BAR ADMISSIONS Continue your path to practice
Once you have your Certificate of Qualification from the NCA, you can apply to bar admission programs in Canadian common law jurisdictions, which include all the provinces and territories except for Quebec.
If you wish to become a member of a law society, it is your responsibility to do the research. Also, if you have questions about the bar admissions process, you should direct them to a law society.
Here are the law societies you can choose from:
- Law Society of British Columbia (also see their FAQ: NCA Certificate of Qualification)
- Law Society of Alberta (also see their Internationally trained lawyers page)
- Law Society of Saskatchewan (also see their International applicants page)
- Law Society of Manitoba (Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education Program – CPLED – see also their page for internationally-trained applicants)
- Law Society of Ontario (also see their Career Map for Internationally Trained Lawyers)
- Law Society of New Brunswick (also see the Process for internationally educated lawyers)
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Law Society of Prince Edward Island (also see their Foreign degrees/training page)
- Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Law Society of Yukon
- Law Society of the Northwest Territories
- Law Society of Nunavut
Law Practice Programs
Law practice programs offer bar admission candidates in Ontario a rigorous course of experiential training to prepare them to succeed in the legal workplace. If you are in the Law Society of Ontario’s legal licensing process, you may want to consider this option instead of articling at a law firm or other law office. Here are the existing law practice programs available to you:
University of Ottawa French Law Practice Program
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON The Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa is proud to offer the French Law Practice Program (LPP). The LPP offers Canadian law school graduates (J.D. or equivalent) a new pathway to become a lawyer in Ontario. The purpose of the LPP is to facilitate the transition between law school and legal practice while offering the required experiential training. Designed by lawyers who are experts in their respective areas of law and known for their community involvement, our innovative curriculum will teach our candidates to think and act like lawyers. The University of Ottawa LPP’s mission is to promote access to justice for Francophones by training highly qualified lawyers able to offer their legal services in French. As a result, our LPP is offered only in French. For further information please call 613-562-5800 ext 1011 or send email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryerson University Law Practice Program
Ryerson University, Toronto, ON Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the innovative eight-month licensing program available to Law Society of Ontario licensing candidates seeking to get called to the Bar in Ontario. The program runs from August to April, annually. Our program offers rigorous on-line, simulated experiential training for four months, developed and delivered by leaders of the legal profession, followed by a hands-on four month work term. We annually host Information Webinars (typically in February/March. Registration details can be found on our website, where you can also learn more about the program, and read success stories of many of our Alumni. For additional information, please feel free to contact us at 416-979-5000, ext 3024 or email@example.com.