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Eligibility to Apply

Students registered in a J.D. or LL.B. program at an accredited Canadian or American university are eligible to apply.

International law students fluent in English at universities which are in an exchange partnership with Queen's University are also eligible.  International students may be required to provide proof of fluency in English and/or other documentation.

Application Procedures

The 2021 programs will be offered at the castle if possible, but online if necessary. Please complete the application form, indicating whether you are applying for only one program or either. 

You are encouraged to apply early as places are limited. The deadline for priority admission for Queen's and up to 10 Schulich School of Law students is December 1st, 2020.

If there are more applications from Queen's and Schulich students than places in either of the programs by the deadline, a lottery will be held. Students who are not accepted through such a lottery will be placed on a waiting list.

Applications from students from other universities, and applications from Queen's and Schulich students received after the deadline, will be considered in the order received, provided space remains.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the end of March 2021. 

All students in receipt of a government student loan can apply for a needs-based BISC Bursary. Queen's Law students can also apply for a merit-based Global Law Scholarship. 

Students should receive responses to their admission application and any bursary and/or scholarship application at about the same time.

Application Documentation

All applicants must complete the online application form (linked above) and submit by email the additional documents indicated below.

Queen's Law Students

If you wish to be considered for a Global Law scholarship, please also send a personal statement by email to at the same time as you submit your application to the program. Your personal statement should explain how your application meets the scholarship criteria of academic excellence and demonstrated interest and/or experience in international law. The statement should be a maximum of 500 words.

Law Students at Other Universities

Check whether some or all of the courses in the selected program can be recognized for transfer credit. Submit a Letter of Permission from your home university to when you apply or as soon as possible. (We understand that universities may not be able to issue a Letter of Permission until a decision is made about whether travel to the BISC will be possible.)

If you have completed any law school courses when you apply, please also submit a law transcript by email.

Course Selection

Select the International Business Law Program or the Public International Law Program, indicating a second choice if applicable. Due to conflicts in field trips and class times, students are not able to take a combination of courses from different programs.

BISC and/or Online Program

For 2021, indicate whether you are applying for the program at the BISC, online, or either.  Remember that if we are able to offer the programs at the BISC, the online programs will not be offered.


Questions? Please contact the International Law Programs team.

Academic Director, Nicolas Lamp

Associate Academic Director, Ardi Imseis

Program Director, Gillian Ready