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Law students interested in taking the next step to becoming a lawyer in Saskatchewan must consider five key steps. Please refer to either the 2018-2019 CPLED Bar Admissions Calendar or the 2019-2020 CPLED Bar Admissions Calendar for a complete list of relevant dates and deadlines.

The five key steps:

  1. Make sure you are eligible
  2. Apply to become a Student-at-law
  3. Secure your articling position and submit proof of entry into articles
  4. Complete the CPLED Bar Admissions Program
  5. Apply for admission as a lawyer

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. See the section below for more information.

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 you are in compliance with all the rules set out by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

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 Society of Saskatchewan, Law Society of Manitoba and Law Society of 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.

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.