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Combined Degree Programs: Master of Industrial Relations – Juris Doctor (M.I.R./J.D.) and Master of Public Administration – Juris Doctor (M.P.A./J.D)
Queen's University Senate approved the Master of Industrial Relations-JD program on November 21st 1996 and the Master of Public Administration-JD program  on March 1, 2001.

Partnered with the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, the Faculty of Law has pioneered two unique combined degree programs which enable students to become specialists in labour and employment law and human resources management (M.I.R.) or in public or international law and public policy (M.P.A.). 

Up to five outstanding students may be admitted each year to each of the Master of Industrial Relations/J.D. and the Master of Public Administration/J.D. degree programs. Candidates must meet the admission requirements for both programs including writing the LSAT for law. Offers of admission issued by each program separately must be accepted in order to be considered for admission into the combined program.  For admission information, please see the Admission to the J.D. Program - First Year section in the Admission chapter.

Master of Industrial Relations/Juris Doctor (M.I.R./J.D.) Combined Degree Program  

The M.I.R./J.D. is a three and one-half academic year  combined degree program offered by the School of Policy Studies and the Faculty of Law that merges graduate training in human resource management, labour and employment policy with a professional degree in law.  An option to complete the combined degrees in three years is available to combined degree program students who are selected to and successfully complete a Global Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the first year in the program.  Students enrolled in this program are subject to the regulations and policies of both the Faculty of Law and the School of Policy Studies. Following graduation, students complete the articling requirement and licensing process for the Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario or the comparable bar admission program in the other Canadian common law provinces.

Program Structure

1. M.I.R. Year (12 months)
In the first year of the program, students are registered as graduate students and are required to take LAW-140/141/142 Public Law, LAW-150/151/152 Constitutional Law, LAW-160/161/162/163/164 Contracts,  LAW-115/116/117 Introduction to Legal Research and the First Year Legal Foundations Program in the Faculty of Law. The requirements of the graduate degree are completed over the spring and summer and the graduate degree is conferred in the fall of the second year in the program.

M.I.R. –J.D. students are eligible to apply for and be selected to participate in a Global Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the graduate registration year. Successful completion of the program earns nine upper-year J.D. credits and enables the combined degree program to be completed in three academic years.  Applications should be submitted by October 28th 2012  for admission to the Spring 2012 Global Law Programs. See http://law.queensu.ca/international/globalLawProgramsAtTheBISC/application.html.  For the remainder of the program, students are registered as law students.
2. J.D. first year (8 months)
Students are required to take LAW-180/181/ Property, LAW-190/191/192/193/ Torts and LAW-170/171/ Criminal Law, . The following courses are recommended to be taken in the second year of the combined program and must be completed within the upper-years: LAW-225/226 Civil Procedure, LAW-560 Labour Law, LAW-567 Employment Law and LAW-562 Collective Agreement and Arbitration. M.I.R.-J.D. students who are pursuing the early completion option may seek permission to add a two-credit upper-year course or individual supervised project to avoid course overloads in second-year J.D. to ensure that the minimum upper-year credit requirement of 59 upper –year credits can be met by the end of second-year J.D. registration.
3. J.D. second year (8 months)
(i)  Students are required to undertake a 14 to 17 credit course-load of upper year electives. Students should plan to meet the balance of the J.D. degree requirements, including the Practice Skills requirement , the Advocacy requirement and the substantial term paper requirement in Law 494-Labour ISP (4 upper-year credits).

(ii)  If the BISC Early Completion option is chosen, then it is possible for an M.I.R.-J.D. student to complete the remaining J.D. degree requirements at the end of the J.D. second year, using the nine upper-year credits earned in the BISC certificate program and completion of an additional two credit course or Individual Supervised Project.. Permission may be sought from the Assistant Dean of Students to complete the mandatory LAW-494 Labour Individual Supervised Project in the second J.D. year.

(iii) M.I.R. –J.D. students who do not plan to complete the combined degree program in three academic years, may apply to complete the final term of the fourth year on international exchange, if all other degree requirements are completed in the second year J.D.

(iv)  M.I.R.-J.D. students will complete the articling requirement of the licensing process of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Province of Ontario) or articling and the bar admission program of any other Canadian common law province after graduation.

