Before applying to the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC), you must:

  • be enrolled in or applying to the Law Society Admission Program; and
  • have entered into and filed an Articling Agreement.

You should also review the information on this website regarding PLTC and the “FAQ: Law Society Admission Program” information sheet.

When to take PLTC

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) is offered in February, May and September in Vancouver, and in May in Victoria and Kamloops.

Students may attend PLTC at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of articles, subject to space available in the session requested. As students are required to request a first and a second choice of a PLTC session, the latter being either later or in a different location, please be prepared to attend either PLTC session until you receive an official PLTC registration email.

If you are unable to successfully pass the course, you will be required to do so during the next session of PLTC. If you were attending PLTC at the end of your articling year, this may delay your eligibility date  to begin practice. In rare circumstances, PLTC may hold an early assessment and/or examination between the September and February PLTC sessions.

How to apply for PLTC

Step 1: Gather the documents required for your application:

  • download and complete the Professional Legal Training Course Application form; and
  • secure your principal's written consent to the dates you are requesting to attend.

Step 2: Send your completed application form and your articling principal’s written consent by mail to the Law Society before the deadline of the session you requested as a first choice. Indicate a first and a second choice of a PLTC session, the latter being either later or in a different location. For applications received on or before the deadline, the Law Society will make every effort to register you in the session you indicated as your first choice. However, for the May session held in Vancouver, we regularly have more applicants than available places. If you choose this as your first option, then choose your second choice wisely.  The available spots are not assigned on a first come first serve basis. However, students who applied for an oversubscribed session will be waitlisted by date of receipt of the application form by PLTC.

It is your responsibility to ensure the Law Society receives your application before the deadline date(s) for the session(s) requested.

Students who submit their application forms past the deadline may still be admitted if there is space available in the session. For oversubscribed sessions, late applications will be added to the waiting list, in the order received.

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) is offered:

  • three times a year in Vancouver (commencing in February, May and September)
  • once a year in Victoria (commencing in May)
  • once a year in Kamloops (commencing in May)

When to take PLTC

In consultation with your principal, you must choose when you will attend PLTC and when you will article. Students may take PLTC at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of articles, subject to space available in the session requested.

If you decide to take PLTC at the end of your articles year, and you are unable to successfully complete the course, you will be required to do so during the next session of PLTC. This may delay the date you will be eligible to begin practice. To avoid or shorten this delay, PLTC may offer an early opportunity shortly after the end of your PLTC session.

2017 - 2019 Sessions

Session Name

Date

Application Deadline

February 2017 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

February 14 – April 21, 2017 October 14, 2016

May 2017 Vancouver
(six or seven classes)

May 29 – August 4, 2017 December 15, 2016

May 2017 Victoria
(two or three classes)

May 29 – August 4, 2017 December 15, 2016

May 2017 Kamloops
(one or two classes)

May 29 – August 4, 2017 December 15, 2016

September 2017 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

September 11 – November 17, 2017 March 1, 2017

February 2018 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

February 13 - April 20, 2018

October 13, 2017

May 2018 Vancouver
(six or seven classes)

May 28 - August 3, 2018

December 15, 2017

May 2018 Victoria
(two or three classes)

May 28 - August 3, 2018

December 15, 2017

May 2018 Kamloops
(one or two classes)

May 28 - August 3, 2018

December 15, 2017

September 2018 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

September 10 - November 16, 2018

March 1, 2018

February 2019 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

February 12 - April 19, 2019

October 15, 2018

May 2019 Vancouver
(six or seven classes)

May 27 - August 2, 2019

December 14, 2018

May 2019 Victoria
(two or three classes)

May 27 - August 2, 2019

December 14, 2018

May 2019 Kamloops
(one or two classes)

May 27 - August 2, 2019

December 14, 2018

September 2019 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

September 9 - November 15, 2019

March 1, 2019

Confirmation and wait-listing

The Law Society does not reserve places for students in applying to PLTC. Feel free to consult with us about the availability of sessions when you think you are getting close to arranging articles.

Confirmation of acceptance into a session is sent approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. Once confirmed, a student may not transfer to another session unless space is available and the principal consents.