Queen's Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law


The LLM and PhD programs in Law at Queen's are limited to a small number of highly qualified students. Admissions decisions are made by the Faculty of Law and the School of Graduate Studies.

Application Requirements

LLM; LLM with a Specialization in Political and Legal Thought; and PhD applications: February 15
LLM Global Law Program applications: November 15

International applicants are advised to apply well in advance because immigration procedures may be lengthy. Visit the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to see how Queen’s helps international students.

Minimum Admission requirements
LLM; LLM with a Specialization in Political and Legal Thought: JD/LLB with a B+ average normally required.
PhD: LLM with an A- average in prior degrees normally required.

Applicants are not required to identify a supervisor prior to applying for admission. Normally, supervisors are assigned when we admit applicants to our Programs. However, our application form allows applicants to suggest potential supervisors. See Supervisory and Research Interests of our faculty. If there is someone you are interested in working with, please add that professor’s name to the application form.

Contents of Application package

A complete application (LLM and PhD programs) consists of the following:

  1. On-line application (currently $105 fee)
  2. Two Recommendations (electronic or paper) from professors who taught you at law school.
    PhD applicants: one of your referees should be your LLM supervisor.
    Electronic recommendations When you include the email addresses of your referees on the application form, submit your application, and pay the application fee your referees will receive an automatic email inviting them to go online and complete the reference form.
    Paper recommendations If your referee prefers to submit a hard copy reference, you may print the form from the application portal, send it to your referee and have him/her mail the recommendation form to the School of Graduate Studies. It must be in a sealed, signed envelope.
  3. Transcripts (2 paper copies of official transcripts from each university attended).
    Transcripts are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. They must be in a sealed, signed envelope. Graduates or current students of Queen’s University do not need to submit official transcripts. Queen’s transcripts will be printed from the internal system.
    Transcripts from universities other than Queen's cannot be photocopied; scanned; or printed from a university website. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
    Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
    Transcripts submitted become the property of Queen’s University and will not be returned. They are subject to verification and are not available for copying.
  4. Curriculum Vitae/Resume (electronic)
  5. Statement of Objectives (electronic)
    The statement of your career objectives should provide reasons for wanting to pursue graduate studies in law at Queen’s University. Please be sure your name and “Statement of Objectives” appear on the document.
  6. Research Proposal (electronic)
    We need to ascertain your understanding of the topic and research plans, and our resources in terms of supervisor, classes and library holdings. Maximum length should be 500 words for LLM applicants, and 1000 words for PhD applicants. Please be sure your name and “Research Proposal” appear on the document.
  7. Writing samples (electronic)
    One or two legal writing samples that demonstrate your research and writing abilities. Writing samples should be 5–10 pages long, be written originally in English and written while you were a student in law school or in a graduate program. PhD candidates: one writing sample should be a chapter of your LLM thesis.
  8. English-Language Proficiency (paper)
    If English is not your first language, one of the following will be required:
    • Proof of studies lasting at least one full year at an English-language institution and terminating not more than 12 months ago, reviewed and approved by the Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies
    • TOEFL iBT with minimum scores of: Writing 25, Speaking 25, Reading 25 and Listening 25
    • TOEFL Paper-Based and Computer-Based, with a score of at least 600
    • MELAB, with a score of at least 80
    • IELTS, with a score of at least 7 on the academic module
    • PTE Academic, with an overall minimum score of 65
    • If you have received a grade of A- (A minus) in ESLA 140 or ESLA 150 in the Queen’s English for Academic Purposes program, you may not require another test score.

All (electronic) documents may be e-mailed as a Word document or scanned to the Graduate Assistant at lawgrad@queensu.ca.
All (paper) copies of documents are to be mailed to Admissions Assistant, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON,  K7L 3N6, Canada.


See the Office of University Registrar (OUR) website for information on the following:

Tuition Fees. Graduate student information can be found under the ‘Graduate and Professional Programs Fee Schedule’ bar
Payment Methods. It is recommended that students pay their tuition by the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PPL)
Dates and Deadlines for tuition payments.

Ready to Apply?

First: Online Application Portal - Complete the application form, submit, and pay the application fee.

Second: E-mail your Curriculum Vitae/Resume, Statement of Objectives, Research Proposal, and Writing Sample(s) to lawgrad@queensu.ca

Third: Mail your transcripts and other paper documents (printed recommendations, English-language proficiency scores) to: Admissions Assistant, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6, Canada

Received an Offer?

If you RECEIVE an offer:

See the School of Graduate Studies website for information on:
• For New students: Your offer from Queen’s
• For all students: Tuition and other Fee Payments
• Registering for Courses
• Accommodating Students with Disabilities
• Changing your status – SGS Regulations
• Complete the training in research ethics – CORE (if applicable)

Living in Kingston

See the Office of University Registrar (OUR) for information on Estimated Living and Educational Expenses.

Graduate students must find their own accommodation. There are several online services that are helpful when you are looking for housing in Kingston.  

• Graduate student residences are: Harkness International Hall and Jean Royce Hall
Queen’s Community Housing has information on a Queen’s-owned building complex (An Clachan) and apartment building (John Orr Tower) that are geared to graduate students. 
• The Kingston Whig-Standard’s classified ads are also a good source for listings.
• The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Housing Listing Service and the Division of Student Affairs both provide resource information.

For information on your rights and obligations as a renter in Ontario, please visit the Landlord and Tenant Board's website.

The Division of Student Affairs website includes a section on student safety and security. Included is information, resources, and tips on how to keep safe while on and off campus. 

Kingston Guide
Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) provides a detailed on finding resources in Kingston so that you and your family will be well informed before arrival and can make the most of your stay here. This resource offers valuable information for both international and domestic students.

Some information contained in the guide that you may find useful:

• Banking (how to set up an account)
• Crisis, Counselling, and Support
• Recreation (on and off campus)
• Shopping (groceries, clothing, household items, etc)
• Transportation (Kingston (buses, taxi) and beyond (via rail))
• Kingston Map with locations of interest