Notice: The Admissions office will be closed for the holiday season (December 14, 2020, to January 4, 2021). We will be screening for urgent inquiries only during this period and will not be responding to general email inquiries. If your query's answer is not deemed urgent or listed in the Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) below, we will respond when the office reopens in January.
I am now writing the LSAT in January/February; how do I inform the admissions committee?
If you have linked your LSAC number at OLSAS, we will automatically be updated with any future registrations for the LSAT. We will wait to review an application until there is a competitive score on file. We guarantee consideration up to the February LSAT.
How do you treat multiple LSAT scores?
The Admissions Committee will rely on the highest score achieved at the time of the admission decision.
Where can I find out about the status of my application?
You can review your status on Solus. Until a final decision is made, your application status will remain as "pending."
When can I expect to receive a decision?
Our decisions will go out in waves, the bulk of which will happen in January and February. Because applicants can hold on to all of their offers until April 1, we deliver some offers in the spring. We typically fill the last of our seats in June and will strike a waitlist then. All applicants still in consideration will be notified of a final decision or waitlist offer by July 3, 2021.
How do I apply for scholarships/financial assistance?
All offerees to the J.D. program are automatically considered for our merit-based entrance scholarships. If a scholarship is awarded to you, a notification typically occurs within a week of your offer. Scholarships are merit-based, and we use CGPA to determine the recipients. We will redistribute scholarships to the next most meritorious offerees if an offeree declines or cancels their offer or award to Queen's Law.
Faculty of Law Admission Bursaries (needs-based) require a separate application and are administered by the University's central Student Awards office. Please review the information on the Student Awards website: https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/law-bursary
I am missing or waiting on supporting documents (transcripts, reference letters, or other additional documents) for my application. Will this affect my application negatively?
While the application deadline is November 1, Queen's Law will accept supporting documentation after the deadline. We do not have a specific deadline date for supporting documentation, but we cannot assess your file until it is complete. The onus is on the applicant to make sure we can review their file before we fill our class.
How does Queen's Law calculate Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)?
Queen's Law looks at your best two years. We define a "best year" as your highest scoring Fall & Winter terms completed at a full load. Queen's Law considers an average of 4/5 classes per term over the fall and winter terms to be a full load, allowing you to have 3 in one term and 5 in the other and still meet the average of 4. We will use your two best years to calculate your competitive G.P.A. Summer terms and those done on an exchange are not factored into this average. If you do not have two years that qualify and we cannot calculate a top 2-year G.P.A. for you, we will rely on your Cumulative G.P.A. (CGPA) for decisions. CGPA factors an applicant's entire undergraduate-level course history.
What scores are considered competitive at Queen's Law?
For the General Category, competitive applicants should have at least an "A-" average (GPA 3.7) in their best two years of undergraduate study and have an LSAT score of at least 157.
For the Access Category, competitive applicants should have at least a "B+" average (GPA 3.3) in their best two years of undergraduate study and have an LSAT score of at least 154.
We have a holistic approach to our consideration and G.P.A. and LSAT or only two parts of your application. We are looking for well-rounded applicants and, while a relatively high score in one area of your application can make up for a slightly lower score in another, it will not make up for a low score in any area. Due to the competitive nature of our program, Applicants should avoid gaps in their application. Applicants need to have strong LSATs, G.P.A.s, excellent writing, strong references, and committed extra-curricular involvement or professional experience.
Please review our class profile page here: https://law.queensu.ca/programs/jd/class-stats