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 program 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 teaching and practice experience and by practising lawyers who volunteer to share their expertise.

Course schedule

You will receive the PLTC schedule on the first day of class. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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.