Program structure

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. The program has been organized in such a way that joint students are fully integrated into the law school community in their first year. They then complete the MIR with prescribed law electives in their second year and finish the JD degree in their third and fourth year.

As with all JD students, JD/MIR students will be assisted by the Career Development Office to seek summering positions and students will pursue the licensing process and articling after graduation.

Focused studies, optimal learning

The structure of the JD/MIR allows students to focus their efforts in coherent learning blocks and allows them the opportunity to bond with their cohorts in both degree programs. Students also have the option of transferring into the JD/MIR program during their first year of JD studies. This flexibility serves students who have no background in Employment Relations before starting law school but who discover an interest in it.

An option to complete the combined degree programs in three years is available to students who are selected for and successfully complete an International Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the first year of the combined program.

View the JD/MIR program chart

Admission requirements

Students are required to apply to both programs and be admitted by both programs separately. Applications must be made for JD admission through Ontario Law Schools Application Center (OLSAS) and for admission to the MIR degree through the School of Graduate Studies.

Candidates must meet the following admission requirements for both programs, including writing the LSAT.

  • 4-year bachelor’s honour degree in any discipline.
  • LSAT score ≥ 160 (80th percentile)

For students applying outside Canada, please read our FAQs specific to International students

What documents do I need to apply for the MIR?

  • Completed application form to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Academic transcripts uploaded or mailed directly to School of Graduate Studies.
  • Two academic references
  • For applicants who have obtained their undergraduate degrees outside of Canada, we require GRE/GMAT test results
  • For applicants whose native languages do not include English, satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test is required. Please read Step 3B for more information.

Vist OLSAS for more information on admission requirements to Queen’s Law School.

How many applicants are accepted each year?

The JD/MIR is a highly competitive combined degree program and is only available at Queen’s. Up to 5 candidates may be admitted to the MIR/JD program each year.  

What is the application deadline?

An application must be made to OLSAS for admission to the JD degree program by November 1st for admission to law school in the following September. A concurrent, separate application for admission to the MIR must be made through the School of Graduate Studies by January 15 in the year before law school begins, or alternatively, by January 15 of your first or second year of law school.

Transferring into the JD/MIR

Current Queen's Law JD students can apply for transfer into the JD/MIR program after their first or second year of studies. Students will be selected based on their performance in undergraduate studies and their performance to date in the JD program.