Lawyers have a vital responsibility in the society. They lend a hand in shielding people’s rights, and they also help general public and organizations follow the rules that are enacted. Practicing law is one of the prestigious professions in the world and it has many challenges to be faced by the students.
In this article we will be seeing how to become a lawyer in Canada, as a few of my friends are Canadian and have really talked up this profession (apparently the job prospects are pretty high there).
To study law in Canada consists of the following steps:
First you need to enroll in a two to four year’s of undergraduate studies. There is no limit on which major you are in, but it is mandatory for you to develop strong analytical and reasoning skills. But it is highly recommended that your undergraduate course somehow relates to the tough standards and skills needed to becoming a lawyer. It takes hard work and time in finishing studies and practicing law, but once you finish it, you will be awarded with a fabulous career.
Two law professions are pursued in Canada. They are civil law and common law. Common law is derived from British legal system and is followed in almost all provinces and civil law is derived from French legal system. All Canada lawyers need to have a degree in common law and lawyers from Quebec need to have a degree in crime law. There are many law schools in Canada including 16 common law schools and 6 civil law schools.
The minimum requirements for entering a law school is taking the common exam called LSAT. It stands for Law school admission test. The minimum marks needed for eligibility varies from one school to other. The students are also advised to be a part of chess clubs, or other extracurricular activities as they give an added advantage and practice strategy.
The successive steps after finishing the law school are completing articling, attending bar admission course and exam and registering yourself in the province with which you want to work. You should also maintain a community involvement, such as charity, and also produce a personal statement. Getting a licensing degree is the next step after finishing a law school.
The licensing process is enrolling yourselves in the law society of the province in which you wish to practice law. The law society is the organization which monitors all the rules to be followed by the lawyers and provides a moral code of conduct for all in the profession.
Lawyers who are not enrolled in the society are forbidden in practicing law. Following the law school graduation, you are required to fulfill an apprenticeship program called articling. It is of one year duration and you need to be working under a practicing lawyer. It is aimed at gaining experience on various aspects of law.
The articling is followed by the bar admission course and an exam conducted based on the course. It includes all the necessary skills to be incorporated to every lawyer. You are then admitted to the law society and are allowed to practice law in the province. Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is considered as the most prestigious law school in Canada.
This is a lot of work, but it can be a very rewarding career. My friends that are entering the profession say that the possibility of high financial rewards is good, which they hope will lead to them being able to do some free work to help the poorer people, or those finding themselves in awkward situations.
Thanks for reading.