Queen's Law students can study for a term at another university with which the Faculty has an exchange agreement and gain full academic credit towards their JD. Students pay tuition at the domestic rate to Queen's University for the term they spend abroad. Students usually apply in their second year for an exchange in the fall term of their third year.

Course Loads and Transfer Credits

Queen's students on exchange must take a full course load at the host university. Fifteen upper-year course credits are transferred to the student's JD degree upon production of an official transcript from the host university demonstrating that the courses have been successfully completed. Regardless of the course load taken, students may not transfer more than 15 credits. 

Information Session

Join us on November 18, 2019, at 1:00 pm for an information session in Macdonald Hall 202.

Eligibility

Students in their second year are invited to apply for a one-semester exchange at one the Queen’s Law partner universities. 

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. Some universities require a higher GPA for eligibility, please consult the university Fact Sheets for university specific eligibility requirements.

A note that there is a 2 year residency requirement at Queen's Law for students to obtain their degree. For transfer students this may pose an issue with their ability to participate in the exchange program.

Application Procedures

2020-21 Exchange Application Form. The application form will open on November 18, 2019.

The deadline to apply is January 10, 2020 at 12:59 pm EST.

As part of the application, students are asked to: 

Select three partner universities, indicating a first, second, and third choice.

Submit a résume

Submit a Personal Statement  (maximum 2 pages) explaining:

  • the reasons for your interest in the exchange, including any contributions the exchange will make to your future academic or employment plans
  • any previous experience with international study or internships
  • the extent of your involvement in the law school and/or another community
  • your financial ability to spend a term at the host university (many institutions require evidence of financial ability)
  • any other reasons for wanting to go on exchange to the partner universities indicated, including personal and/or family reasons, language facility etc.

Selection Process

The number of exchanges at each partner university is limited. Exchanges are allocated based on factors including: 

  • Academic standing (transcript, awards)
  • Academic appropriateness of exchange in light of current and undergraduate studies, future academic and career plans, previous international study, etc. 
  • Good character and ability to represent Queen’s Law (personal statement, contributions to law school community)
  • Personal / family reasons for exchange, language facility, etc.

Students will be notified in February of the outcome of their application.

On the application form, students have the option of indicating if they would like to be considered for a waitlist for the partner universities they have already selected. If a student isn't successful with their first or second choice, and if space becomes available after the first round of offers, a second round of offers will be submitted shortly after the acceptance deadline. After the second round of offers, no additional changes to partner universities will be permitted. 

Financial Assistance

Recognizing the value of a study abroad experience, Queen's has established a number of bursaries to assist students with a financial need who would like to participate in a Queen's Formal Exchange. These are administered through Queen’s Student Awards Office. Learn more about requirements and assessments on their webpage.

Bursary applications are available online or from the Queen's Admissions Office. Law students should complete the application for Exchange Study Bursary. For questions about bursaries please contact Queen's Student Awards Office at bursary@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2216. Students are encouraged to submit a bursary application when they apply for an exchange. The deadline for applications is January 15.