All articled clerks in Prince Edward Island must attend and pass the prescribed Bar Admission Course ("BAC") exams before they are eligible for admission to the Bar and membership in the Law Society.
The course is designed to give new lawyers an overview of PEI law and procedure and the skills necessary to practise law, so that the new lawyer will have entry level competence when called to the Bar. The course is organized by the Articling & Admission Committee, coordinated by the Legal Education Coordinator, and taught by volunteer lawyers and judges.
Articling Application deadline is July 15 at 4:00 p.m. ADT in order for clerks to participate in the Bar Admission Course. Any applicants who file after July 15 will be eligible for the Bar Admission Course in the next calendar year (subject to the discretion of the Secretary-Treasurer.)
The Bar Course is an in-person course offered in Charlottetown, PEI in the fall each year and which concentrates on substantive law and practice specific to the province, as well as practical skills required to be a lawyer. Attendance each day is mandatory. To complete the course successfully, a clerk must attain a mark of at least 60% in each subject. Materials are available to clerks at one to two weeks before the beginning of the course. The tuition fee must be paid beforehand. The materials will cover topics in the course, and includes reference materials for future use.
PEI Bar Course Dates: September 25 - November 3, 2023
Bar Admission Course Topics
- Supreme Court Practice
- Commercial & Corporate
- Administrative Law
- Real Property
- Criminal Trial Practice
- Family Law
- Law Office Economics & Management – Various