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How to Become a Lawyer in Canada – A Step by Step Guide

The process for becoming a lawyer in Canada is both lengthy and a lot of work. But, if law has always been your passion and you are hard-working and ready for quite a bit of post-secondary education, you should pursue it! Here is our step by step guide on how to become a lawyer in Canada!

Get an undergraduate degree

First, you’ll need an undergraduate degree. This undergraduate degree can usually be just about anything, but there’s some that may be more related to law than others. These include history, business, political science, philosophy, and economics. While completing your undergraduate degree, be sure to get the best marks you can as entrance into law schools in Canada is quite competitive!

Pass your LSAT

After completing an undergraduate degree, you’ll need to pass your LSAT exam. The Law School Admission Test is a must for admission into Canadian law schools. Here’s what you need to know about it. First, it covers 3 different sections: logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical reasoning. Also, it runs 4 times a year, every June, September, October, February. You can register for the next session here. Finally, it is known that the LSAT is challenging, so prepare yourself by using all of the free LSAT study resources available online.

Be aware that the rules and content surrounding the LSAT changes occasionally. As of 2019, the rules and information are as stated above.

Apply to law schools

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After completing your LSAT exam, the next step is to apply to law schools. There a number of law schools in Canada, including UBC lawMcgill lawUVIC lawYork law and many more! These schools will ask for your LSAT score, your transcripts, personal statements, work experience, etc. Where you apply is up to you, just try to choose a school that will satisfy all of your needs.

Finish law school

The next step, of course, is to get through law school. Generally, law school is about 3 years in Canada. After completing law school, you will now have your Juris Doctor or J.D. designation and are eligible for the BAR exam in your province.

Complete provincial BAR

The final step is taking and passing your provinces BAR exam and practicum period. This means you’ll need to complete the BAR exam, which variers per province, as well as a supervised work placement for 10 months to a year. The work period after the BAR exam is known as “articling” in the lawyer realm and is meant to help you ease into your career and learn at the same time. Once all of this is done, you’ll finally be a lawyer!

NCA information

If you are already a lawyer but were educated outside of Canada, your credentials might not be recognized here. So, you’ll need to complete a re-certification program here through the National Committee on Accreditation. To apply for this program you can do so at any time, but you will not hear back from the committee until all your formalities have been completed. These include language proficiency proof, academic transcripts, and transcripts that prove you can practice law in the country where you studied law. A payment of $350 is also a part of the application. From there, wait until you hear back from the committee and then take the next steps recommended by them.

If you want to be a lawyer in Canada, you will have to complete lots and lots of schooling here. But, if you really have a passion for law, we’re sure you can do it! Use our step by step guide on how to become a lawyer in Canada and stick to your goals! You got this, go get that law degree!

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