Licensing Statistics

As a prerequisite to entering the licensing process, lawyer candidates are required to graduate from an accredited JD/LLB program from a Canadian law school, or obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation. The lawyer licensing process comprises two separate examinations, an experiential training program, which may be completed through a 10-month articling term, or the eight-month Law Practice Program and a good character requirement.

Paralegal candidates are required to complete a diploma or certificate from an accredited paralegal program and a 120-hour field placement as a prerequisite to entering the licensing process. The paralegal licensing process consists of a licensing examination and a good character requirement.

2,188 lawyers were issued a licence in 2016. 994 paralegals were licensed.

Lawyers issued a licence in 2016

Male Female
1,040 1,148

Total licensed 2,188


Paralegals issued a licence in 2016

Male Female
266 728

Total licensed 994

Lawyer enrolment in the Licensing Process by equity-seeking group: 2012-16

* Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process from 2012 through 2016.
† Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process from 2012 through 2016, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.

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Paralegal enrolment in the Licensing Process by equity-seeking group: 2012-16

* Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process in 2012 through 2016.
† Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process in 2012 through 2016, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.

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Lawyers licensed, by gender: 2012-2016

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Paralegals licensed, by gender: 2012-16

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