Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Queen’s Law has a longstanding commitment to an inclusive and accessible legal education. We believe that the legal profession must always strive to reflect the diversity of the Canadian society it serves.

Queen’s Law was one of the first law schools in Canada to create a specialized admissions Access Category, in 1974. This was followed by the introduction of an Aboriginal Category in 1978 (for further information, see our page on Aboriginal initiatives). Our goal has always been to broaden and diversify the range of students admitted to Queen’s, with a particular focus on underrepresented and equity-seeking groups. In 1992, we opened an Equity Office to provide supportive counselling and programming for law students, especially students from marginalized, disadvantaged or equity-seeking groups.

Our students, faculty and alumni come from all backgrounds and walks of life. This is reflected in the recent demographic survey of our incoming 2019 class (79.3% response rate). More statistics on the Class of 2019, such as their LSAT scores, undergraduate averages, and more, can be found at our Statistics page. 

Racial/Ethnic identity

About 1/3 of our first-year students identify as a member of a racialized group
Students identifying as racialized come from a broad array of backgrounds.


Over 16% of students born outside Canada

Almost twenty percent of the class of '19 was born outside Canada.

Over 48% of students with a parent born outside Canada

About half of our students had at least one parent born outside Canada.

First to attend university and/or law school

The vast majority of our students are the first in their family to attend law school.

Language at home

A quarter of our Class of '19 speaks a language other than English or French at home.

Students with disabilities

More of our Class of '19 self-identifies as having a disability than the Canadian average.


Gender and sexual preference

Queen's Law students are almost evenly split male and female, and represent an array of sexual preferences.

If you have any questions about diversity, equity, or how our Equity Office works to support students from all backgrounds at Queen’s Law, please feel free to contact Education & Equity Services