Why Choose Queen's Law?
Queen’s is the only university in Canada with its own study-abroad facility, the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. Each May and June we offer the International Law Programs with a range of courses in International Business Law and Public International Law. These programs include study trips to international law organizations throughout Europe.
We also offer students a wide variety of international exchange opportunities with leading law schools in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. More opportunities to study and work abroad are offered through university-wide exchange programs, international internships and international letter of permission arrangements.
Our visitors’ program presents a diverse range of international scholars, and our curriculum encompasses a strong focus on global perspectives in the study of law.
Queen’s Law offers more than 50% of our students a study-abroad opportunity, a far higher rate, we believe, than that of any other Canadian law school.
We offer five outstanding combined degree programs:
- Master of Public Administration/JD
- Master of Industrial Relations/JD
- Master of Arts (Economics)/JD
- Common Law/Civil Law
- The Queen's Law Clinics, comprising our Queen's Legal Aid and Business, Elder, Family and Prison Law Clinics, provide students with the opportunity to contribute to a full-service pro bono law firm located in the heart of Kingston.
- Pro Bono Students Canada (volunteer)
- Federal Government Internships (for academic credit)
- Clinical Externships (for academic credit)
- 17 Mooting and Advocacy Competitions
In addition to our clinical programs and extensive moot program, we offer a variety of skills-based courses to provide upper-year students with an ample opportunity to develop practice and advocacy skills.
Queen’s students can spend their summer after first year in programs that shape not only their education, but future career:
- International Law Programs at Herstmonceux Castle (Bader International Study Centre, or BISC): only Queen’s gives first-year students the opportunity to study international law in Europe in their first summer, gaining experience essential for future practice or even a career beyond traditional law firms. Find out more at our page on the BISC.
- Working with the Queen’s School of Business, first-year students can spend the summer before or after first-year J.D. studies pursuing the Graduate Diploma in Business, a core set of courses covering the essentials of business. Completion of this diploma earns six cross-credits to the JD and may ladder into a full MBA for law students looking to efficiently work towards this combined degree.
During crucial second-year placement interviews, why not offer the best “what I did last summer” story a recruiter will hear all season? Queen’s also offers summer employment opportunities in research and at the Queen’s Law Clinics.