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Why Choose Queen's Law?

Canada's Global Law School

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 Global 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.

A Leader in Interdisciplinary Studies

We offer five outstanding combined degree programs:

  • Master of Public Administration/JD
  • Master of Industrial Relations/JD
  • Master of Arts (Economics)/JD
  • JD/MBA  
  • Common Law/Civil Law

 

A Leader in Clinical Education and Experiential Learning
  • 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.

Unique summer programs

Queen’s students can spend their summer after first year in programs that shape not only their education, but future career:

  1. Global 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.
  2. 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.

Legendary Community Spirit
Among the 10 Canadian law schools that participated in the 2013 Law School Survey of Student Engagement, Queen’s earned an “A+”, with 95% of our students rating their educational experience at Queen’s Law as “good” or “excellent” as compared to an average of 80% at the other Canadian schools.
A Leader in Placement Rates
Placement rates for our graduates continue to be among the very best of any Canadian law school. Between 75-80 percent of our students typically secure an articling position by the time they enter third year, and virtually all of our students find articling positions by the time of their graduation or shortly thereafter.

 

A Leader in Financial Support
Queen’s University is committed to the goal of ensuring a legal education remains financially affordable to qualified students. Each year approximately $4.8 million in total financial assistance is granted to our students.