Careers in Law

The Juris Doctor is a versatile degree that facilitates a wide range of careers in private practice, public service, corporate, international and non-profit sectors to name a few. Learning as much as you can about the different career paths available to you by browsing the list below, engaging in self-reflection, as well as talking with practitioners in different areas of law, can help focus your search and equip you with the knowledge to make an informed choice.
Private Practice
  • Aboriginal   
  • Access to Justice
  • Administrative
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Animal
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Business
  • Charities and non-Profit
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Competition
  • Constitutional
  • Construction
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contract
  • Corporate Finance
  • Criminal
  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Full Service
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • In-House Counsel
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labour
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Litigation
  • Mainstreet Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Mortgages
  • Municipal
  • National Security
  • Natural Resources
  • Personal Injury
  • Policy
  • Privacy
  • Property
  • Public
  • Public Prosecution
  • Real Estate
  • Refugee
  • Secured Transactions
  • Social Justice
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Tort
  • Water
  • Wills and Trusts
Public Sector
  • Municipal Government 
  • Provincial Government
  • Federal Government
  • Crown Agencies
  • Institutions
  • Foreign Consulates and Embassies
Social Justice
  • Not-for-Profits
  • Government Funded Groups
  • International Organizations
  • Fellowships and Internships
  • Specialized Private Practice
JD Advantage
  • Teaching
  • Research Assistant role
  • Corporations (In-house, marketing, research, client service)
  • Lobby groups
  • News agencies
  • Travel / Hobbies / Volunteers
Emerging Careers
  • Knowledge Engineers
  • Legal Process Analysts
  • Legal Support system Managers
  • Legal Project Managers
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Risk Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Legal Management Consultants



Licensing Process

Once you have successfully completed your J.D., there are still a number of steps to complete before you are eligible to practice law. You must become a member of a bar. The process to be called to the bar is regulated by the province in which you intend to practice. Please find below a link to all provincial and territorial Canadian Law Societies.


Law Practice Program (Ontario) – LPP Ryerson and PPD uOttawa


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Nova Scotia





Northwest Territories




There are numerous clerkship opportunities available at courts across the country. Clerking in Ontario may be pursued in lieu of the articles necessary to be called to the Bar.  Clerking in another province might not fulfill only some of the articling requirement necessary to be called to the Bar in that province.  Students are encouraged to check with the licensing authorities of the provinces in which they are interested in clerking.

Booking an appointment

To book an appointment with a Professional development counsellor, please use the “Appointments” tab in The Source.


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