Who's who in a lawyer's office
To become a lawyer in BC, a person must have a law degree from an accredited university and complete the Law Society's Admissions Program. A law degree usually requires three years of study. In addition, most law schools require students to have a minimum of three years of university studies before they are permitted to enrol in law school.
A lawyer's assistant knows the lawyer's schedule. Assistants book appointments and can tell you the best time to reach your lawyer. They can often tell you if documents are ready for you to sign and the progress on your file.
Many offices have paralegals who prepare letters and court documents under the supervision of a lawyer. Paralegals are permitted to give certain legal advice under the supervision of a lawyer. Read more
Law school graduates who are training to be lawyers are said to be “completing their articles”. They work under the supervision of a lawyer and are permitted to perform many of the tasks of a lawyer and appear in court on certain matters. More information about articling in BC.