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Student Admission to the Law Society

First-year students cannot become student members of the Law Society.  Second, third, and articling students can apply for admission to become student-at-law.

Eligible students must complete the following forms and submit them to the Law Society, which will be provided to the Education Committee for approval.

Forms Documentation
Form 6 03A Student Admission Fee $345.00 (includes HST)
Form 6.03B Photo of passport type
Form 6.03C (two sponsors) Official transcript
Form 6.05A

For more information, please see Lawyers & Students > Admission to the Profession

Is there a fee to become a student member (student-at-law)?

Yes, there is a fee to become a student-at-law member of the Law Society.  For students, that fee is currently $345.00 ($300.00 + $45.00 HST).

Please note that fees are subject to change and applicants should contact the Law Society to confirm exact amounts owed.

Library Access

If I am a student, can I have access to the Law Library?

Yes, please see the Law Library page for more information.

Articling

I want to apply as an articling student with the Law Society – what are the requirements?

In order to be accepted as an articling student you must have a law degree from an accredited legal institution (as recognized by the Education Committee), be over the age of 19, an approved articling principal, and an education plan.  You will need to provide the required application forms and all required documentation, information, and applicable fees to the Education Committee.  Once approved by the Education Committee as a student-at-law, then you can begin receiving credit for your articles.

For more information, please see the questions and see Lawyers & Students > Admission to the Profession on our website.

How long is the required articling period?

A student must complete 12 months of articling (which includes the 7-week Bar Admission Course).  Articling time is counted month to month (ex. June 1 – July 1 = 1 month of articling)

How do I start earning credit for articling?

Articling time can only start being counted after the student has been approved by the Education Committee as a student-at-law.

When can a student receive credit for articling?

Credit toward service of articles can be given for a maximum of 3 months following the second year of law school.  A continuous period of at least 9 months service of articles must occur after graduating from law school.

Please note:

Credit toward articles cannot be given retroactively for any service done before the Education Committee approves an application.

Do I have to submit any reports or documents during my articling period?

Once approved as a student-at-law, you must complete and provide to the Education Committee an education plan at various times throughout the 12 months of articling.  This is done by completing the forms listed below.

What do I do if I change my principal during my articles?

Students who change principals throughout their 12 months of articling must complete the following form and submit to the Law Society:

Do I need to notify the Law Society if I need to make changes to my articling?

A student-at-law must notify the Law Society in writing whenever they commence, finish or recommence articling.

Can I be absent from articles?

All absences must be approved by your articling principal.  Any absence greater than one week must approved by the Education Committee.

Articling is governed by Rule 6 of the Rules of the Law Society.  See Rule 6.06 for guidance on absences.

Bar Admission Course

When is the Bar Admission Course held?

The Bar Admission Course is held in October and November (7 weeks).  It consists of in-class work and exams on all areas of the law and legal practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Do I have to attend all of the sessions of the Bar Admission Course?

Students are expected to be in class Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm for the duration of the Bar Admission Course.  Additional work outside of the hours will be required to prepare for assignments and the required exams.

Due to the nature of the workload and requirements, it is also not possible for a student to start late and complete the Bar Admission Course.  If you are unable to start the course at the start date, you will be required to take it the next time it is offered.

Can I work during the Bar Admission Course?

The Rules of the Law Society do not prohibit working during the Bar Admission Course, however, the BAC is an intensive educational experience and requires a great deal of work and study.  Therefore, paid work is not recommended for the 7 weeks.  Normally, most students and principals dedicate the duration of the Bar Admission Course for course requirements.

What do I do if I require special accommodation for the Bar Exam?

Rule 6.10(3) allows for the request of special accommodations to be made in order to facilitate the completion of the bar exam.  All accommodation requests must meet the Bar Admissions Course Accommodation policy.

The application and required supporting documentation are to be submitted to the Education Committee care of the Director of Professional Responsibility on or before August 1 of the year in which the student will be participating in the BAC.

For further information, please see the policy, the Bar Admission Course information page on our website, or direct questions to Andrea Mercer (Administrative Assistant, Education).

The application requires me to declare why I am requesting accommodation to the Education Committee – will my reasons by kept confidential?

Yes, the Law Society takes the protection of student information very seriously.  While you do need to declare your reasons for requesting accommodation, those reasons will be known only the Professional Responsibility department staff and the members of the Education Committee.  The Education Committee only requires information that is reasonably necessary to consider the request for accommodation.

I missed the Bar Admission Course in October, can I take it in the spring?

No, as the Bar Admission Course for Newfoundland and Labrador is only offered once a year in October and November.  If you missed the Bar Admission Course for any reason you must wait and take the course the following autumn.

How much does the Bar Admission Course cost?

The Bar Course fees consist of a course fee of $2587.50 ($2250.00 + $337.50 HST).  This fee is required to be paid at least 14 days before the course.

Please note that fees are subject to change and applicants should contact the Law Society to confirm the exact amounts owed.

Call to the Bar

I’ve completed the Bar Course and my articles, now what?

After the Bar Admission Course is completed, a report of the examiners of the Bar Admission Committee is presented to the Education Committee.  The report is then usually approved by Benchers following which the grades of the Bar Admission Course are released to students.  When all of the requirements have been met you will be assigned a Call to the Bar ceremony where you will be officially recognized as a practicing member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

See Admission to the Profession for more information

I failed one of the bar course exams – can I do a rewrite?

Yes, per Rules 6.13/6.15/6.15, students may request a supplementary exam(s).  Requests to take supplementary exams must be directed to the Education Committee and permission is to be determined by the Education Committee.

For further information, please contact Andrea Mercer (Administrative Assistant, Education).

When are the Call to the Bar ceremonies held?

There are 4 Call to the Bar ceremonies a year: February, April, June, and October.  Which ceremony you will be assigned to will depend on when you complete all articling requirements and when you are eligible to be called.

See Admission to the Profession for more information.

I’ve been Called to the Bar – is there a fee?

Yes, there is a fee for being Called to the Bar.  This fee consists of $718.75 ($625.00 + $93.75 HST), to be paid upon completion of articling.  Please note that fees are subject to change and applicants should contact the Law Society to confirm exact amounts owed.

 

Other

Is a student-at-law permitted to appear before certain courts and administrative tribunals?

In order to make student appearances, a student-at-law must have already received their law degree from a Canadian law school or other university approved by the Education Committee and already completed at least 3 months of articling.  See Part VII – Appearances by Non-Members, Rule 7 of the Law Society Rules for the rules governing student appearances.