Approving Canadian Common Law Programs

Canada’s law societies have agreed on a National Requirement that law school programs must meet beginning in 2015 in order for graduates to enter law society admission programs.

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National Mobility of the Legal Profession

The Federation is leading a national initiative to expand mobility rights to permit Canadian lawyers to transfer between Quebec and the common law provinces with ease regardless of whether they were trained in Canadian common law or civil law.

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National Standards for Admission to the Legal Profession

As Canada’s national mobility regime for the legal profession requires each law society to recognize the credentials of lawyers wherever in Canada they were initially licensed to practise law, the Federation is leading an initiative to ensure admission standards are consistent across the country.

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Governing Canada's Legal Profession in the Public Interest

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of the 14 law societies mandated by provincial and territorial law to regulate Canada’s 100,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 4,000 notaries and Ontario’s 6,000 independent paralegals in the public interest.

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Becoming a Lawyer in Canada

Individuals applying for admission to a Canadian law society must hold a law degree earned in an approved Canadian common law program or a Certificate of Qualification issued by the Federation’s National Committee on Accreditation.

Canadian Law School Programs

Canadian Law School Programs

Canada’s law societies have agreed on a National Requirement that graduates of Canadian common law programs must meet to enter law society admission programs. The list of currently approved Canadian law school programs is here.

Canada's Law Societies

Canada’s Law Societies

Every lawyer in Canada and notary in Quebec is required by law to be a member of a law society and to be governed by its rules.

National Criminal Law Program

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National Family Law Program

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