Transfer to BC from another Canadian jurisdiction

This section does NOT apply if you:

Transfer from a reciprocating jurisdiction

Lawyers who qualify under Law Society Rule 2-81 and the National Mobility Agreement or the Territorial Mobility Agreement must fulfill all the requirements of Law Society Rule 2-79 for call and admission on transfer as well as:

For example, if you are required to have insurance in your home jurisdiction to be considered entitled to practise and you do not currently have insurance, you are not eligible to transfer under Law Society Rule 2-81. You must first be reinstated to practising insured status in your home jurisdiction.

If you do not possess a Canadian law degree in the common law, you must obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation before applying for transfer to BC.

Transfer from a non-reciprocating jurisdiction

If you are not eligible to transfer to BC under Law Society Rule 2-81 you are still eligible to transfer to BC from another Canadian jurisdiction under Law Society Rule 2-79.

The requirements depend on your recent practice history:

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Enrol in the Law Society Admission Program

You may wish to enrol in the Law Society Admission Program and complete articles and the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) despite your eligibility to be called and admitted on the basis of transfer. To pursue this option:

If you decide to change to a transfer applicant while enrolled in the Law Society Admission Program, you must submit a completed transfer application form and the transfer application fee at least 30 days before your proposed call date.

For more information, contact Member Services

How to apply for transfer

Step 1 Submit to the Law Society:

If applicable, also submit at this time:

Step 2 Fulfil any applicable exam or reading requirement

If you are applying to transfer to BC from a reciprocating jurisdiction under Law Society Rule 2-81, submit to the Law Society:

Statutory Declaration re Transfer Reading Requirement Application (supporting document)

If you are applying to transfer from a non-reciprocating jurisdiction under Law Society Rule 2-79:

Step 3 Finalize arrangements for call and admission and pay call, admission, practice and insurance fees.

Step 4: Attend a call ceremony

For more information, contact Member Services