Governing Canada's Legal Profession in the Public Interest
Canada's 14 provincial and territorial law societies govern over 100,000 lawyers and 4,000 Quebec notaries in the public interest. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is their national coordinating body. The Federation leads the development of high national standards of regulation to ensure that all Canadians are served by a competent, honourable and independent legal profession.
Consultations on amendments to the Model Code of Professional Conduct
The Model Code sets a national standard for rules of professional conduct. Consultations on proposed amendments to the Model Code are open until November 24, 2014. More information is available here.
National Mobility of the Legal Profession
In a ceremony held October 18, 2013, representatives from Canadian law society signed the new National Mobility Agreement 2013. Once implemented in all jurisdictions, the new agreement will expand mobility rights to permit Canadian lawyers to transfer between Quebec and the common law provinces with ease regardless of whether they were trained in Canadian common law or civil law. Details are here
National Standards for Admission to the Legal Profession
As Canada’s national mobility regime for the legal profession requires each law society to recognize the credentials of members wherever they were initially licensed to practise law in Canada, the Federation is leading initiatives to ensure that admission standards are consistent across the country.
Approving Canadian Common Law Programs
Canada’s law have societies agreed on a uniform National Requirement that graduates of Canadian common law programs must meet to enter law society admission programs, effective in 2015. The National Requirement specifies competencies and skills that graduates must have attained, and details the academic program and learning resources law schools must have in place. You can learn more about the approval process here.