Law Society Admission Program
To be called to the BC bar, applicants are required to complete a 12-month Law Society Admission Program which includes:
- Nine months of articles in a law firm or other legal workplace
- The 10-week Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC)
- Two qualification examinations based on the PLTC Practice Material and course work
If you are a lawyer in another Canadian jurisdiction seeking to transfer to BC, see Transfers.
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:
- Law Society Admission Program Enrolment Application
- Articling Agreement
- Articling Skills and Practice Checklist
- Official transcript sent directly from the university showing the actual granting of the LL.B. degree and grades, or your NCA Certificate of Qualification. Recent graduates may submit an official transcript at a later date only if the university has not yet processed the granting of your degree in time for the Admission Program deadline. Is this case, you must provide a letter from the Dean confirming that all requirements have been met and submit the official transcript as soon as it is available
- Enrolment in admission program and training course registration fees
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.