Practising Law in Manitoba
To practise law in Manitoba you must be a member of the Law Society of Manitoba.
Below you will find a general overview of the process that is required to become a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, including time and cost estimates.
Note: Timelines are estimates only, all fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice. The fees do not include other costs such as translation, travel or other personal expenses.
|Time Frame||Approx. 2.5 years|
|Eligible to work as lawyer||Following step 3|
STEP 1: National Committee on Accreditation – Certificate of Qualification
Internationally trained applicants must obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation that verifies that their academic training is equivalent to Canadian academic training. The NCA assessment takes into account your academic credentials and your professional experience.
The NCA will assess your academic qualifications and will either provide you with a Certificate of Qualification or will advise you that you need to take further education and/or examinations to obtain your Certificate of Qualification.
a) Submit Application for Assessment of Legal Credentials
b) Submit required documentation
c) Remit assessment fee ($350.00)
The assessment process will be completed in approximately 6 – 8 weeks after all documentation is received by the NCA office.
If the NCA issues you a Certificate of Qualification, there is no further cost at this stage. If you are required to take further education or examinations, the additional cost are typically $2000-$3000. However they may be much higher depending on if you demonstrate competence by taking courses in a Canadian Law school or if you demonstrate competence through the NCA’s examinations.
|6 – 8 weeks||NCA assessment||$350.00|
|2 years (on average)||Additional examinations and/or education||Typically $2,000-$3000 but may be much more|
STEP 2: Articling and PREP
Once you have obtained your Certificate of Qualification, the next step is to complete 52 weeks of articling with a Manitoba lawyer and to successfully complete the Practice Readiness Education Program.
To be admitted as an articling student, you will need to be a person of good character and fit to practise law, you must have a Certificate of Qualification and you will need to find a Manitoba lawyer who can act as your principal (supervisor) for a period of 52 weeks.
a) Submit an Application for Admission as an Articling Student
b) Attach required documentation
- A notarized copy of photo identification which includes your full name.
- Original transcripts with final grades from all post-secondary institutions attended sent directly to the Law Society from the educational institution or from the National Committee of Accreditation. A web transcript may be provided pending receipt of your transcript.
- Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation
- Criminal record check sent directly to the Law Society from the RCMP Real Time Identification Service (National finger-print based) ($63.00) 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.
- Certificate of Standing provided directly to the Law Society from each jurisdiction where you have practised (applicants who have practised law in any other jurisdiction).
- Certificate of Character
- Confirmation of Articles *
- Articling Agreement *
- Education Plan *
- The non-refundable application fee ($105.00)
*You may submit your application prior to accepting an articling position. However, you will not be admitted and able to start your articling until you have provided the Law Society a Confirmation of Articles, Articling Agreement and Education Plan.
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
A Manitoba lawyer must submit an application to the Law Society to be approved to act as a principal.
The Law Society will assess your qualifications to be admitted as an articling student. If you are admitted as an articling student, you will receive written approval from the Director of Admissions and confirmation of your articling start date. If your proposed principal is approved, the Law Society will notify you and the principal in writing.
|Up to 6 months||Obtain criminal records check||$63.00|
|3 weeks minimum||Admissions assessment||$105.00|
To be admitted to the PREP program, you must register with the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education.
(a) Submit registration form
(b) Attach required documentation
(c) Remit tuition fee $3,500.00**
|**Balance of PREP||$1,975.00|
**Articling and PREP must be undertaken in the same time period. You may register for and complete the Foundation Modules of PREP before you have a confirmed articling position, for a non-refundable fee of $1,525.00. If you do not have a confirmed articling position at the end of the Foundation Modules (approximately 12 weeks), you will not be permitted to complete the PREP program. If you secure an articling position at a later date you will be required to wait until the next offering of PREP and complete the entire program at that time.
Completing Articling and PREP
To successfully complete articling you must:
(a) submit an education plan (completed by you and your principal) within two weeks of starting your articles
(b) complete 52 weeks of full-time articles
(c) complete the mid-term review of education plan
(d) submit a Certificate of Completion of Articles (prepared by your principal)
(e) submit a Final Assessment of Education Plan (prepared by you)
To successfully complete PREP you must:
(a) successfully complete the required modules and evaluations
(b) successfully complete the capstone assessment
|52 weeks||Article under supervision||Not Applicable|
|10 months||Complete PREP program||Not Applicable|
Exemptions from Articling
You may apply for an exemption from the 52 week articling requirement based upon your practising experience and your NCA assessment. However, it is the Law Society’s policy to require applicants to article for a minimum of six months. This policy recognizes that there are significant differences between the practice of law in Manitoba and foreign jurisdictions and that a significant period of articles is required for an articling student to obtain the necessary practising experience in Manitoba.
(a) submit application to be admitted as an articling student
(b) attach required documentation (see complete list provided in Step 2) (a) Articling)
(c) submit application for exemption from Articling and attached required documentation:
- summary of practice experience
- At least two letters from lawyers supporting request for exemption
- application fee ($367.50)
STEP 3: Admission as a Lawyer – Call to the Bar
Once you have successfully completed articling and PREP, you will be eligible to be called to the bar and admitted as a solicitor in Manitoba if you remain a person of good character and are fit and proper to practise law.
(a) submit application and petition for call and admission
(b) remit call to the bar fee ($630.00)
(c) submit application to commence active practice
(d) certificate of completion of articles (if applicable)
(e) submit final assessment of education plan
|4 weeks||Call assessment||$630.00|