As a Lawyer, you already know that every country has its own laws and judicial system. The challenges you will face in qualifying to practice in Canada will depend on whether the legal system of your first country is Common Law, Civil Law, religious law or a combination. Except for the province of Quebec, Canada’s legal system is based in Common Law.
In the province of Nova Scotia, the best place to start the process is at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. The Pathway to Licensure diagram will help point out your options. An Employment Specialist at ISANS can help you figure out the pathway(s) that can work for you.
- Employment Counselling
- Job Search workshops on-site and online
- Practice Interviews
- Work Placements
- Professional Mentors
- Career Pathways Loan Fund
Observership Program for Internationally Trained Lawyers
Other Useful Websites for Internationally Trained Lawyers
This program is specifically designed for internationally qualified lawyers and law graduates planning to write the National Committee on Accreditation’s 5 mandatory examinations.
The Online NCA Exam Prep Program offers instruction in the following subjects:
- Foundations of Canadian Law
- Canadian Constitutional Law
- Canadian Administrative Law
- Canadian Criminal Law
- Professional Responsibility
Helpful Resources & Articles
Mixed Jurisdictions: Common vs Civil Law – by William Tetley
Tips for Lawyers Re-qualifying in Canada – by Alice Toal
Information for Internationally Trained Lawyers – by Janet Kravetz
Alternative Careers for Lawyers – By Janice Mucalov, LL.B., September 2009
For several years now, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and ISANS have been leading an effort to make changes and improve licensure processes. ISANS and other key stakeholders participate actively on this Work Group to identify barriers and develop solutions. Read more…