The Career Services Office of the Faculty of Law helps students to apply for summer positions. with law firms that have a specialized practice in labour and employment law and will assist students in the search for an articling position after graduation.
4. J.D. third year (fall term, four months)
M.I.R.-J.D. students who did not exercise the option to complete the combined program within three academic years return to complete the balance of outstanding J.D. requirements in a final term of registration. An application may be made in the previous second year J.D.  to study on international exchange in the final term, if all other J.D. degree requirements have been met, including the required Law 494-Labour: Individual Supervised Project. 

Contact Information for the School of Policy Studies:
Jennifer Dee, MIR Program Coordinator
School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
138 Union St.
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6
Tel: 613.533.6000 ext 77322
Email: deej@queensu.ca
Website: http://www.queensu.ca/sps/future_students/

Master of Public Administration/ Juris Doctor Combined Degree Program (M.P.A./J.D.)

Partnered with the School of Policy Studies, the Faculty of Law offers this three and one-half academic year combined degree program to facilitate closer integration of studies in law and public policy. The Public Studies curriculum offers students training in policy analysis and development, while the J.D. curriculum offers students the substantive knowledge necessary for successful policy implementation and interpretation. The School of Policy Studies has a strong reputation for advanced education in policy studies in the areas of health policy,  defence management studies, global governance,  social and public policy in the voluntary sector of not- for-profit, community-based, non-governmental organizations. Students enrolled in this program are subject to the regulations and policies of both the Faculty of Law and the School of Policy Studies.

An option to complete the combined degrees in three years is available to combined degree program students who are selected to and successfully complete a Global Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the first year in the program. Following graduation, students complete the articling requirement and licensing process for the Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario or the comparable bar admission program in the other Canadian common law provinces.

Program Structure

1. M.P.A. Year (twelve months)
IIn the first year of the program, students are registered as graduate students and are required to take LAW-140/141/142 Public Law, LAW-150/151/152 Constitutional Law, LAW-160/161/162/163/164 Contracts, LAW-115/116/117 Introduction to Legal Research and the First Year Legal Foundations Program in the Faculty of Law. The requirements of the graduate degree are completed over the spring and summer and the graduate degree is conferred in the fall of the second year in the program.

M.P.A.-J.D. students are eligible to apply for and be selected to participate in a Global Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the graduate registration year. Successful completion of the program earns nine upper-year J.D. credits and enables the combined degree program to be completed in three academic years.  Applications should be submitted by October 28th, 2011 for admission to the Spring 2012 Global Law Programs. See http://law.queensu.ca/international/globalLawProgramsAtTheBISC/application.html

For the remainder of the program, students are registered as law students.
2. J.D. first year (8 months)
Students are required to take LAW-180/181/182 Property, Law 190/191/192/193/ Torts, LAW-170/171/172/173 Criminal Law, LAW-225/226 Civil Procedure, LAW-427 Administrative Law and one additional elective course in each term (totalling 14-17 credits per term). Students who are pursuing the early completion option may seek permission to add a two-credit upper-year course or individual supervised project to avoid course overloads in second-year J.D. to ensure that the minimum upper-year credit requirement of 59 upper –year credits can be met by the end of second-year J.D. registration.
3. J.D. second year (8 months)
(i)  Students are required to undertake a full-time courseload of upper year electives. Students should strive to meet the balance of the J.D. degree requirements, including the Practice Skills requirement and the Advocacy requirement.

(ii)  At some point in the second or third J.D. years, students are required to take at least one of LAW-522 Human Rights, LAW-532 Aboriginal Law or LAW-529 Advanced Constitutional Law. Students are also required to complete the Law-496: Public Service-Individual Supervised Project (4 credits). It is recommended that this paper be used to satisfy the Substantial Term Paper requirement of the J.D. degree.

(iii)  If the BISC Early Completion option is pursued, then it is possible for a combined program student to complete the remaining J.D. degree requirements at the end of the J.D. second year, using the nine upper-year credits earned in the BISC certificate program. Permission may be sought from the Assistant Dean of Students to complete the mandatory LAW-496 Public Service Individual Supervised Project in the second J.D. year. This paper can be used to satisfy the substantial term paper degree requirement for the J.D. degree

(iv)
  M.P.A –J.D. students who do not plan to complete the combined degree program in three academic years, may apply to complete the final term of the fourth year on international exchange, if all other degree requirements are completed in second-year J.D.

