It is the Law Society's responsibility to protect the public interest by ensuring its members meet and maintain high standards of competency and integrity.
Steps to Becoming a Lawyer in Saskatchewan
For Law students interested in taking the next step to becoming a lawyer in Saskatchewan, there are 5 key steps that should be considered. Please refer to the Bar Admissions Calendar for a complete list of relevant dates and deadlines.
- Make sure you are eligible
- Apply to become a student at Law (Rule 151)
- Secure your articling position and submit proof of entry into articles (Rule 153)
- Complete the Bar Admissions Program (Rule 159)
- Apply for Admissions as a Lawyer (Rules 161 and 176)
Step 1: Make sure you are eligible
You must be able to provide either your proof of graduation from a common law faculty of a Canadian university; or Certificate of Qualification issued by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) if your law degree was acquired outside Canada.
Step 2: Apply to become a Student-at-Law (Rule 151)
You must be registered with The Law Society of Saskatchewan as a student-at-law before you can article in Saskatchewan or attend the Saskatchewan CPLED Bar Admissions Program.
Step 3: Secure your articling position and submit proof of entry into articles (Rule 153)
It is up to you to obtain an articling position and ensure that all of the Rules set out by the Law Society of Saskatchewan are complied with.
Step 4: Complete the CPLED Bar Admissions Program (Rule 159)
The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) is an organization made up of the Law Societies of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta along with the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA). CPLED is responsible for the development and administration of the bar admissions program in all three provinces. CPLED strives to ensure that all entry level lawyers possess the competencies required and expected by the law societies, members of the legal profession and the general public.
Please refer to the Bar Admissions Calendar for the deadline to apply to the CPLED Bar Admissions Program.
Step 5: Apply for Admission as a Lawyer (Rules 161 and 176)
Provided that all criteria are met, students will be eligible for admission as a lawyer upon completion of their articles and the CPLED Bar Admissions Program.