For Lawyers and Students

Membership Status Changes and Renewal

 
In addition to active membership, the Law Society has several categories of membership including the following:

  • Inactive Member
  • Retired Member
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For other categories of membership, please see Law Society Rules 150 (Categories of Membership)

Applying to Become an Inactive Member

An inactive member has all the rights and duties of membership except that the member is not permitted to practice law.

If you would like to change your status to become an inactive member of the Law Society, please complete an Application to Change Membership Status Form (Form P-1) and submit to the Law Society (See Rule 174).

Applying to Become a Retired Member

Rule 173: A Member may apply to become a retired member if the member is either:

  • at least 55 years of age and has been a member of the Society or the judiciary for not less than 10 years immediately preceding the application; or
  • permanently unable to practice law due to disability.

 
A retired member has all the rights and duties of membership except that the member is not:

  • permitted to practise law
  • required to pay the annual fee


If you would like to change your status to become a retired member of the Law Society, please complete an Application to Change Membership Status Form (Form P-1) and submit to the Law Society (See Rule 174).

Resigning Your Membership

A member who has resigned their membership has none of the rights of membership and is not entitled to practise law.

If you would like to resign your membership, please complete an Application to Change Membership Status Form (Form P-1) and submit to the Law Society (See Rule 174).

Reinstating Your Membership

If you have resigned as a member of the Law Society or have reduced your membership to a lesser category of membership, and would like to reinstate your membership, please refer to Rule 175. Note: where an applicant has not been actively practising law within the 5 years immediately preceding the application, there will be a rebuttable presumption that the applicant lacks competency.

If you have ceased to maintain an active membership for more than one year, please complete and submit Application for Reinstatement (long form) (Form P-2).

If you have ceased to maintain an active membership for one year or less, please complete and submit Application for Reinstatement (short form) (Form P-3).

Membership Renewals

Membership with the Law Society is renewed on an annual basis.  Your membership fee invoice is enclosed with your renewal package. Once you receive your renewal package, you complete your renewal online through your Member Profile.