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.

PLTC is currently holding its Spring 2023 session remotely using virtual classrooms and learning software. A decision to hold the Summer 2023 and subsequent sessions remotely will be made closer to the start of class. 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 have engaged in the active practice of law in a common law jurisdiction outside of Canada for at least five full years, may apply to the Credentials Committee for exemption from all or portions of PLTC.