The Queen's Law Journal is a fully refereed scholarly publication produced by a student editorial board under the direction of a Faculty Advisor. The Editorial Board consists of 9 senior editors and 10 associate editors. There are also approximately 40 volunteer editors. The Journal has a well-established international readership, and is among Canada's most highly respected law journals.
The Journal was established in 1968 as the Queen's Intramural Law Journal. The purpose of this periodical was to publish a selection of the best work written by law students at Queen's. In 1971, the title was changed to the Queen's Law Journal, reflecting a change in editorial policy. While it continued to publish student work, the Journal began seeking contributions from academics and other members of the legal profession.
By the mid-1970s, the Journal had evolved into its present form—a vehicle for scholarship by legal academics, practitioners, and law students. In time, the Journal became a fully-refereed publication. All submissions that pass the internal review process are subject to a double-blind external assessment by at least two experts in the relevant subject area.
The objectives of the Queen's Law Journal are:
Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Bernie Adell has been the Faculty Advisor to the Queen's Law Journal since 1994. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal (CLELJ).
The Queen's Law Journal selects first, second and third year law students from a pool of applicants to volunteer for a 2-term period. Volunteers assist with cite checking, internal reviews and proofreading and often go on to become members of our editorial board. The selection of volunteers is made in September of each school year. For more information please contact the Managing Editor for Volunteers, James Clinton.