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).
The application must be received by the Law Society at least 30 days prior to the proposed start date for your articles.
The Law Society’s Executive Director can abridge the 30 day rule if requested, but requires a written application explaining the exceptional circumstances for not being able to comply with the 30 day rule. This application must be signed by you and your potential principal. For further information, consult Rule 51 of the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta.
For admission fees, please consult the fee schedule.
|Form #||Form Name||Details|
|2-1||Application for Admission (Form 2-1)||Completed by student|
|2-5 / 2-6||Education Plan (Form 2-5/2-6)||Completed by student and principal|
|2-8 / 2-9||Articles of Clerkship (Form 2-8/2-9)||Completed by student and principal|
Additional Submission Requirements
Proof of Identification: provide an original notarized copy of a birth certificate, passport or driver license on which your full legal name appears. Original notarized documents must be mailed, couriered or hand-delivered to the Calgary office. Official law school transcripts must also be mailed to the Calgary office.
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.
Certificate of Standing: from each governing body of which you are or have been a member, inside and/or outside of Canada.
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.
Please submit this information by mail or email to the attention of Membership Services.
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.