The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) is the Law Society's Bar admission course and is part of the Law Society Admission Program.

Successful completion of the course is one of the requirements for becoming a lawyer in BC.

The Law Society’s PLTC has earned international recognition and has served as a model for Bar admission programs all over the world. It emphasizes practical skills training, ethics, practice management and practice and procedure to help new lawyers bridge the gap between law school and practice.

PLTC is a full-time, 10-week course. Classes are held three times a year at the Law Society offices in Vancouver, and once a year at Camosun College in Victoria and at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Classes are taught by full-time faculty with many years of teaching and practice experience and by practising lawyers who volunteer to share their expertise.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLTC is currently holding its Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 sessions remotely using virtual classrooms and learning software. A decision to hold the Spring 2023 and subsequent sessions remotely will be made closer to the start of class, after considering the public health directives at the time. Please check back here for updates.

Course schedule

You will receive the PLTC schedule on the first day of class. Classes run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm each day with some exceptions. Throughout the 10-week course there are several days or half days with no scheduled classes during which students are expected to read materials or prepare assignments or assessments.

Exemptions from PLTC

Students who have completed a Bar admission course in another Canadian jurisdiction or who are qualified as a lawyer in a foreign country may apply to the Credentials Committee for exemption from all or a portion of PLTC. Note that an exemption from PLTC is not an exemption from the qualification examinations.