To become a member of the legal profession in Alberta, you must:
- Be of good character and reputation,
- Meet the academic qualifications,
- Have obtained a Canadian common law degree or an equivalent qualification. If you have a foreign law degree, visit our Internationally Trained Lawyers and Graduates page for more information.
- Successfully complete a bar admission course,
- Serve a term of articles.
- A complete term of articles is 12 month (15 months if part of the articling term is with a court). While many students will complete their articling year at a single firm or organization, there are other options such as composite articles and secondments that students and employers can pursue.
More details on becoming a Student-at-Law are available in the Legal Profession Act, sections 37(1) and 40(1).
To apply to become a Student-at-Law, you must complete two electronic applications on the Lawyer Portal:
- Application for Admission as a Student-at-Law
- Articling Agreement Application
Your principal will be notified of your application by email. Your principal must also complete the Articling Agreement Application. After the articling term has finished, your principal must certify that the student has met the requirements in the Lawyer Portal.
Your application must be received by the Law Society at least 30 days prior to the proposed start date for your articles.
Students will be required to pay when they apply to complete the application process. Payment arrangements are between students and principals. Acceptable payment options are: Interac, Visa or Mastercard.
For admission fees, please consult the fee schedule.
Additional Submission Requirements
Proof of Identification: provide a notarized copy of a birth certificate, passport or driver’s licence on which your full legal name appears. Please submit this document through the Lawyer Portal.
Police Check/Criminal Record Check: a police check should come from the applicant’s home province, if other than Alberta, to ensure useful information is provided, and must be dated within 90 days of your application to become a Student-at-Law. Please submit this document through the Lawyer Portal. If you are not able to upload a document at the time of your application, please scan your document to Membership.
Certificate of Standing: from each governing body of which you are or have been a member, inside and/or outside of Canada. Please submit this document through the Lawyer Portal. If you are not able to upload a document at the time of your application, please scan your document to Membership.
An original transcript: for holders of a Canadian common law degree, you must request an original transcript confirming your law degree be sent by your University directly to the Law Society.
If you are unable to provide an official transcript confirming your law degree from a Canadian University, we will accept written confirmation from the Dean of your law school that you have met all requirements of the degree (Dean’s letter) until you are able to provide official transcripts indicating law degree conferred.
For holders of a civil law or foreign law degree, an NCA certificate must be provided by the Federation of Law Societies.
For holders of a civil law or foreign law degree, if you have not yet received your NCA certificate, we will accept written confirmation from the NCA until we receive your official certificate.
Please complete your application online in the Lawyer Portal as we are no longer accepting Student-at-law applications in paper form. If you are not able to upload a document at the time of your application, please scan your document to Membership.
If you have responded “yes” to any of the questions listed on your application for admission, you must provide full disclosure and include all official documentation. This may include court documents, bankruptcy discharge documentation, academic misconduct information and medical reports.