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Queen's University

Combined MA (Economics)/JD Program

Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law and Department of Economics have partnered to offer a combined program that allows students to obtain both a Master of Arts in Economics and the Juris Doctor (JD) in three years. The program provides highly focused interdisciplinary training for students interested in the many areas where law and economic analysis intersect, for example international trade law and policy, corporate law and policy, competition law and policy, environmental and resource management and tax law and policy. Combined MA (Econ)/JD students will receive excellent training and gain a strong comparative advantage to pursue careers in specialized legal work that requires knowledge of economic theory and social science methods, high-level policy work and academia.

Students will follow the general requirements for a standard MA in Economics under the coursework and MA essay option (see Program Pattern II in the School of Graduate Studies and Research Calendar at Students will receive credit for specified law courses which will serve as two of the required seven courses for the MA degree. Students will also receive upper-year credit in the JD program for the equivalent of one term's enrollment (15 credits). This credit will be restricted to courses selected from those within approved Economics Department offerings. Students must complete a minimum of 45 additional upper-year credits within Queen's Faculty of Law, which may include courses offered at the Queen's International Study Centre in the Global Law Spring Programs.

Program Requirements and Structure

  1. In the first year, students register full-time in the School of Graduate Studies and complete the following courses:
    a  The three economics courses ECON-810 Microeconomic Theory, ECON-852 Quantitative Methods and ECON-848 Economic Analysis of Law.
    b Any two other graduate economics courses with a sufficient connection to law, subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator (Economics) in consultation with the Combined Program Director (Law). The following courses are illustrative of courses that would satisfy the requirement: ECON-825 International Trade; ECON-835 Development Economics; ECON-837/437 Cost-Benefit Analysis; ECON-840 Public Economics I; ECON-841 Public Economics II; ECON-845 Industrial Organization I; ECON-846 Industrial Organization II; ECON-870 Finance Theory; ECON-890 Natural Resource Economics; and ECON-891 Environmental Economics.
    c The four law courses LAW-140/141/142/143 Public Law, LAW-150/151/152/153 Constitutional Law, LAW-160/161/162/163/164AB Contracts and LAW-115/116/117AB  Introduction to Legal Research.

  2. In the spring/summer term of the first year, students will complete the MA Essay requirement. Students may also elect to take some of their economics courses during the spring term. It may be possible for students to arrange their courses and to seek permission from the Academic Directors of both programs to enable registration in a Global Law Program at the Bader International Centre in May and June. See

  3. In the second year of the program, students register full-time in the Faculty of Law, taking a full course load of between 14 and 17 credits per term. Students must complete the remaining courses from the required first-year law curriculum as follows:  LAW-180/181/182AB Property Law; LAW-190/191/192/193/194AB  Tort Law; and LAW-170/171/172AB Criminal Law.

  4. In the third year, students must register full-time in the Faculty of Law. Students must ensure that they complete the following additional degree requirements for the combined program and the JD degree during the second and third years:
    a  Two upper-year law courses with a substantial connection to law and economics. Given changes in course offerings from year to year, the list of approved courses is to be determined annually by the Combined Program Director (Law) in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator (Econ). The following list is illustrative of some three-credit courses that would satisfy the requirement, based on course offerings for 2010-11:  LAW-454 International Economic Law; LAW-511 Corporate Taxation; LAW-512 Corporate Finance; LAW-608 Advanced Corporate Law; LAW-448 Securities Regulation; LAW-441 Commercial Law; LAW-560 Labour Law and LAW-517 Environmental Protection Law. Note that this list is illustrative only. Students who wish to pursue specialization in other areas within the law and economics tradition in areas such as criminal law and family law could also be easily accommodated within existing law course offerings.
    b The following JD degree requirements:  Mandatory Course Requirement (LAW-225 Civil Procedure); Advocacy Requirement; Practice Skills Requirement; and Substantial Term Paper Requirement.

    Note: Effective 2013-2014 Law-440/442 Business Associations and Law-225/226 become mandatory second-year JD courses. Furthermore, Law-334 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility will be become a mandatory upper-year course.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Students in the combined MA (Econ)-JD program pay tuition as graduate students in their first year and as JD students in the second and third years of the program. Students in the combined program are eligible, according to their registration status, for the financial support and funding available to students in the MA and JD programs respectively.

For further financial information, see:


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the JD degree and the MA (Economics) programs. Selection for admission to the combined program is not guaranteed to applicants who meet only the minimum criteria for admission. A maximum of five students per year will be admitted to the program.

Separate simultaneous applications to both the Faculty of Law (through OLSAS by November 1) and Graduate Studies (by January 15) are required. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for the combined program in their MA application. Late applications may still be considered, but early applications are encouraged. See

The minimum requirements for admission to the combined program are:

  1. Completion of an Honours BA in Economics or a related field (e.g. Math, Physics, Finance). Most students admitted to the MA will have a B+ average as a minimum. Most successful JD applicants will generally have at least a B+ average cumulatively and A- average in the final two years of their undergraduate program.
  2. LSAT score ≥160 (80th percentile).
  3. Applicants whose previous degree is not from a Canadian or U.S. university are required to submit the results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. If applicable, an acceptable score on an approved English facility test is also required (TOEFL).
  5. Two academic references are required to support the application for the graduate degree.

Further Application Information:


Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator:
Professor Sumon Majumdar (fall 2013) and Professor Bev Lapham (winter 2014)
Contact Email:
Telephone: Phone: (613) 533-2256

Graduate Assistant: Amanda Munro
Dunning 209, Department of Economics
Phone: (613) 533-2259|
Email: (Department Page) (Program Gateway) (Applications)

Faculty of Law
128 Union Street
Macdonald Hall, Queen's Univercity
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613)533-2220
Fax: (613)533-6509
Combined Program Director:  Professor Cherie Metcalf
Contact Email:

JD Admissions: Jane Emrich (Assistant Dean of Students)
Contact Email:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000