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Queen's University

Program Overview

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 JD 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

Year 1 - MPA (twelve months)

In the first year of the program, students are registered as graduate students of the MPA program.The following MPA courses are required first year courses: MPA 800/802/804/805/809 as well as one of the following: MPA 815 or 816 or 840 or 844. Law courses: 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.

MPA/JD 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 JD credits and enables the combined degree program to be completed in three academic years. Applications should be submitted for admission to the Global Law Programs.

For the remainder of the program, students are registered as Law students.

For Years 2, 3 and 4 please refer to the Faculty of Law website.

School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020