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.

2017-18 Course Information

Below are links to upper year course information for the 2017-18 school year.  Course registration material has been revised to make it more user friendly.  Excel versions are provided should you wish to create your own course schedule spreadsheet.  In addition, a new course spreadsheet has also been developed that consolidates information for each course indicating not only scheduled times but format, credit weight, pre and co-requisites, methods of evaluation, if the course is mandatory and if it satisfies the practice skills, advocacy or substantial term paper requirement for graduation.  Course descriptions have been improved with a table of contents so you can quickly search by course to find the corresponding description. Courses are grouped by the same overarching topic areas used in the new spreadsheet and have the same indicators for pre and co-requisites and graduation requirements.