Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Incoming Exchange Students

Queen's Faculty of Law is renowned for its special combination of academic excellence and community spirit, placing it within the first rank of Canadian law schools. Queen's offers students a friendly, collegial university experience in the dynamic small city of Kingston, Ontario.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Faculty.

Queen's Faculty of Law Information Sheet for Exchange Partners

Orientation and Special Events

Special orientation and welcoming events are planned for incoming Queen's Law exchange students in each term.  Some orientation is provided through Queen's International Centre (QUIC) and the Faculty of Law also organizes an Orientation Schedule with the Law Students' Society Orientation Committee in the fall term.  Exchange students arriving for the fall term are encouraged to attend these events.

The Faculty of Law also holds a reception each term at which you will meet other new upper-year law students and current law students in the fall and winter terms.  In partnership with the Office of the Vice-Principal International, the Faculty of Law has been offering sponsored tickets to an event each term at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts for interested exchange students and their law school buddies.

We recommend that you seek a match with a Queen's law tutor in our Academic Assistance Program through Helen Connop (helen.connop@queensu.ca, tel. ext. 78147).  She will also assist you to arrange language-based accommodation for your examinations.

Students are encouraged to contact the QUIC before arriving in Kingston, and to visit it soon after arrival. The International Centre welcomes and assists all international students studying at Queen's, and many useful programs and services are available.

Accommodation

Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation, although the Faculty and University will assist them as much as possible. It may be possible to arrange to live in a University residence. If not, there is furnished private accommodation available, often within walking distance of the law school.

It is not usually possible to move into accommodation before September 1st (or January 1st, if you are arriving for the winter term), so students should time their arrival accordingly. 

The International Housing Office in the International Centre provides a centralized housing service for all international students, visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows. The office provides assistance with temporary and short-term housing options.

If you are interested in living with law students, you can send your details to Assistant Dean Jane Emrich.  She will circulate your information to students who may have a furnished room available in their house or apartment.  For example, it is sometimes possible to sub-let the room of a Queen's Law student who will be away on exchange while you are in Kingston.  You should also let your student ‘buddy’ know if you are still looking for a place to live.

Note that furnished housing is in increasingly short supply for the fall term, when most of the university’s exchange students visit.  A number of visiting students are unable to secure accommodation before their arrival, so you may need to take advantage of the very short-term options listed on the website – which may just be staying on a student’s sofa for a few days while you sort out housing after your arrival.

Looking for housing in Kingston can take a bit of patience, and also a bit of caution.  Be especially careful  about listings on non-university sites, as some of these are literally too good to be true.  Please check with Gillian and/or your buddy if you have any doubts at all. In particular, watch out for landlords who won't give details about themselves / operate from a generic email address, etc.  There have been some recent listings with extensive photos and a rent that is very much below market rates – these apartments may not exist at all, and often the posting has been made by someone with no connection to Kingston.  Note the following caution on the university housing website, where some links are given to craigslist, kijiji and facebook:  QUIC does not endorse these resources in any way. Please exercise caution as some advertisements may be fraudulent. Never pay a deposit or wire funds based on an ad, without checking into the person's identity, meeting them in person or contacting them over the phone. Fraudulent ads typically ask for a wire deposit, stating that the owner of the apartment/house is abroad.

If you are considering signing a lease, you should also be careful about the term.  A lot of landlords prefer 12 month leases, and you obviously don't want to end up paying for longer than you will be here.

Please let the housing office, Nancy and/or your buddy know whenever you have questions or concerns.  We are here to help you, and our visitors always do find suitable accommodation – it may just take some time and initiative.  We hope that you will think that spending a term in Kingston is well worth it!

Course Information

J.D. Upper-Year Course Information

The normal course load for Queen's Law students is 14 to 17 credits per term. 

Nancy Somers, the Manager, Curriculum, Registration & Records, will assist you with your course selection.  Every effort will be made to register you in suitable courses, although we cannot make any guarantees because course sizes are limited.

In addition to scheduled courses, it is sometimes possible to do an Independent Study Project with one of our full-time faculty members.

Medical Insurance

In order to register, you must have purchased medical insurance from the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) from the date you arrive in Ontario and for the duration of your study at Queen's. UHIP coverage is obtained through the International Centre.

It is also essential that you purchase travel medical insurance to cover any health emergencies that occur while you are on your way to Ontario.

English Language Requirement

The Faculty requires incoming exchange students whose first language is not English to complete a TOEFL examination. This requirement ensures that students have not only conversational ability in English, but can cope with the extensive technical readings and legal analysis required in the faculty's courses.  The standard required by the Faculty of Law is the same as the standard required by the University's School of Graduate Studies.

Additional Examination Time

Language-based requests for additional examination time must be made to the Academic Standing and Policies Committee as early as possible, with information documenting the merits of the case.

The Academic Standing and Policies committee will seek comments from teaching faculty when students seek additional time in examinations. 

When the Academic Standing and Policies Committee finds that additional time in examinations is appropriate, a student will ordinarily be granted an additional one-half hour of examination time. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-half hour may be granted.

Queen's University International Centre

General information for international students is available through Queen's University International Centre. The Incoming Students and Staff section includes information about everything from Pre-Arrival (applying for Study or Work Permits and planning), to After Queen's (post-graduation employment, further study, etc.)