Bar Admission Course

The Bar Admission Course for Newfoundland and Labrador is offered once a year in October and November. The Bar Course is a 7 week intensive educational experience in which students cover practical material on provincial and federal law.

Bar Admission Course Examinations

  • Family Law
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Real Estate & Wills

Please Note:
The Bar Admission Course Examinations are written during the Bar Admission Course.

Bar Admission Course Fee
$2,250.00 + 337.50 (HST) = $2,587.50

The Bar Admission Course fee must be paid at least fourteen (14) days before the Bar Course commences.

Bar Admission Course

The Bar Admission Course for Newfoundland and Labrador is offered once a year in October and November. The Bar Course is a 7 week intensive educational experience in which students cover practical material on provincial and federal law.

To pass the Bar Course, students must pass examinations in Family Law, Commercial Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Administrative Law and Real Estate/Wills.  Each exam is 3½ hours long and focuses on the lecture presentations, the Bar Admission Course materials and the approximately 80 provincial and federal statutes and regulations covered in the Bar Course.  The Bar Admission Course materials consist of 11 separate volumes and cover thousands of pages of materials.

The goal of the Bar Course is to give new lawyers a comprehensive overview of Newfoundland and Labrador and federal law and procedure and transfer to them the necessary information to ensure entry level competence in the profession.  The Bar Course is intensive, practical and relevant to what a new lawyer will see in practice.  We attempt to have the Bar Course be an enjoyable experience for the students and the judges, lawyers and other professionals whose contributions make the Bar Course a success.

General Information on the Bar Admission Course and Bar Admission Examinations

The following points are meant to provide general information about the Bar Admission Course and Examinations. Further information and more details concerning the Bar Admission Course and Examinations shall be made available to those students who will be participating in the Bar Course as the commencement date for the Bar Course approaches.

(i) The Bar Admission Course is held once per year. The Bar Course usually commences in early October and runs for a period of seven weeks, until the latter part of November. However, the Law Society reserves the right to change the dates of the Bar Course in any given year.

(ii) Attendance at the Bar course is mandatory for all students seeking admission to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar.

(iii) The Bar Admission Examinations are written during the Bar Admission Course.

(iv) The Bar Course generally runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, unless otherwise indicated. There may be some evening and/or weekend sessions, if necessary, and students shall be advised in this regard before or during the Bar Course.

(v) Time spent at the Bar Admission Course is included in, and counts as credit toward, the twelve (12) month Articling Period requirement.

(vi) The Bar Admission Course covers various subject areas, and the curriculum may vary from year to year. However, generally speaking, the main areas covered are those of criminal law and practice, civil procedure and practice, family law, corporate matters and commercial law and financing, wills and probate, real estate, landlord and tenant practice, law office management and risk management, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, professional ethics, and civil and criminal advocacy.

(vii) Materials used in the Bar Course (the “Bar Admission Materials”), which cover many of the subject areas dealt with in the Bar Course, shall be made available to students before the commencement of the Bar Course and/or during the Bar Course.

(viii) In addition to the Bar Admission Materials per se, students shall be provided with a list of statutes for which they will be responsible in the Bar Admission Course and Bar Admission Examinations. These statutes shall be available for purchase at the Office of the Queen’s Printer, and the list of statutes shall be provided to students prior to the Bar Admission Course.

(ix) Students should notify the Law Society in writing of their intention to attend at the Bar Admission Course. This should be done as soon as possible after the student commences (or recommences) articles subsequent to completion of the third year of law school.

(x) While the style and format of the Bar Admission Examinations which are set and administered in the Bar Admission Course may vary from year to year, typically there are six examinations written during the Bar Admission Course. These examinations may deal with any of the subject topics listed above in paragraph (vi), or any other topics which are dealt with in the Course. In previous years the main subject topics for examination purposes have been:

(i) Family Law
(ii) Corporate Matters and Commercial Law and Financing
(iii) Real Estate, Landlord and Tenant Practice and Wills and Estates
(iv) Criminal Practice and Procedure
(v) Civil Practice and Procedure
(vi) Administrative Law

Please note that this is not necessarily the order in which the examinations will be written, and that questions on the examinations may also draw from other subject areas.

(xi) Generally, a report of the Examiners of the Bar Admission Committee is presented to the Education Committee. The report is then usually approved by Benchers following which the results of the Bar Admission Examinations are released to students.

(xii) Rule 6.12 deals with cheating in respect of the Bar Admission Examinations and Rules 6.13, 6.14 and 6.15 deal with Supplementary Examinations.

(xiii) A Bar Admission Course Fee $2,250.00 + 337.50 HST = $2,587.50 is payable at least fourteen (14) days before the Course commences.

Call to Bar Ceremonies

There are 4 Call to Bar ceremonies a year:

  • February
  • April
  • June
  • October

Call to the Bar Fee:
$625.00 + 93.75 (HST) = $718.75

The Call to the Bar fee must be paid at least fourteen days before the date of the Call to the Bar.