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Enrolment as a Member of the Law Society of Alberta

Now that your application has been approved and you are eligible to become a member of the Law Society of Alberta, you can make the necessary arrangements to schedule your call ceremony at one of the following locations:

Court of Queen's Bench (Calgary)

Monica L. Landry at 403-297-3864
Calgary Court Centre
705N, 601 5 Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 5P7

Court of Queen's Bench (Edmonton)

Cara Desaulniers or Tracy Andrews at 780-422-2492
Court of Queen's Bench
Law Courts, Main Floor
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0R2

Court of Appeal (Edmonton)
Contact the Registry at 780-422-1585
Court of Appeal
Law Courts, Main Floor
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0R2

Court of Appeal (Calgary):
Contact the Registry at 403-297-6725
Court of Appeal
2600, TransCanada Tower
450 – 1st ST, SW
Calgary, AB  T2P5H1

Provincial Court of Alberta (for bar admissions south of Red Deer)

Office of the Chief Judge (Calgary) at 403-297-6761

Provincial Court of Alberta (for bar admissions in Red Deer, Edmonton and northern Alberta)

Office of the Chief Judge (Edmonton) at 780-427-6330

IMPORTANT: An applicant for enrolment appearing before a judge must be properly gowned and attired, and shall be presented to the presiding judge by an active member of the Society. The Law Society of Alberta requires a 30-day notice of your scheduled call date.

Complete and Submit a Notification of Call Ceremony and Membership Information Form:

Once you have scheduled your call ceremony date and you have confirmation from the court house, please complete and submit a Notification of Call Ceremony and Membership Information Form.

This can be sent by mail or email to Membership Services.

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Membership & Insurance Status:

You have the following four options from which to choose when becoming a member in Alberta:

1. Active – Insured:

An active member of the Law Society is required to have Professional Liability Insurance coverage when practising as a sole practitioner or with a law firm.

Fees: Pro-rated member fee (includes Assurance Fund Levy) and insurance

Form: Application for Professional Liability Insurance

Form: Statutory Declaration and Undertaking (for use by active members practising as sole practitioners who do not operate a trust account). Please contact Membership for this form.

2. Active – Exempt In-House Employment:

You may apply for an exemption from insurance if you are employed by an organization other than a law firm, and practise solely in the scope of that employment. This would include a corporate or government setting.

Fees: Pro-rated member fee (includes Assurance Fund Levy) and insurance

Form: Application for Exemption from Professional Liability Insurance

Form: Statutory Declaration and Undertaking (for use by members who are counsel as defined by Rule 135). Please contact Membership Services for this form.

3. Active - Not Engaged in the Practise of Law:

A non-practising lawyer may be an active or inactive member who has chosen not to practice law in Alberta for the time being, except as provided for in the National and Territorial Mobility Agreements. Such lawyers are not permitted to open or maintain a trust account.

You are not entitled to practise law or give legal advice in Alberta. If you wish to obtain practising status, you are required to notify the Law Society of Alberta and comply with the professional liability insurance requirements.

Fees: Pro-rated member fee (includes Assurance Fund Levy)

Form: Application for Exemption from Professional Liability Insurance

4. Inactive:

You are not entitled to practise law or give legal advice in Alberta. However, you are able to maintain your membership in Alberta.

Fees: Annual inactive fee

Form: Election to Become an Inactive Member

Membership Services will invoice you for the appropriate fees.

We recommend that your fees accompany your insurance form to ensure your paperwork is processed and your call documents are sent to the court house in a timely manner.

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Payment

Fees are payable to the Law Society of Alberta (making a payment)

Reinstatement

If you choose to be called as “Active – Not Engaged in the Practice of Law” or “Inactive” status and decide to change your status to either “Active – Insured” or “Active – Exempt In-House”, you will be required to make an Application for Reinstatement pursuant to Rules 115 and 118.

Please contact Membership Services for further details.

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