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Former Law Society Treasurer describes history of legal profession keeping foreign law grads out of the bar

This post is an acknowledgment of the difficulty that non-Canadian law graduates have historically had becoming admitted to the bar in Canadian provinces.

As difficult as it can be today, in past years it has been extremely arbitrary and unfair.

Progress has been slow. But, today graduates of many non-Canadian law schools can confidently say that they are able to navigate the NCA process and become a lawyer in Canada.

The only questions are:

1. What do I have to do to earn a “certificate of equivalency” (how many exams/courses); and

2. How long will the process take?

Foreign Lawyers In Canada

This is a fascinating article written by Vern Khrishna former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. This excerpt is especially interesting:

The last two paragraphs outline the history of the Canadian legal profession in keeping foreign law graduates out of the bar.

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@DwightNewmanLaw: British Columbia’s lawyers overstepped their bounds in rejecting TWU

LSAT Preparation Courses Toronto

Dear Pre-Law Student:


Congratulations on your decision to take the LSAT in June. John Richardson will be offering three LSAT prep course formats in Toronto for the June 10, 2013 LSAT. They are taught at St. Michael’s College on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

Your LSAT teacher will “make or break” your prep experience. You are invited to meet John, attend a free sample LSAT class, and receive a free LSAT Logic Games workbook on Sunday April 28, 2013. This will also give you an “Early Bird” start to your June LSAT Prep.

We have four complete Toronto LSAT course formats for June:

1. Mastering The LSATSee why there is no course like this one! – $999

S. A – May 4 – June 8

S. B May 11 – June 8

S. C May 18 – June 8

2. Victoria Day Weekend LSAT Prep – May 18,19, 20 plus June 8 – $699

3. Four Saturday LSAT Prep –  May 4, 11, 25, June 1 plus June 8 – $799

4. One Weekend Toronto LSAT Prep – May 11, 12 plus June 8- $495

For those who do NOT want a complete LSAT course, but who desire only an LSAT Logic Games prep course, our “Logic Games Toolbox” course is available in Toronto on May 4 and May 12. It is also available at other locations.

If you have questions feel free to call us (yes, we still communicate by phone) at 416 410 7737.

We look forward to helping you get into law school and become a lawyer!

John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.

Pre-Law Forum – Saturday June 2, 2013 – Opportunities to study law – Toronto

Pre-Law Forum

When: Sunday June 2, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – 405

Cost: $10 cash payable at the door

Registration: email prelawforum at gmail dot com to guarantee a seat or just show up on June 2 at 9:45

The complete story …

First, the good news: The opportunities to study law are incredible.

Now, the bad news: That said, these opportunities are not well understood.

There are opportunities  at both law schools located both inside Canada and outside of Canada.

You will find the rules for how to become a lawyer in Ontario whether you graduate from a law school located in Canada or a law school located outside of Canada here.

Pre-Law Forum 2013 Schedule – Always subject to change

When: Sunday  June 2, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

Who: Sponsored by the Richardson Prep Centre – Toronto, Canada – Teaching LSATGMATGREMCAT Since 1979

Cost: $10 cash – payable at the door

Bonus! Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase John Richardson’s  Law School  Bound manual for $30 (retail price $49.95)

Pre-registration: email:  prelawforum at gmail dot com

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Tentative Schedule:

10:00  a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – “Getting Into Law Schoolin Canada

John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound

Applying to law school is competitive. You need to think clearly about and understand:

– where to apply (how opportunities for law school differ)

why not get two law degrees in the three year period?

– how  to apply (academic positioning and marketing)

– what are the components of a law school application and how to make them work for you

watch out in an age of social media, some things you should consider

Regardless of where you apply, this seminar will be important for you.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Study law in the U.S. – What are the opportunities? How do you use the U.S. law degree to become a lawyer in Canada and/or the U.S.?

David Finnegan – Professor of Law – Thomas Cooley Law School

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Your first law school class – This is a fantastic opportunity for you to participate in a simulated law school class taught by a real law professor, using a real case using the Socratic method.

Professor David Finnegan will introduce you to the world of law school using the case of Armory v. Delamirie. Make sure that you read the case in advance. Print a copy and bring it with you.

Break 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:45  a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Attending law school in the U.K. – How about both an LL.B. and LL.M. in three years? An LL.B. in two years?

John Kelly – Canada Law From Abroad

Lunch: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Bringing that “Foreign Law Degree Home – Foreign lawyers and law graduates: Ontario bar admission with a foreign law degree – FARPA, the Law Society and the NCA

John Richardson – Lawyer

Hal Tabl – Lawyer – Cambridge University educated barrister and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada

John Kelly – Canada Law From Abroad

Break 1:30  p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

The rest of the day – 1:45 on – You have your choice of sessions:

For those interested, you will have the opportunity to participate in a “Mock LSAT” using a real LSAT. Others will continue with the series of shorter seminars. Those wishing to participate in the LSAT must download the free sample LSAT and bring it with you to Pre-Law Forum. (If you have already been exposed to this particular LSAT, please feel free to bring a substitute).

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Mock LSAT – If you are taking the LSAT on June 10, 2013 this will give you a “trial run”. Those who are not taking the LSAT on June 10  should probably take the other seminars.


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Joint law degree programs – where, why and how? Get a second law degree for  free!

John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Introductory LSAT Strategy Seminar

John Richardson – LSAT Instructor: “Mastering The LSAT – Prep

Unlimited” – Toronto

The LSAT is part of your future. Get pointed in the right direction

2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  break

3:00  p.m. – 3:50  p.m. – Law students forum

Learn from students at various schools – how they got in! how they stay in! We expect our participants to include law students from a mix of  Ontario law schools and some of the top law schools in the world!

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Break

4:00  p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Articling and the Lawyer Licensing Process

Meet Two Generations of  Toronto lawyers:

– what is articling?

– where to article?

– how to find an articling job?


*Special offer for those applying to law school this fall!!

Law School Personal Statement Workshop – Get Started For The November 1 deadline – Sunday June 2, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Carr Hall 405

Those who attend Pre-Law Forum on June 2 may attend the Personal Statement Workshop the evening of June  for the discounted fee of $50.

John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D. – Author of Law School Bound and Mastering the Personal Statement