To become a lawyer for the first time, a person must:
- complete a Bachelor of Laws degree from a Canadian common law university. For more information on law school admission requirements, see faculties of law at Canadian universities, including at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
- obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), if you have a law degree other than a Canadian Common Law Degree. Read more about completing your law degree outside Canada.
- complete the 12-month Law Society's Admission Program which includes articles and the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC).
Once the Admission Program is successfully completed, you can apply for admission and call to the bar.
Links and Resources
Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) initiative – program that places summer law students and articled student in rural law firms and smaller communities
Student Expectations for Early Legal Careers Often Not Met (article from The Advocate, Vol. 69, Part 6, Nov. 2011)