Take four courses for Canada's only online diploma in business skills for legal professionals!

Legal Services Management is Canada’s only online graduate diploma focusing on business skills for lawyers. You can benefit from individual courses, some for JD credit at Queen’s Law, or work toward the full Graduate Diploma.

Prepared and delivered by the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, the Graduate Diploma is comprised of four 3.0-credit (single term) courses (12 credits total).

Students will be required to obtain a minimum grade of B- in each course in order to attain the Diploma.

You can choose from:

*Can also be used for JD course credit at Queen’s Law.
†Required course for the Diploma.

For current Queen’s Law students, LSM 810 and LSM 830 can be applied to their JD degree program as course credit, for no additional fee beyond their standard JD tuition.

The other two courses must be taken as LSM courses at the Faculty of Law rate, which is $4000 for each course.

For all other students, including Queen’s Law graduates, all four courses must be taken as LSM courses with the Faculty of Law rate, which is $4000 for each course.

All students can complete Legal Services Management courses in any order, but we strongly recommend that students begin with Financial Literacy for Lawyers (LSM 810) since it provides an introduction to financial concepts used in the other courses.

See our chart below for how to complete the Diploma. You can also download this schedule as a PDF. (>1 MB)

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Courses available all year round

Legal Services Management courses will be available online, year round. Not all courses are available in all semesters: see our schedule below. 

 

Certificate in Law Course Offerings 

         

Course Name

Course Number

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Winter 2020

Summer
2020
Fall
2020

Winter
2021

Summer
2021
Fall
2021

Financial Literacy for Lawyers

LSM 810

X

X

X

X X X X X

Fundamentals of Legal Services Business

LSM 820

X

 

X

X   X X  
Shaping the Future of Legal Practice LSM 830

X

 

 

X     X  
Working With Teams & Managing People LSM 840

 

 

X

X X   X X
Project Management for Lawyers LSM 850

 

X

 

X   X X  

Requirements

To be considered for Graduate Diploma admission, an applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, be currently enrolled in a JD program (those without an undergraduate degree enrolled in a JD program will be considered for admission on a case by case basis), or have graduated from a JD (or equivalent) program. Performance in a JD or equivalent will be considered in the admissions process. Students will be expected to complete the Graduate Diploma within 16 months of enrollment (one course per semester). Exceptions will be made for Queen’s students taking core courses as part of their JD, and completing the Graduate Diploma post-articling.

Applications will be welcomed and actively sought from qualified members of underrepresented groups, such as indigenous peoples, those from visible minorities, with disabilities, or from the LGBTQQ community, all of whom have faced challenges in entering and succeeding in traditional legal markets.

Students will be expected to complete the Graduate Diploma within 16 months of enrolment (one course per semester). Exceptions will be made for Queen’s students taking core courses as part of their JD, and completing the Graduate Diploma post-articling.

Course registration without admission to the Graduate Diploma

Queen’s students enrolled in our JD program can take, and receive JD credits for, LSM 810 and 830. All other students must enroll in the Diploma before taking any of its courses.

Final Grades

Your final grades will appear on SOLUS. Official transcripts showing final grades will be available on the Official Grade Release Date. Please note, a mark of IN (incomplete) is considered a grade, and will be released on your official transcript with this grade.

Transcripts

If you require an official transcript, or need information including ordering, how to receive and costs, please visit the University Registrar – Transcripts.

Academic Integrity

All Queen’s Law programs are governed by the academic integrity policy adopted and adhered to by the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.