The most common way to become a lawyer in BC is to earn a law degree from a Canadian law school, then complete the Law Society Admission Program.

However, that is not the only way to become a lawyer in BC. A law degree from outside Canada may be recognized in BC, but the applicant must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation before applying to the Law Society Admission Program.

Lawyers practising in other jurisdictions in Canada may be eligible to transfer to BC, and there are also provisions for non-practising or retired lawyers who wish to return to practice, as well as for lawyers who were formerly licensed to practise in BC and want to be reinstated.

If there are concerns about the character or fitness of any applicant, the application may be forwarded to the Law Society’s Credentials Committee, which may order a formal credentials hearing.

After meeting all of the requirements, an applicant is welcomed to the Bar in a call ceremony or by swearing an oath before a judge or practising lawyer.