Applications

Information about the application requirements for each type of membership, including downloadable forms, can be found below.

FULL MEMBERSHIP

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application for a Full Membership. Please read it before beginning the application process as it informs you about the requirements for letters of good character and other requirements.

Memo: Application for Membership

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STUDENTS-AT-LAW

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application as a Student-at-Law. Please read it before beginning the application process as it informs you about the requirements for letters of good character and other requirements.

Memo: Application for Admission as a Student-at-Law

The following forms are required to be uploaded during the online application process as part of the Student-at-Law application:

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TEMPORARY ARTICLES (LAW STUDENTS)

Law students enrolled in a qualifying law school may be eligible for Temporary Articles as part of their work placement or summer employment.  Temporary Articles grants students many of the same privileges a full articling student receives, including court actions and the practice of law under supervision.  However, Temporary Articles are not cumulative and may not be contributed to the requirements of a Student-at-Law.

For more information about Temporary Articles, please contact the Law Society.

The following forms are required as part of the Student-at-Law application:

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IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR ARTICLES AND ARE READY TO BECOME A FULL MEMBER …

FULL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FOR STUDENTS-AT-LAW

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application for a Full Membership by a Student-at-Law who has completed their articles of clerkship. Please read it before beginning the application process as it informs you about the requirements for letters of good character and other requirements.

Memo:  Application for Full Membership by Student-at-Law

The following forms are required as part of the full application:

Depending on your circumstances (read Memo carefully) you may need to complete either (or neither) of

          or

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RESTRICTED APPEARANCE CERTIFICATES

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application for a Restricted Appearance Certificate, and contains links to the required documents:
Memo: Application for a Restricted Appearance Certificate

The following forms are required as part of the full application:

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CHANGE OF STATUS FROM INACTIVE TO ACTIVE

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application for Change of Status:
Memo: Change of Status from an Inactive to an Active Member

The following forms are required as part of application to change your status:

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CHANGE OF STATUS FROM ACTIVE TO INACTIVE

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ACCREDITED LAW SCHOOLS

The following common law law schools are approved for the purpose of admission to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories for graduates applying as regular members and students-at-law.

1. University of Alberta – Faculty of Law
2. University of British Columbia – Faculty of Law
3. University of Calgary – Faculty of Law
4. Dalhousie University – Schulich School of Law
5. Lakehead University – Faculty of Law
6. University of Manitoba – Robson Hall Faculty of Law
7. McGill University – Faculty of Law
8. University of Moncton – Faculte de Droit
9. University of  New Brunswick – Faculty of Law
10. University of Ottawa – Common Law
11. Queen’s University – Faculty of Law
12. University of Saskatchewan – College of Law
13. Thompson Rivers University – Faculty of Law
14. University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
15. University of Victoria – Faculty of Law
16. University of Western Ontario – Western Law
17. University of Windsor – Windsor Law
18. York University – Osgoode Hall Law School
19. Université de Sherbrooke – Faculté de Droit
20. Université de Montréal – Faculté de Droit
21. Ryerson University – Faculty of Law

The following civil law schools are approved for the purpose of admission to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories for graduates applying for membership, upon receipt of additional documentation as may be required.

1. Université Laval – Baccalauréat en Droit
2. University of Ottawa – Droit civil
3. Université du Québec – Faculté de Science Politique et de Droit 

FOREIGN-TRAINED LAWYERS

Lawyers trained outside of Canada and not currently members of another Canadian law society must have their credentials evaluated by the National Committee on Accreditation.

More information is available in the following memorandum:
Memo: Requirements for Membership of Foreign-Trained Applicants

LSNT Membership
Membership Renewals

Membership renewal information and resources can be found on the Renewals page.

Membership Choices

All lawyers practicing law in the Northwest Territories must be members of the Law Society. Many lawyers ask which membership is suitable for their needs and the needs of their clients.

A lawyer handling one case for one client should obtain a Restricted Appearance Certificate. Lawyers who foresee working on more than one case, or with more than one client, should become a full member (without restriction). Contact the Law Society now for assistance with selecting a membership type.

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