Law students headed for practice need law in core areas

The Law Society is advising law students who plan to practise in BC that they need to learn the law in core practice areas either during law school or through self-study in order to prepare for PLTC.

The notice, to be posted on the Law Society website and communicated through the BC law faculties states:

To successfully complete the Law Society Admission Program, you will need to acquire knowledge of the law in the eight core practice areas upon which you will be examined, and which are the foundation for the practice, procedure and skills instruction and assessment in the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC).

Law school is the first step for prospective lawyers in British Columbia. The second step is successful completion of the Law Society Admission Program, comprising 10 weeks of PLTC, including the examinations and skills assessments, and nine months of articles.

During PLTC, students will be examined on professional responsibility, practice management, lawyering skills, and the law, practice and procedure in eight core areas of practice.

Lawyering skills: Writing; Drafting; Interviewing; Advocacy; Legal Research; Dispute Resolution.

Practice areas: Civil Litigation; Commercial; Company; Creditors’ Remedies; Criminal Procedure; Family; Real Estate; Wills and Estates.

Teaching during PLTC focuses on lawyering skills, professional responsibility, law office management, and practice and procedure in the eight core practice areas. There is little basic instruction in the law during the 10 weeks of PLTC. It is therefore the responsibility of each student who wishes to be licensed to practise law in British Columbia to learn the law in these areas either during law school or through self-study.

The PLTC Practice Material is a valuable resource for students in the Admission Program. It contains summaries of practice and procedure in the eight core practice areas, and forms the knowledge basis for the examinations. Students should decide whether to take courses in these subject areas during their law school studies or expect to educate themselves after law school graduation in these subject areas.

This information is provided to law school students to communicate, at an early stage in the legal education process, the Law Society of British Columbia’s requirements for the successful completion of the Admission Program and entry into the practice of law in British Columbia.

For further information please ­contact Lynn Burns, Deputy Director, Professional Legal Train ing Course, at