An exceptional learning experience - a one of a kind degree.

A Queen’s exclusive

The Juris Doctor/Master of Industrial Relations (JD/MIR) is a three-and-a-half-year combined degree program. In partnership with Queen’s Faculty of Law, the JD/MIR was established in response to strong demand from the law profession for graduates with expertise in employment and labour law. Now a Queen’s exclusive, the JD/MIR is the only dual degree of its kind in Canada, merging graduate training in human resources management, employment and labour policy with a professional degree in law.

Why the JD/MIR?

Being able to stand in both worlds, JD/MIR students graduate with a distinct advantage. By completing the MIR concurrent with a JD education, students not only expand their learning but are able to cross-apply credits that reduce their overall time of study and expense, realizing a savings of more than $9000 compared with completing the two degrees separately.

The world of work is changing rapidly, making employment and labour law one of the most reactive areas of the law profession, but also one of the most satisfying. Work defines who we are – as people and as a society. By pairing a law degree with a Master of Industrial Relations you will have a direct hand in setting workplace standards, negotiating collective agreements, protecting human rights and ensuring pay equity. Better workplaces lead to a better quality of life – which is better for everyone.

What will I learn?

The MIR portion of the JD/MIR degree focuses on the following:

  • A thorough grounding in labour relations and human resources practice;
  • An understanding of evolving employment relationships, organizational behaviour and organizational dynamics;
  • Knowledge of the laws governing the individual employment and collective bargaining relationship;
  • The capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
  • The in-demand skill set of the new HR/LR professional – leadership, consulting, facilitation, coaching, team building and communication.

"The JD/MIR program has provided me with the opportunity to supplement my legal studies with further understanding of human resources management, collective agreement administration and labour relations. The added bonus of interacting with high quality professional students allows me to broaden my knowledge and maintain personal relationships for future years"

~Ryan Plener, JD/MIR candidate

Read more about our graduates, where they are now, and why the JD/MIR matters.

The Juris Doctor/Master of Industrial Relations (JD/MIR) is a three-and-a-half-year combined degree program that merges graduate training in human resources management and labour policy with a professional degree in law.

Students enrolled in the JD/MIR program are required to register for the MIR in their second year of study. 33 credits in total are required to complete the MIR. Learn more about the MIR mandatory requirements.

Elective courses are to equal a total of 11 MIR credits. Electives for this program are subject to the approval of program coordinators from both units and can be either JD or MIR courses

Balancing two programs can be tricky. Set yourself up for success and stay organized. Keep track of your MIR classes and important sessional dates throughout the school year. 

Questions? The JD/MIR is the only degree of its kind in Canada, offering a dual degree program that combines graduate training in human resources management, employment and labour policy with a professional degree in law.