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Bar Call and Membership

General Instructions for Students-at-Law to Enrol as Members

Before Completion of your Articles: Schedule your Bar Call.

Please be advised:

Your enrolment documents can not be signed until your articles are finished. Further, your enrolment documents must be received in the Calgary office a minimum of 30 days before your call.

You may schedule your Bar call at one of the following locations:

Court of Queen's Bench (Calgary)

Katarina Duke at 403-297-8394
Calgary Court Centre
705N, 601 5 Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 5P7

Court of Queen's Bench (Edmonton)

QBAdmin.Edmonton@gov.ab.ca 
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

Complete and submit a Notification of Call Ceremony

Once you have scheduled your Bar call date and you have confirmation from the Court House, please complete and submit a Notification of Call Ceremony Form.

For expediency, return the completed form to Membership Services in the Calgary office by email.

French Oath: As part of continuing efforts to enhance our processes, the Law Society of Alberta is pleased to introduce the opportunity for students-at-law to take the oath of office in French.

In order to accommodate individuals who request to take the oath in French, the Law Society has developed a French language oath/affirmation of office. If a student-at-law prefers to take the oath of office in French, he or she must advise the Court House when scheduling their call to the bar. Following confirmation of the call date, he or she is required to contact the Law Society to specify their language preference and complete arrangements.

After the Completion of your Articles and CPLED

Complete and submit the following enrolment application documents:

Please send the information by mail or email to Membership Services.

Original notarized documents such as proof of identification must be mailed, couriered or hand-delivered to the Calgary office. Official law school transcripts must also be mailed to the Calgary office.

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Membership & Insurance Status:

You have 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.

Form: Application for Professional Liability Insurance

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.

Form: Application for Exemption from Professional Liability Insurance

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

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.

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.

Form: Election to Become an Inactive Member

Reinstatement

If you choose “Active – Not Engaged in the Practise 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.

Fees

Fees are payable to the Law Society of Alberta.

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