Licensing Process

Once students have successfully completed their J.D., there are still a number of steps to complete before they are eligible to practice law. They must become a member of the bar. In Canada and other Commonwealth countries, one is called to the bar after completing post law school training in a provincial law society program and undergoing an internship or articling. Each provincial law society or, as with Quebec, le Barreau du Quebec, has a licensing process that first must be successfully completed. In some provinces, though not Ontario, certain required courses must be taken during your J.D. It is therefore advisable to investigate carefully should you be interested in practicing in a province other than Ontario. Please find below a links to all provincial and territorial Canadian Law Societies.  If you are planning to be called to the bar in a province or territory outside of Ontario you are encouraged to check that province or territory’s website directly. 

Ontario

Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Licensing Process:
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/licensingprocesslawyer/

Information on the Law Practice Program

Application Deadline: May of final year

Alberta

The CPLED Program (Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education http://www.cpled.ca/)
http://www.lawsocietyalberta.com/
Application Deadline: May of final year

British Colombia

Law Society Admission Program (LSAP)
http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/
Application Deadline: At least 30 days before you plan to start the process 

Manitoba

The CPLED Program (Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education http://www.cpled.ca/)
http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/
Application Deadline: May of final year

New Brunswick

Procedure for Admission as Student-at-Law
http://www.lawsociety-barreau.nb.ca/
Application Deadline: On or before June 1st in the year an applicant enters Articles of Clerkship, or no later than six weeks prior to the commencement of the block of the bar admission course at which the applicant proposes to attend

Nova Scotia

Licensing Process
http://www.nsbs.ns.ca/
Application Deadline: At least 8 weeks prior to the commencement of articles 

Newfoundland

Application for Admission as Student with the Society
http://www.lawsociety.nf.ca/
Application Deadline: Information unavailable

P.E.I.

Application for Admission to the Law Society
http://www.lspei.pe.ca/
Application Deadline: 
i. PEI component- course is taught in the fall, applications due early October
ii. Nova Scotia component- 8 weeks prior to commencement of articles

Saskatchewan

The CPLED Program (Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education http://www.cpled.ca/)
http://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/ 
Application Deadline: June of final year

Quebec

L'École du Barreau (http://www.ecoledubarreau.qc.ca/)
http://www.barreau.qc.ca/
Application Deadline: February of final year of studies

Northwest Territories

Admission as Student-at-Law
http://www.lawsociety.nt.ca/
Application Deadline: Bar admission course must be completed in another Canadian common law jurisdiction (most commonly Alberta). Student-at-law application and documents are due no later than 1 month following the date the Articles of Clerkship are signed.

Nunavut

Admission as Student-at-Law
http://lawsociety.nu.ca/
Application Deadline: Bar admission course must be completed in another Canadian common law jurisdiction. Application and documents due at least 10 weeks prior to the planned commencement of articles.

Yukon

Admission as Student-at-Law
http://www.lawsocietyyukon.com/
Application Deadline: Application and documents due well in advance of the planned commencement of articles; approval must be granted before commencement.

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