If your law degree is from outside of Canada you will need to complete the accreditation requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation through the Federation of Canadian Law Societies. Please note that you must first obtain a Certificate of Qualification through the NCA process before being permitted to article in Manitoba.
Your application, supporting documents and fees must be submitted at least three (3) weeks before your anticipated articling start date.
To apply for admission as an articling student, you will need to complete the Application for Admission as an Articling Student and provide original documentation and information listed below. In addition to completing your articles, you will also need to complete the Practice Readiness education Program (PREP) administered by CPLED. You need to apply directly to CPLED to be enrolled in (PREP).
As it takes time to obtain all of the required documentation, you are encouraged to start collecting it well in advance of your anticipated start date to avoid delays in the admission process. Incomplete or missing documents may delay the approval process. All required documentation and fees must be received by the Law Society at least three weeks before your anticipated articling start date. You may start articling only after you have received written approval from the Law Society.
You must complete the application process with utmost good faith and with full disclosure. Omissions or inaccuracies may be grounds for rejection of your application. See Good Character Guidelines
The Law Society’s Commitment to Reconciliation and the Good Character Requirement
The Law Society of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity and diversity and working toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Law Society recognizes that there is a need for greater diversity within the legal profession and encourages Indigenous applicants and others from racialized and marginalized groups to seek admission to the legal profession. The Law Society wishes all potential applicants to be aware that there is no absolute bar to admission and that when assessing whether an applicant meets the good character requirement the Law Society considers the historical and social factors that have affected an applicant.
If you have any questions or concerns about the good character requirement you are encouraged to contact the Law Society. For more information or to discuss your particular circumstances contact:
Director | Admissions and Membership
- A notarized copy of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, which sets out your full name.
- Original transcripts showing all degrees granted and final grades received from all post-secondary institutions attended. The transcripts must be received by the Law Society directly from the educational institution or made available from the National Committee of Accreditation.
To expedite the timing of your approval you may provide an unofficial web transcript showing your final grades. Please note: provision of an unofficial web transcript will not eliminate the requirement to provide the final official transcript showing the date your degree was awarded once that transcript becomes available.
- For internationally trained applicants, a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation.
- A national finger-print based Criminal Record Check. This is to be sent directly to the Law Society from the RCMP Real Time Identification Service. To have your record check sent directly to the Law Society, you must submit a third party letter of authorization. Refer to the CCRTIS website for information regarding electronic fingerprinting services.
- For applicants who have practised law in any other jurisdiction, a Certificate of Standing provided directly to the Law Society from each jurisdiction where you have practised law.
- A Certificate of Good Character
- A Confirmation of Articles *
- An Articling Agreement *
- An Education Plan *
- The non-refundable application fee ($105.00) see accepted payment methods
*You may submit your application prior to accepting an articling position. However, you will not be eligible for admission until you have provided the Confirmation of Articles, Articling Agreement and Education Plan to the Law Society.
How to Submit Your Application
Please send your application, along with the required documentation to:
The Law Society of Manitoba
Attention: Admissions and Membership
200 – 260 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0M6