For the second time in a year, the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (Federation) has set the stage for development of a new common law degree program in Canada. The Council has adopted the recommendations of a committee that reviewed an application for a new program from the Université de Montréal. The Université de Montréal has been conferring law degrees in Quebec civil law since 1879 through its Faculty of Law and it now wants to issue law degrees in common law so its holders can apply for admission to law societies in common law provinces and territories.
The Federation’s recommendation for approval will now go to the individual law societies for their review and approval, as they have the ultimate authority to recognize Canadian law degrees conferred upon individuals seeking admission to law society bar admission programs.
Last year the Federation Council adopted committee recommendations that led to the creation of new common law programs at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Until then, it had been more than 30 years since a new faculty of law had been approved in Canada.