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The Bar Admission Course (“BAC”) for Newfoundland and Labrador is offered once a year in the fall. The BAC is a 7 week intensive educational experience in which students cover practical material on provincial and federal law.

To pass the BAC, students must pass examinations in family law, commercial law, civil procedure, criminal law, administrative law and real estate/wills. Each exam is 3½ hours long and focuses on the lecture presentations, the BAC materials and approximately 80 provincial and federal statutes and regulations.

The goal of the BAC is to give new lawyers a comprehensive overview of Newfoundland and Labrador and federal law and procedure and transfer to them the necessary information to ensure entry level competence in the profession. The BAC is intensive, practical and relevant to what a new lawyer will see in practice. We attempt to have the BAC be an enjoyable experience for the students and the judges, lawyers, and other professionals whose contributions make the BAC a success.

General Information on the Bar Admission Course and Bar Admission Examinations

The following points are meant to provide general information about the BAC and examinations. Further information and more details shall be made available to those students who will be participating in the BAC as the commencement date for the course approaches.

(1) The BAC is held once per year. It usually commences in late September or early October and runs for a period of seven weeks, until the latter part of November. The Law Society reserves the right to change the dates of the BAC in any given year.

(2) Attendance at the BAC is mandatory for all students seeking admission to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar.

(3) The Bar Admission examinations are written during the BAC.

(4) The BAC generally runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, unless otherwise indicated.

(5) Time spent at the BAC is included in, and counts as credit toward, the twelve (12) month articling period requirement.

(6) The BAC covers various subject areas, and the curriculum may vary from year to year. Generally speaking, the main areas covered are those of criminal law and practice, civil procedure and practice, family law, corporate and commercial law, wills and probate, real estate, landlord and tenant practice, indigenous cultural competency, risk management, administrative law, labour and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, professional ethics, as well as lawyering skills and practice management.

(7) Materials used in the BAC (the “Bar Admission materials”), which cover many of the subject areas dealt with in the BAC, shall be made available to students before the commencement of and/or during the BAC.

(8) In addition to the Bar Admission materials, students shall be provided with a list of statutes for which they will be responsible in the BAC and Bar Admission examinations. The list of statutes shall be provided to students prior to the BAC.

(9) Students should notify the Law Society in writing of their intention to attend at the BAC. This should be done as soon as possible after the student commences (or recommences) articles subsequent to completion of the third year of law school.

(10) While the style and format of the Bar Admission examinations, which are set and administered during the BAC, may vary from year to year, typically there are six examinations written during the BAC. These examinations may deal with any of the subject topics listed above in paragraph (vi), or any other topics which are dealt with in the BAC. In previous years the main subject topics for examination purposes have been:

  1. ) Family Law
  2. ) Corporate Matters and Commercial Law and Financing
  3. ) Real Estate, Landlord and Tenant Practice and Wills and Estates
  4. ) Criminal Practice and Procedure
  5. ) Civil Practice and Procedure
  6. ) Administrative Law

Please note that this is not necessarily the order in which the examinations will be written, and that questions on the examinations may also draw from other subject areas.

(11) After the Bar Admission examinations have been graded, a report of the examiners of the BAC is presented to the Education Committee. The report is then usually approved by Education Committee, following which the results of the Bar Admission examinations are released to students.

(12) Rule 6.12 addresses the issue of cheating in the Bar Admission examinations and rules 6.13, 6.14 and 6.15 address the issue of supplementary examinations.

(13) A Bar Admission Course fee $2,250.00 + 337.50 HST = $2,587.50 is payable at least fourteen (14) days before the course commences.

Call to the Bar Ceremonies

There are 4 Call to the Bar ceremonies a year:

  • February
  • April
  • June
  • October

Call to the Bar Fee:

$718.75 ($625.00 + 93.75 HST)

The Call to the Bar fee must be paid at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the Call to the Bar.