Law students interested in taking the next step to becoming a lawyer in Saskatchewan must consider five key steps.
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.
You must be registered with the Law Society of Saskatchewan as a Student-at-law before you can article in Saskatchewan. See the section below for more information.
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.
Students seeking admission to the Bar must successfully complete the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) Bar admission course from the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED).
PREP is a nine-month course, consisting of four phases where students develop the competencies required to be admitted to the Bar as an entry-level lawyer. Students can begin PREP in either June or December. For more information and to register visit www.cpled.ca.
Provided that all criteria are met, students will be eligible for admission as a lawyer upon completion of their articles and the PREP Bar admission course.
*Please note, effective June 2021, the Law Society has added a recency requirement to its Rules related to completion of the PREP Bar admission course. Specifically, Saskatchewan students-at-law that complete PREP more than five years prior to their application for admission as a Lawyer will be required to re-take and successfully complete PREP, unless exceptional circumstances exist that justify something less than completion of the full program. For more information, please review the requirements under Rule 714 of the Law Society of Saskatchewan Rules or contact the Law Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.