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41101 – Lawyers and Quebec notaries

Lawyers and Quebec notaries advise clients on legal matters, represent clients before administration boards and draw up legal documents such as contracts and wills. Lawyers also plead cases, represent clients before tribunals and conduct prosecutions in courts of law. Lawyers are employed in law firms and prosecutor's offices. Quebec notaries are employed in notary offices. Both lawyers and Quebec notaries are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments and various business establishments or they may be self-employed. Articling students are included in this unit group.


Example titles

  • Barrister
  • Corporate counsel
  • Crown attorney
  • Law partner
  • Lawyer
  • Legal advisor
  • Legal counsel
  • Legislative counsel
  • Notary (Quebec)
  • Prosecutor
  • Solicitor
  • Judicial assistant - Supreme Court

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to law
  • Research legal precedents and gather evidence
  • Plead clients' cases before courts of law, tribunals and boards (lawyers only)
  • Draw up legal documents such as real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts, and prepare statements of legal opinions
  • Negotiate settlements of civil disputes (lawyers only)
  • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
  • May act as mediator, conciliator or arbitrator
  • May act as executor, trustee or guardian in estate and family law matters.

Employment requirements

  • Lawyers
  • Two to three years of undergraduate studies or, in Quebec, completion of a college program, a bachelor's degree from a recognized law school, successful completion of the bar examination and completion of a period of articling are required.
  • Licensing by the provincial or territorial law society is required.
  • Be an active member of a law society in the province or territory of legal practice.
  • Notaries (Quebec)
  • A bachelor's degree in civil law from a recognized law school and a master's degree in notarial law, which includes a 16-week internship, from a recognized law school are required.
  • A 15-day training program at the Chambre des notaires du Québec is required.
  • Licensing by the Chambre des notaires du Québec is required.

Additional information

  • Lawyers and Quebec notaries may specialize in specific areas of the law such as criminal law (lawyers only), corporate law, contract law, taxation law, administrative law, international law, commercial law, real estate law, family and estate law, intellectual property law and labour law.
  • Lawyers wishing to practise in another province or territory are required to pass examinations set by the provincial or territorial law society, except in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan where the National Mobility Agreement (2013) was implemented.


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