Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC)

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) is the Law Society's bar admission course and is part of the Law Society Admissions Program. Successful completion of the course is one of the requirements for becoming a lawyer in British Columbia.

PLTC emphasises practical skills training, ethics, practice management and practice and procedure to help new lawyers bridge the gap between law school and practice.

The Law Society’s PLTC program has earned international recognition and has served as a model for bar admission programs all over the world.

Detailed PLTC information
PLTC policies 

PLTC dates and attendance requirements
How to apply
Course material
Academic assistance
What happens if you fail

Fast facts

  • Full-time, 10-week legal practice, procedure and skills course, including ethics and practice management
  • Based on a definition of professional competency, including a combination of knowledge and skills
  • Classes are held at the Law Society in Vancouver, and also at Camosun College in Victoria and at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops for the summer session.
  • Typically about 20-24 students per class
  • Taught by full-time faculty with many years teaching and practice experience and by practising lawyers who volunteer to share their expertise

PLTC Policies

Accommodation for students with disabilities: to ensure that students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodation to minimize the effect of disability on their performance;

Deferral assessments or examinations: to permit students to defer assessments or examinations;

Part-time attendance: to permit students to attend PLTC part-time, spreading their attendance over more than one session.

Exemptions from PLTC: to permit students who have completed a bar admission course in another Canadian jurisdiction or who are a lawyer qualified in a foreign country to apply to the Credentials Committee for exemption from all or a portion of PLTC. Note: an exemption from PLTC is not an exemption from the Qualification Examinations.