Law Society Admission Program

Information Sheet: Law Society Admission Program and other resources

To be called to the BC bar, applicants are required to complete a 12-month Law Society Admission Program which includes:

If you are a lawyer in another Canadian jurisdiction seeking to transfer to BC, see Transfers.

What you need to know if you plan to practice in BC

The Law Society Admission Program is supervised and administered by the Credentials Committee of the Law Society.

How to enroll in the Admission Program

Step 1 Make sure you are eligible. You must be able to provide either your:

  • proof of graduation from a common law faculty of a Canadian university; or
  • Certificate of Qualification issued by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) if your legal qualifications have been acquired outside Canada

Step 2 Secure your articling position

It is up to you to obtain an articling position before applying to enroll in the Admission Program. More information about articling

Step 3 Complete the application package including:

Step 4 Submit the application package any time but at least 30 days before your enrolment start date to the Member Services or your articling firm.

You must meet the deadline for submission of all documents. Retroactive registrations are not permitted, except as directed by the Credentials Committee. Applications for retroactive status must be accompanied by a written submission to the Committee setting out reasons for the late documentation.

Step 5 Submit a separate application form to the Law Society for registration in the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC).

Note: The deadlines for PLTC are very specific and different from those of the Admissions Program.

For more information, contact Amity Chow, PLTC.