Queen’s University and the Faculty of Law are committed to the goal of ensuring a legal education remains financially affordable to qualified students. Each year approximately $4.8 million in total financial assistance is granted to Queen’s Law students. Queen's Student Awards Site for Faculty of Law Students
2018-19 Tuition Fees & Ancillary Fees
New Incoming Domestic Students
|Ancillary Fees (Student Activity Fee, Student Assistance Levy)||$1,271.82|
Please note that to some extent, the amount it costs to attend Queen’s will depend on the choices you make. Visit the Student Awards Website for the living costs you might incur for the academic year from September through April. The ranges provided under living expenses reflect personal lifestyle decisions.
Financial assistance programs and services available to Queen’s students are administered by the Queen’s Student Awards Office. These programs and services include merit-based scholarships and awards and need-based financial assistance.
Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
Queen’s University attracts the best law students through a multitude of merit-based prizes, awards and scholarships established through the generosity of our alumni and donors. A list of all admissions and general scholarships, awards and prizes for which law students are eligible can be found on the Student Awards website.
Admission Scholarships – No Application Required
During each admission cycle, Queen’s Law awards the following admission scholarships on the basis of academic merit to students entering first year of the JD program.
All eligible applicants are considered automatically for seven awards:
- Alberta Scholar at Queen’s Law Scholarship
- Beresford-Knox Scholarship in Law
- Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Scholarships
- William M. Bone Entrance Scholarship
- Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Scholarship
- David Mullan Entrance Scholarships
- Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Scholarships
- University Entrance Scholarships in Law
For more information, see the Student Awards website.
Entrance scholarships funded by organizations external to Queen’s University include Aird Scholarships, Department of Justice Canada Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students, Law Foundation of Newfoundland Scholarships, and The Law Society of Prince Edward Island Scholarship. Please see the external awards found on the Student Awards website.
Bursaries are non-repayable grants. Unlike scholarships, which are based solely on academic excellence, financial need is the primary consideration in the selection of bursary recipients. Assessment of eligibility for Faculty of Law Admission Bursaries is independent of your assessment for admission to the Faculty of Law.
To be eligible for a Faculty of Law Admission Bursary, a student must
- be entering full-time studies in the first year of the JD degree program in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s in September,
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
- be accessing government student assistance for the first year of studies in the Faculty of Law, and
- have government student financial debt in their prior post-secondary program.
Demonstrated financial need is based on, but not restricted to, the following factors:
- student and family income (if applicable),
- number of dependants in the family (if applicable),
- applicant’s assets, including savings,
- the full cost of the program of studies,
- books and supplies,
- basic living expenses.
Emphasis is placed on assisting students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student assistance. Therefore, it is expected that students who have accumulated government student financial debt from their prior post-secondary studies may have fewer options available to them. Students who have either not received government student assistance or qualified for only a small amount of government assistance likely have other options available to them and may not be considered for bursary assistance in the first year of their JD program.
Queen’s General Bursaries are available for eligible students throughout their degree program. Queen’s Law students are eligible to apply for the Queen’s General Bursary. Law students will be assessed for the Faculty of Law Student Bursaries by submitting a Queen’s General Bursary application. The application is available each year in early September through the SOLUS Student Center. The deadline to submit an application is October 31.
As part of the consideration for a General Bursary there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student assistance. Students who have either not received government student assistance or qualified for only a small amount of government assistance likely have other options available to them and may not be considered for bursary assistance.
Government Student Loans
The federal and provincial/territorial government student financial assistance programs are needs-based programs (including loans, and non-repayable grants) available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons. Once students have been out of high school for more than four years, most federal and provincial/territorial student financial assistance programs consider them to be independent applicants.
Earn While You Learn – Part-time Work Opportunities
Working part-time is an excellent opportunity to contribute to a financial plan, gain valuable work experience, learn to manage your time, expand your social network, and get involved!
- Students with demonstrated financial need will receive priority for certain part-time jobs available on campus.
- Earn up to a maximum of $2,000 over the fall/winter term.
Queen’s Law Employment Opportunities
The Faculty of Law provides opportunities for academically strong upper-year law students to work as research assistants for professors. Additionally, students may be selected to work as tutors in the Academic Assistance Program and others are selected to work in Queen’s Legal Aid or for the Correctional Law Project during the summer months.
Student Lines of Credit
It is not uncommon for students to access resources through a Student Line of Credit in addition to the funds they receive through the government assistance program. Law students are encouraged to explore personal line of credit programs tailored to professional degree programs offered by some banks, such as the Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank.
These loans do not require a demonstration of financial need and provide special terms to assist the financing of studies in a professional degree program.
Representatives of the Royal Bank of Canada and of Scotiabank have offered to provide advice and service at the downtown Kingston branches.
RBC Royal Bank
65 Princess St. Kingston, Ontario
Representative: Suzanne Heyes
Information on Professional Student Lines of Credit from RBC (doc, 284KB)
tel: 613-545-5755 fax: 613-549-4654
143-145 Princess Street. Kingston, Ontario
Representative: Nicholas Senn, Small Business Advisor tel 613-530-2001 Ext. 4300 Fax:613-530-3642
Information on Professional Student Line of Credit from Scotiabank (pdf, 304KB)