This FAQ provides specific details for the Faculty of Law following the University’s updates on COVID-19, and will update periodically as new information becomes available. Please refer to the Queen’s University COVID-19 information site for details on the University’s management of this issue.

This page was last updated on April 15, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Please note that this page is no longer being actively maintained. Current information on return to campus and planning for the Fall 2020 semester can be found on our Fall 2020 FAQ.

Are JD classes affected by the University’s cancellation of undergraduate classes?

In accordance with the Principal’s announcement on March 13, 2020, we are cancelling in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Faculty are equipped and supported to deliver material online for the rest of our Winter Term.

All in-person non-class teaching/assessment activities are cancelled.

Are graduate classes affected? 

LAW 881 will not be held in-person for the rest of the semester. Other graduate classes are combined with JD classes; please see above for JD program information. All in-person non-class teaching/assessment activities are now cancelled, including one-on-one and small group meetings.

What about other elements of the JD program, such as exams, marks, etc.?

There will be no in-person exams at the end of the term. Information on exam processes and grading was circulated to students on March 23 via email. An exception is graduate student dissertation examinations, which may still take place in person, subject to special measures that will be circulated.

We will be maintaining an up to date FAQ for JD students at the Queen's Law wiki with details specifically for law students. Queen's Law community members can log into the wiki using their Queen's NetID and password.

Is Convocation cancelled?

Convocation ceremonies have been cancelled. Degrees and diplomas will still be conferred, but not in person.

Will the Queen's Law Clinics be affected?

Supervising Lawyers and Clinics staff are working to move to systems to manage the situation without violating requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct and will be in touch with students and stakeholders directly via email with detailed instructions. In general:

-    The Clinics are closed to the public and are not taking new cases until further notice; public legal education sessions are suspended.
-    Existing clients will be assisted using telephone, email and mail.
-    Student casework will continue and standard end of semester deadlines (April 3) continue to apply.
-    Students should not attend the Queen’s Law Clinics without previously consulting with and receiving permission from their Supervising Lawyer.
-    You can reach the QLC by calling 613 533 2101 or e-mailing qlcadmin@queensu.ca

Is the Career Development Office affected?

The CDO physical space will not be available for in-person appointments. Students looking to schedule individual counselling appointments can be met over the phone, or via Skype/Zoom Meeting. When students book an appointment through CSM, they may select what type of appointment they would prefer. If booking a phone/video appointment, please include the best contact method (phone number/Skype name) in the ‘notes’ of the counselling appointment booking. The CDO team welcomes any questions via email.

Should  students have any questions about this or any other CDO services, please email the Director at jbanting@queensu.ca.

How are JD applications affected?

JD program applications are, broadly speaking, on track. More details for first-year, upper-year and future applicants can be found at our COVID-19 Admissions Page.

Are online programs like the Certificate in Law and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Services Management affected?

Neither are affected and both programs will run this summer as scheduled.

Are alumni events cancelled?

Alumni events through May have been cancelled. Please see the Queen’s University Alumni site for details.

Is Homecoming 2020 cancelled?

At present there are no plans to alter Homecoming, scheduled for October 2020. Please see the Queen's Homecoming site for up to the minute details on Homecoming.

Will there still be a spring/summer program at the Bader International Study Centre (the "Castle")?

The BISC spring/summer program is being offered online in 2020. Details have been circulated by Dean Walters to all students via listserv, and are also available on the Queen's Law wiki (login required).

Is the library closed?

Queen's libraries closed their doors at 6 p.m. on March 18. Details here: https://www.queensu.ca/provost/statements/update-university-library-operations-covid-19

Is the law building closed?

Yes. Per provincial mandate, the law building is closed until further notice. Please contact Student Services for any issues such as retrieving material from lockers, fob return, etc.

Are Law Students’ Society and club events cancelled?

Per the LSS Executive:

The LSS Executive have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interests of the student body that all LSS club and committee events are cancelled. Students intending on attending the 3L Grad Formal will receive updates from the organizers as they are made available. If a student has purchased a ticket to any LSS club or committee event outside of Grad Formal, please contact the relevant organizers to discuss reimbursement.

Will staff be asked to work from home?

Staff are almost entirely working from home, except in cases where operational necessity demands they visit the building, and then according to the above COVID-19 prevention recommendations.