(v)  M.P.A..-J.D. students will complete the articling requirement of the licensing process of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Province of Ontario) or articling and the bar admission program of any other Canadian common law province after graduation. The Career Services Office of the Faculty of Law helps students to apply for summer positions with government or with law firms that have a public law practice and will assist students in the search for an articling position after graduation.
4. J.D. third year (fall term, four months)
Students register for a final  term in  third year to complete the remaining requirements of the J.D. degree, including the upper-year credit requirement, the Advocacy requirement, the Practice Skills requirement and the Law-496 Public Service; Individual Supervised Project. As a general rule, students complete Law-496 Public Service Individual Supervised Project in the third year. This paper can be used to satisfy the substantial term paper degree requirement for the J.D. degree. Students also register in a full-time courseload of upper year law electives.  Students choosing this option will complete the articling requirement of the licensing process of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Province of Ontario) after graduation.

Implementation of Academic Policies pertaining to the Combined Degree Programs: Master of Industrial Relations / Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration / Juris Doctor

1 Registration Status and Eligibility for Letter of Permission or International Exchange

a Students admitted into the combined degree programs register as graduate students in the first year of the program and are assessed tuition as graduate students in that year.
b Students are registered and pay tuition as first-year law students in the second year of the combined degree program, as second-year law students in the third year of the combined degree program and as third-year law students in the final term of the fourth year in the combined degree program.
c If a student successfully completes a BISC global law program and pursues early completion, then the student will be considered to be second-year J.D. student in the second year of the combined program and a third-year J.D. student in the third year of the combined degree program.
d Due to course requirements, students in combined degree programs are eligible for a letter of permission to study abroad or to study on international exchange at another Law Faculty only if the early completion option is not pursued. The term on letter of permission or on international exchange would be the final term in the third J.D. year of the four-year combined degree program.
e Students are expected to adhere to the completion deadline for the graduate degree program before registration as a first year law student in the J.D. degree program.

2 Eligibility for Merit-Based and Needs-Based Awards and Dean's Honour List

a Applicants to the combined programs are eligible to receive merit-based and need-based assistance according to their registration status upon admission to the combined degree programs as graduate students in the first year of registration. See https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRD1348561.html
b Applicants will be considered for merit-based admission scholarships not requiring a separate application during the admissions cycle in which application is made for admission.
c Students in the combined degree programs are not eligible for law admission scholarships for which an application is required until they are registered as first year law students in the J.D. program.
d If an applicant accepted the offer of a law admissions scholarship when offered admission to the J.D. degree program, that scholarship will be deferred by a year until the student is registered as a first-year law student in the second year of the combined degree program.
e Applicants are not eligible for a law admission bursary or work-study grant once they accept admission and register as first year graduate students in the combined degree programs, even though they may have been awarded a law admission bursary or work study grant when they were offered admission into the J.D. degree program.
f Students registered in the combined programs are eligible to apply for the needs-based general bursaries by the deadline of 31 October of each academic year.
g In the first year of the program students are not eligible for consideration for course prizes in the three first-year law courses in which they are registered. Following the year as a graduate student, students are eligible for the law school's merit-based and needs-based scholarships, awards and financial assistance according to level of J.D. studies in which they are registered. g Students registered in the combined degree programs will be considered for the first, second and third year Dean's Honour List on the basis of grades for law courses obtained in the second, third and fourth years, respectively of the four-year program. Students who are pursuing early completion will be registered as graduate students in the first year, then as second-year and as third-year J.D. students in the final two academic years of the combined program.

3 Determination of Standing and Right to Continue in the Combined Degree Program

a If a student does not complete the requirements of the Master's degree in a timely manner, prior to registration as a first-year law student in September, then tuition for the following academic year will be charged not only to continue as a graduate student, but also for concurrent registration as a J.D. student.
b A student who does not successfully complete the degree requirements of the Master's program by mid-August will be required to seek permission of the Assistant Dean of Students of the Faculty of Law to continue in the combined degree program. The Assistant Dean of Students may decide the issue or may refer the issue to the Academic Standing and Policies Committee of the Faculty of Law with a recommendation.
c If a student is not permitted to continue as a student in the combined degree program, the student will be permitted to complete the graduate degree and the J.D. degree consecutively on conditions, if any, as determined by the Academic Standing and Policies Committee of the Faculty of Law. 

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