Provided that all criteria are met, a student will be eligible for admission as a lawyer upon completion of his or her 12 months of articles (temporarily reduced to a minimum of 8 months in direct response to COVID-19 for those students who complete or commence their articles in 2020) and the PREP Bar admission course.
The Law Society requires an articling student to apply under Rules 714 and 729 in order to be admitted as a lawyer.
A student may apply for admission as a lawyer prior to completing his or her articles. The application will be accepted by the Law Society “subject to further compliance with the Rules”. The Law Society Membership Officer will advise the student as to what will be necessary to finalize the application.
Students enrolled in the Saskatchewan CPLED Bar admission course must provide the Law Society with an Affidavit of Attendance of the Program as part of the Application for Admission as a Lawyer (Rule 714)(b)(iii)). Students will be given the Affidavit of Attendance to be completed at the conclusion of Module 9 of the Saskatchewan CPLED Bar Admissions Program and submitted to the Director of Bar Admissions. Consequently, when completing Page 1, item (b) on Form A-8 of the Application, simply write in “To Be Filed” and initial it.
The Executive Director of the Law Society receives and reviews all applications for admission as a lawyer and, pursuant to Subrule 729(3), has discretion to approve, approve with conditions or deny any applications for admission as a lawyer, or to direct the Chair of the Admissions and Education Committee to strike a hearing panel to hear and determine the application pursuant to Rules 731 to 741. In the event that an application is referred to a hearing panel, the application will be subject to delay. It is strongly recommended, if there are special circumstances surrounding an application, that the application be provided to The Law Society well in advance of any impending deadline set out in the Rules in order to minimize any potential delay in being admitted as a lawyer.
Students must submit the Application for Admission as a Lawyer (Form A-8) and the Affidavit of Lawyer or Member of the Judiciary with whom they served (Form A-9) along with the application fee of $175 plus $8.75 GST for a total fee of $183.75.
Once all the requirements outlined above have been met, students must sign the Law Society Roll at the Law Society office in Regina:
1100-2002 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 0R7
Phone: (306) 569-8242 or 1-833-733-0133
Fax: (306) 352-2989
Emails: General Inquiries – email@example.com
An appointment to sign the Roll will NOT be scheduled until the student’s Application for Admission as a Lawyer has been submitted and approved. (In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have developed a modified process to be admitted to the Bar which will not require attendance at the Law Society Office to sign the Roll until a later date.) The enrolment fee, the prorated annual fee and the prorated levy for errors and omissions insurance must be paid. Once the Roll is signed and all required fees are paid, newly admitted lawyers will be entitled to practice in Saskatchewan. Please contact Cheryl Eberle (Membership Officer) for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ceremonies formally presenting newly admitted lawyers to the Court will be conducted in the fall. The local bar association will notify newly admitted lawyers and their firms of the dates and times of these ceremonies.