Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

JD Program

The Faculty of Law at Queen’s University has a distinguished tradition of academic excellence in teaching, scholarship and learning, coupled with a longstanding commitment to community and collegiality. Queen's Law is the school of choice for students seeking a first-class education with an exceptional degree of faculty and student engagement.

First Year

Our compulsory curriculum covers all the fundamental subjects, including instruction in legal research, legal writing and oral advocacy. Students complete courses in:

  • Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Property Law
  • Torts
  • Introduction to Legal Skills

Small Sections

Each first-year student is assigned to a small section led by a full-time professor. Students complete all first-year courses with their small section classmates; one course with just their section, and the other courses with two or three small sections combined. This system creates a supportive, interactive and collegial learning environment.

Introduction to Legal Skills

Law students will be offered a weekly plenary session offered in a group with three other small sections once a week, accompanied by a weekly timetabled tutorial session led by a Legal Skills instructor with their small section. 

The ILS course will offer first year students a comprehensive introduction to Lawyering Skills, including skills they will need as students, such as legal research and writing; and skills they will need as lawyers, such as drafting legal documents, dealing with clients and client files, ethics, and introduction to oral advocacy.  The course is a full year course, and will include large lecture sessions as well as small group work, and experience-based learning.  Students will be asked to complete a series of assignments that will increase in complexity as the year progresses.

Upper Year

To enhance skills and perspectives developed in first-year, Queen’s Law students complete the following upper-year degree requirements:

  • the Civil Procedure course,
  • the Business Associations course,
  • an Advocacy course,
  • a Practice Skills course,
  • a Professional Responsibility course, and
  • a Substantial Term Paper.

Each student’s individual program of study is rounded out with electives chosen from our rich curriculum. Full-time students normally take four or five courses in each of the four upper-year terms to satisfy the required upper-year credit requirement of 59 to 68 credits.


The traditional areas of strength at Queen’s in public law, criminal law, family law, labour law, health law and legal theory are being expanded through growing strength in international law and business law. Challenging courses in legal theory and substantive law are balanced with valuable opportunities for experiential learning and skills development through our superb clinical programs, scholarly law journals, courses in advocacy and practice skills and a rich program in mooting. Our curriculum encourages innovative teaching techniques by offering seminars, lectures, interactive technology and supervised projects to encourage participation, self-directed learning and legal skills development.

2017-18 Course Information



2016-17 Course Information


2015-16 Course Information

Distinguished Visitors

Students also have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of topical issues from national and international experts who visit Queen’s Law to participate in conferences, workshops and lectures organized by: