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Everything you need to know about Queen's Law! If you're considering law school in general or weighing your options, consider Queen's -- and if you don't find the answers you need here, contact us at law.queensu.ca and we'll be happy to help.

Transcript of Queen's Law Viewbook 2016 - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

  • Faculty of Law2016 viEwbook

    ExpEriEntial lEarning intErnational opportunitiEs intErdisciplinary programs

  • wElcomE to quEEns law

    Why do students choose Queens Law? There are asmany answers as there are students and youll get tomeet some of them in this Viewbook and find out whythey value the Queens experience in their own words.

    Part of Queens appeal is our residential setting inKingston. Most of our students live close to campus(usually no more than a 10-minute walk), ensuring that the law school hums with activity from morning to night. This strong sense of community is a signaturefeature of our Faculty, making Queens Law personaland collegial as well as challenging and stimulating.

    We also provide students with a wide range ofinternational and experiential opportunities, includingour unique international law program offered eachsummer at the Bader International Study Centre atHerstmonceux Castle in England. Our students go onexchanges with leading law schools in Europe, Asia, theMiddle East, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.Here in Kingston, the Queens Law Clinics locateddowntown offers five clinical programs, where studentswork under the supervision of experienced legal counsel.Our moot program is one of the largest in the country,and we place students in internships with the federalgovernment and community clinics, as well as variousfunded summer public interest internships.

    Helping you plan for your future is also a major part oflife at Queens Law. Highly praised by our students, theFacultys Career Development Office offers everythingfrom student-alumni mentoring connections to one-on-one career coaching, and with great results. We enjoyone of the best placement rates of any law school inthe country. By the start of third year, over 80% of ourstudents will have already secured an articling position,and virtually all of the remaining students are placed by the time of graduation.

    QueensUniversity is built on 175 years of tradition;were proud to be part of one of Canadas most prestigiousuniversities, and equally proud to help develop the next generation of Canadas finest legal minds in ourclassrooms today.

    Bill FlanaganDean and Professor of Law

    wisdom and knowlEdgEshall bE E ability of y timEs

  • contentsACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 2Curriculum

    JD Program 3First Year 3Upper Year 4Experiential Learning 6Interdisciplinary Opportunities 12

    GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE 16International Opportunities

    Global Law Programs 17Exchange Programs 18Internship Opportunities 18

    ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE 20Outstanding Teachers and Scholars

    INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE 24Financial Planning and Success

    Determine Your Budget 25Research the Options Financial Assistance 26Put it All Together The Financial Plan 29

    SUPPORTING YOUR SUCCESS 30Services and Resources

    Student Support 31Education and Equity Services 31Career Development 32

    SERVICE TO SOCIETY 36Life at Law School, at Queens, and in Kingston

    Law Students Society 37Student Clubs, Organizations and Activities 37Campus Life 40Athletics and Recreation 41Kingston: Part of Your Community 42


    First-Year Admissions 45Upper-Year Admissions 48Combined Degree Admission 49

    contact informationQUEENS FACULTY OF LAWlaw.queensu.ca

    Email questions to jd@queensu.caBook a tour at lawschooltours@queensu.ca

    Admissions StaffAimee Burtch, Recruitment and Admissions Managera.burtch@queensu.ca613-533-6000 ext. 79005

    Jane E. Emrich, Assistant Dean of Studentsjane.emrich@queensu.ca613-533-6000 ext. 74283

    Mailing AddressFaculty of LawMacdonald Hall, Room 200128 Union StreetQueens UniversityKingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6Tel 613-533-2220Fax 613-533-6611Email jd@queensu.ca

    Application for AdmissionOntario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)Ontario Universities Application Centre170 Research LaneGuelph, ON, Canada N1G 5E2Tel 519-823-1063Email olsas@ouac.on.caouac.on.ca/olsas

    Law School Admission Test (LSAT)Law School Admission CouncilBox 2000, 662 Penn StreetNewtown, PA 18940-0998, USATel 215-968-1001Email LSACinfo@LSAC.orgLSAC.org

    CreditsCo-Editor Jane E. Emrich, BA(Hons), JD (Queens), Assistant Dean of StudentsCo-Editor/Coordinator Lisa Graham, BCom(Hons), BA, MPA (Queens), Manager, Records, Registration and CommunicationsDesign Queens University MarketingPhotography Viki Andrevska, Greg Black, Aimee Burtch, Bernard Clark, Suzy Lamont Photography, Grace Latimer, Julia Lim, Azeem Manghat, Chris Ng

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    Queens Law is a place where you will be both challenged and rewarded.We have internationally renownedacademics and an outstandingadministration that will support andencourage your success. Coming toQueens Law has been one of the bestcareer and life choices I have made.

