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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I become a member of The Law Society of Manitoba? 

A.      The process for becoming a member depends on your status outside of Manitoba:

If you are a practising member of a law society in another Canadian jurisdiction, go to the information on Mobility.

If you have received your legal education outside of Canada or are a lawyer in another country interested in being admitted to practice law in Manitoba, click here

Q. I am a non-practising / inactive member of The Law Society of Manitoba. How do I resume active practice status?

A.      There is an Application to Resume Active Practice (click here to download form) which must be completed by all members wishing to return to active practice.

Q. What is a principal and how do I become one?

A.      A principal is a supervisor and mentor for articling students-at-law during their year-long apprenticeship. Members in good standing of The Law Society of Manitoba with at least three years of practice experience may apply to become a principal by filling out a form and submitting it to the Admissions and Membership Department for consideration.  Applicants must meet the criteria for principals established by the Society. Click here to download the Application to Act as a Principal.

Q. I’m employed with practising status but am thinking of providing legal services outside of the parameters of my employment.  What does The Law Society of Manitoba require from me?

A. If you are not required to be insured pursuant to subsection 19(3) of the Legal Profession Act and you intend to practise outside the scope of your employment you will be required to obtain professional liability insurance coverage prior to commencing practice outside of your employment.  In all cases the Society will require you to submit a Member Update form informing the Society of the details of your practice.  This information will include whether you are carrying on a sole practice or you are part of a firm or otherwise.  Additional information can be provided by a letter attached to the Update form.  Questions about trust or general accounts requirements should be directed to a Law Society auditor.

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