of less than a B (70 to 74 percent) and an LSAT score of less than 151 (50th percentile) normally are not competitive for admission.

You can see statistics on our 2016 incoming class, the Queen's Law class of 2019, including their LSAT and undergraduate averages, at our Statistics page. 

Do all documents have to be in by November 1?

As long as you have submitted your OLSAS application online by November 1, application materials such as letters of reference and transcripts can follow after the deadline.  All documents should be sent to OLSAS.

How are grades and the LSAT weighed?

Grades indicate how well an applicant has mastered the academic discipline chosen for the undergraduate degree.  The LSAT test assesses aptitude for legal studies through questions designed to measure reading comprehension, logical and analytical reasoning.  Both grades and the LSAT score are considered academic factors of approximately equal weight. To have a good chance of being offered admission, both measures should fall within the competitive ranges for consideration.

When should I write the LSAT?

Applicants seeking admission in the first round must have written the LSAT no later than the December test date.  The February test score is the latest score accepted for admission in the current admission cycle.  It is strongly recommended that applicants write the LSAT no later than the December test date in order to have the score reports available to the Admissions Committee when first round offers begin to be issued in January.

How do you treat multiple LSAT scores?

The Admissions Committee initially considers the average score for the ranking of applicants for scholarship purposes and ordering review of the files for decision by the Committee. The Admissions Committee will rely on the highest score achieved at the time of the admission decision.

If I went on exchange in my undergrad, does my transcript need to be assessed by WES?

Applicants are not required to obtain a WES assessment for courses taken as part of an exchange program, as long as transfer credits for these courses are recognized on the home university transcript.

How many times can I take the LSAT Test?

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) will permit you to take the LSAT test three times in any two-year period.  This policy applies even if you cancel your score or if your score is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy.

For significant extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this policy may be made by LSAC. To request an exception, submit a signed, detailed explanation addressing the circumstances that you feel make you eligible to retake the LSAT and specify the date that you wish to test.  E-mail your request as an attachment to LSACinfo@LSAC.org or send it by fax to (215) 968-1277.

When can I expect to hear if I have been admitted?

Following the OLSAS application deadline, OLSAS will forward file contents in electronic format to Queen’s Faculty of Law. Files will be assembled from the electronic materials. Files in each of the admission categories are ranked for competitiveness and forwarded to the Admissions committee for review and decision throughout the cycle.  Beginning in January and running through until late August, decisions regarding admission will be communicated to applicants by email and letter. Please be sure to keep OLSAS updated through the cycle with your current mailing address and current email address.

When will I know if I have been awarded an entrance scholarship?

Most admission scholarships are awarded during the first round with the offer of admission.  However, some admission scholarships will be awarded later in the admissions cycle as more funds become available in May.

What financial assistance is available to me? What are the costs of attendance?

It is recommended that you apply for the Queen’s Law Admissions Bursary.  Full information on the costs of attendance, and about merit-based and needs-based assistance can be seen on the University Registrars' Student Awards Website. Tuition is posted on the website of the University Registrar.