Call and Admission to the Bar
You must complete the Law Society Admission Program satisfactorily before applying for call and admission to the bar.
How do I apply?
Approximately six weeks before your anticipated licence date, you will receive a package from the Law Society that includes the application for call and admission, information about the membership options and applicable fees.
After completion of all requirements for call and admission and approval of appropriate documentation, you must take the barristers and solicitors oath prior to becoming eligible for practice.
New lawyers must be presented to the court in a call and admission ceremony, but no longer need to attend that ceremony prior to issuance of your practising certificate. However, presentation to the court is required before the first renewal of a certificate (i.e., before the end of the calendar year in which you qualify for call and admission).
As an exception, if you qualify for the first time in the last four months of the calendar year, you may have your certificate renewed once without presentation in court. You must be presented to the court before the end of the calendar year after the one in which you qualify for call and admission (Law Society Rule Rule 2-51).
When you apply for call and admission you will be informed of the options available for presentation to the court.
Lawyers transferring to BC must complete the transfer process.
To be called and admitted in BC, a transfer candidate must either:
- attend a call ceremony and be presented in open court; or
- before beginning the practice of law, take the barristers and solicitors oath before a judge or a practising lawyer (Law Society Rule 2-51(2)).
A candidate opting to take the oath before a judge or practising lawyer will not be entitled to renew your practising certificate until after having attended a call ceremony.
You may make arrangements to be called at a regional call ceremony elsewhere in BC.
A regional call ceremony can be scheduled on an as-needed basis, wherever there is a student or transfer candidate who wants to be called, a Bencher or local bar association that wants to hold the ceremony and a Supreme Court judge and courtroom that are available.