Lawyers providing immigration assistance

Permits for lawyers from outside Québec

The Barreau du Québec promotes lawyers' mobility in Québec. To do so, it has the power to issue special authorizations (including temporary and restrictive permits) to practise the legal profession. More information on these special permits may be found on the Barreau du Québec's website.

As for permanent mobility, which requires a full permit to become a member of the Barreau du Québec, a foreign lawyer or other legal expert must submit an application for recognition of equivalent studies.

Additional information on this application may be found on the Barreau du Québec's website as well as the form to fill out and the contact information of the person who handles such requests, if you have any questions.

Special permits to become a legal advisor may also be granted to members of a non-Québec Bar; moreover, a permit under a mutual recognition arrangement between the Barreau du Québec and the Conseil national des barreaux de France may also be issued. More information on these permits may be found on the Barreau du Québec's website.

Québec Law Familiarization Day

In 2007, the Barreau du Québec presented a six-hour training session for foreign lawyers wanting to become members of the Barreau du Québec.
The full content of this Québec Law Familiarization Day is available in the Videos section of this website. We encourage you to listen to this video before taking steps to apply for recognition of equivalent studies in order to become a lawyer in Québec.

Becoming a lawyer in Québec (for everyone else who is not a legal expert or does not practise law in another country)

The most common way for anyone to become a member of the Barreau du Québec is as follows: (1) obtain an undergraduate degree (upon completion of three years of studies) in Québec civil law from one of the six recognized universities: Université de Montréal, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Université Laval, University of Ottawa or Université de Sherbrooke; (2) complete École du Barreau du Québec's professional training program (3) as well as a six-month work placement.

More information on the steps for becoming a lawyer may be found on the Barreau du Québec's website, where all the steps are described in detail.

More information on École du Barreau du Québec (EBQ), the professional training it offers and the work placement may be found on the EBQ's website.

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