Membership

Practicing – Admission Requirements

Following are the admission requirements prescribed by the Rules of the Law Society of Yukon.

An applicant for admission to the Society under s. 20(1)(a) of the Legal Profession Act must meet the requirements prescribed by Rule 81 of the Rules of the Law Society of Yukon. Once the complete application package is received in our office, it will be considered by the Executive.

All materials must be completed and submitted well in advance of the date that you wish to commence practice in Yukon. Completed applications are considered by the Executive twice a month. It is important to ensure you leave sufficient time between the date you submit your application and your proposed call date, to allow the Executive time to consider your application.

We understand situations may arise that are unexpected and urgent. If an applicant requests consideration of their application outside of a regularly scheduled Executive meeting, the Executive will require, in writing, the reasons why there is a need to expedite the application.

Under the Territorial Mobility Agreement, eligible lawyers who wish to practice law in the Yukon Territory must meet all of the requirements set out in Rule 81, with the exception of the requirement to write the statutes exam. In place of the exam, applicants will be required to complete the reading requirements established by the Executive. Applications are still subject to review and recommendation by the Secretary and approval by the Executive.

Please note that for the application to be complete, the following must be submitted:

1. A written application for admission in Form 11.

2.  Original Certificates of Standing from each Law Society of which the applicant is now or has ever been a member, dated not earlier than 60 days prior to the date the application is made. Please ensure that you sign the Assurance and Authorization – Release of Information attached to the Certificate of Standing.

3. Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s good character satisfactory to the Executive from members in good standing of each of the law societies of which the applicant is a member or from Judges of a Territorial/Provincial or a Superior Court of Record in the jurisdiction in which such society or body operates.

4.  Payment of fees in the amounts

  • Application Fee $300.00
  • Annual Membership Fee $1,100.00
  • Special Fund Levy $100.00
  • Subtotal: $1,500.00
  • GST of 5% $75.00
  • Total: $1,575.00

Upon satisfactory proof being made of the applicant’s completion of the above noted requirements, and approval by the Executive, the Society will provide the applicant with a letter confirming their membership approval.

Please note that after your admission has been approved and before engaging in the practice of law in the Yukon Territory as set out in s. 1(2) of our Legal Profession Act, you are required to attend before a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory and make oath as set out in s. 22(2) of the Legal Profession Act. Applicants must arrange with a local lawyer, in good standing, of the Law Society of Yukon to make an introduction to the presiding Judge at a brief Admission and Call ceremony.

If you are unable to personally attend the call ceremony, you may make application to the Executive to waive the requirement of personal attendance. Please make this request at the time of your application and provide the reason why you are making the request.

Statutes Exams

The following information applies to lawyers not eligible for admission under the Territorial Mobility Agreement who are required to write the Statutes Exam.

The exam is a three-hour, open-book exam. It consists of true/false type answers with explanations and naming of statutes. You can access the statutes in most law libraries or the internet. It is recommended that you write the exam prior to submitting your application.

When you are prepared to write the exam, please provide the Law Society with the name, address, and phone number of a lawyer who is willing to oversee you writing the exam. The exam, instructions, and a Certificate will be sent to this individual. The invigilator will then return the exam for marking together with the completed Certificate.

You must achieve a mark of 70% or greater. You will be notified as to the outcome.

Canadian Legal Advisor

Pursuant to the Territorial Mobility Agreement, a lawyer who is a member of the Law Society of Quebec and holds a civil law degree obtained in Canada can practice in Yukon by applying for admission as a Canadian Legal Advisor.

A Canadian Legal Advisor shall not, in respect of his or her membership in the Society or practice of law in Yukon, refer to themselves other than as a Canadian Legal Advisor and will not engage in the practice of law except as permitted under Rules 81(4) or (4.1).

Please note that for the application to be complete, the following must be submitted:

1. A written application for admission in Form 11B.

2. Original Certificates of Standing from each Law Society of which the applicant is now or has ever been a member, dated not earlier than 60 days prior to the date the application is made.  Please ensure that you sign the Assurance and Authorization – Release of Information attached to the Certificate of Standing.

3. Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s good character satisfactory to the Executive from members in good standing of each of the law societies of which the applicant is a member or from Judges of a Territorial/Provincial or a Superior Court of Record in the jurisdiction in which such society or body operates.

4. Payment of fees in the amounts

  • Application Fee $300.00
  • Annual Membership Fee $1,100.00
  • Special Fund Levy $100.00
  • Subtotal: $1,500.00
  • GST of 5% $75.00
  • Total: $1,575.00

Upon satisfactory proof being made of the applicant’s completion of the above noted requirements, and approval by the Executive, the Society will provide the applicant with a letter confirming their membership approval.

Please note that after your admission has been approved and before engaging in the practice of law in the Yukon Territory as set out in s. 1(2) of our Legal Profession Act, you are required to attend before a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory and make oath as set out in s. 22(2) of the Legal Profession Act. Applicants must arrange with a local lawyer, in good standing, of the Law Society of Yukon to make an introduction to the presiding Judge at a brief Admission and Call ceremony.

If you are unable to personally attend the call ceremony, you may make application to the Executive to waive the requirement of personal attendance. Please make this request at the time of your application and provide the reason why you are making the request.

Requirements for Applicants with Non-Canadian Law Degrees

Legal qualifications received from an institution outside Canada need to be assessed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, of which Yukon is a member. This body deals with applications from persons who have received legal education outside Canada and wish to qualify for practice in Canada. Further information can be found on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s website at www.flsc.ca.

Once an applicant has received a National Committee of Accreditation Certificate of Qualification they can apply to the Law Society of Yukon to become an Articled Student.  Please refer to the Student-at-Law section for admission requirements.