    Sean Coughlin, Law15LSS President, 2014-15

    Guelph, Ontario

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    Dean Bill Flanagan (right) with Medal in Law recipients (l-r from third-highest to highest)

    ACADEmiC ExCELLEnCECurriculum

    the faculty of law at queens university will inspire your passion for learningand cultivate your critical thinking, problem solving and professional skills in

    preparation for a rewarding career in law and related fields.

    juriS DoCtor (jD) ProgrAmThe Juris Doctor (JD) professional degree program provides the educational foundation to practise law in all common-law jurisdictions in Canadaand around the world. Queens JD graduates are eligible to register for American bar examinations in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

    firSt-yEAr jD ProgrAmOur compulsory curriculum covers all the fundamental subjects,including instruction in legal research, legal writing and oraladvocacy. Students complete courses in:

    Public Law

    Constitutional Law

    Criminal Law

    Contracts Law

    Property Law


    Introduction to Legal Skills

    Small SectionsEach first-year student is assigned to a small section led by a full-time professor. Students complete all first-year courseswith their small section classmates: one course with just theirsmall section, and the other courses usually with two smallsections combined. This system creates a supportive, interactiveand collegial learning environment.

    Introduction to legal skills Our new ILS course covers the basic skills a student needsin law school and in legal practice:

    Researching and citing legal material

    Apply legal reasoning

    Writing case briefs and factums

    Drafting legal documents

    Client relations and file management

    Students will also be introduced to topics including:

    Legal ethics and professionalism

    The court system

    Oral advocacy

    Alternative dispute resolution, negotiation

    Law office management

    In addition to lectures, students engage in small groupwork and experience-based learning.

    2015 medallistsQueens Law awards medals to the three graduates with the highest cumulative averages each year at Convocation.

    Brandon Mattalo, Connor Kense, and Paul Warchuk.

  • 4uPPEr-yEAr jD ProgrAmTo enhance skills and perspectives developed in first-year,Queens Law students fulfill the following upper-year degree requirements:

    Three compulsory courses: Civil Procedure, Business Associations, and Legal Ethics and Professionalism

    One course in Advocacy and one in Practice Skills

    Substantial term paper

    Each students individual program of study is rounded out withelectives chosen from our rich curriculum. Full-time studentsnormally take four or five courses in each of the four upper-yearterms to satisfy the required upper-year credit requirement of59 to 68 credits.

    curriculumThe traditional areas of strength at Queens in public law, criminallaw, family law, labour law, health law and legal theory are beingexpanded through growing strength in international law andbusiness law. Challenging courses in legal theory and substantivelaw are balanced with valuable opportunities for experientiallearning and skills development through our superb clinicalprograms, scholarly law journals, courses in advocacy and practiceskills and a rich program in mooting. Our curriculum encouragesinnovative teaching techniques by offering seminars, lectures,interactive technology and supervised projects to encourageparticipation, self-directed learning and legal skills development.

    Distinguished visitorsStudents also learn about a broad range of topicalissues from national and international experts whovisit Queens Law to participate in conferences,workshops and lectures organized by:

    Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

    McCarthy Ttrault LLP Legal Ethics and ProfessionalResponsibility Program

    Queens/Tel Aviv Faculty Exchange and Research Program

    Feminist Legal Studies Queens

    Faculty Visitors Committee

    Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada has an informal chat with JD students during a visit to Queens Law.

    Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire LHeureux-Dub, pictured with Professor Kathleen Lahey (co-director of FeministLegal Studies Queens), speaks on Conversations about EqualityLaw and the Future.

    Ovide Mercredi, President of the New Democratic Party of Manitobaand a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, speakson aboriginal issues.

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    ACADEmiC ExCELLEnCECurriculumupper-year courses

    The breadth and depth of our curriculum is apparent from a listing of our upper-year courses by subject area:

    Corporate and Commercial LawAdvanced Corporate Law Business AssociationsBusiness Finance Commercial Bankruptcy & RestructurinCommercial La