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L3 Licence - Canadian Legal Advisor (Lawyers from Quebec)

Update

On April 22, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario approved amendments to By-Law 4, to permit Quebec lawyers to become licensed in Ontario subject to the same terms and conditions as lawyers from other Canadian provinces. Quebec lawyers, other than lawyers who qualified for membership in the Barreau du Québec under the Entente entre le Québec et la France en matière de reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles, may now apply for licensing under the National Mobility Agreement. 

New applications for an L3 Licence are no longer accepted by the Law Society of Ontario.

Transition from an L3 Licence to an L1 Licence

Quebec lawyers holding an L3 Licence may apply for an L1 Licence by completing an Application for Class L1 Licence Under By-Law 4, for holders of a Class L3 Licence (details below). Applications to transition from an L3 Licence to an L1 Licence must be approved by Complaints & Compliance by October 22, 2021

All L3 Licensees shall be deemed to have surrendered their Class L3 Licence on October 23, 2021, unless they obtain a Class L1 Licence prior to that date.

If you have questions about the updates, contact the Complaints & Compliance department at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7380 x 3315) and ask to be transferred, or email Complaints & Compliance at lsforms@lso.ca.  

Who can apply

You must be a member of the Barreau du Québec and entitled to practise law in Quebec in order to apply for an L1 licence under this process.

Lawyers from Quebec holding an L3 Licence may apply for an L1 Licence providing they meet the requirements of By-Law 4. 

Quebec lawyers who qualified for membership in the Barreau du Québec under the Entente entre le Québec et la France en matière de reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles are not eligible for this process.

Application Requirements

  • Completed and original Application for Class L1 Licence Under By-Law 4, for holders of a Class L3 Licence
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Original Certificate(s) of Standing (dated within the last 30 days) from the Barreau du Québec and any other Law Society of which the applicant is or has been a member, to be submitted to the Law Society directly from the regulatory body. NOTE: Your Certificate(s) of Standing must be replaced if it becomes more than 60 days old at the time your application is ready to be approved by Complaints & Compliance
  • Additional documents as required

Application Process

All applications and pertinent attachments will be reviewed by Complaints & Compliance. If the review reveals that the application and/or attachments are not complete, a Complaints & Compliance Representative will contact the applicant to request additional information or clarification.

Complaints & Compliance requires at least 30 business days to process the Application for Class L1 Licence Under By-Law 4, for holders of a Class L3 Licence and will notify applicants in writing confirming their approval.

Non-refundable Administrative Fees

A non-refundable application fee in the amount of $950 (CAD) + HST must be received by the Law Society in order to commence processing the application.

NOTE: Annual Law Society membership fees and applicable fees for LAWPRO insurance apply

Paying Administrative Fees

Application fees should be paid through the Law Society Store.

Visit the Law Society store at https://store.lso.ca/mobility to pay the necessary fees online.

You may also pay the applicable fee(s) by enclosing a certified cheque or money order with your application. All cheques should be made payable to the “Law Society of Ontario”.

Proof of Payment or a Certified Cheque/Money Order to Accompany All Applications

Payment or a copy of the receipt for payment must accompany all applications.

Application Form

Links to Applicable By-Law and Agreements

  • By-Law 4
  • For the National Mobility Agreement PDF or the Territorial Mobility Agreement PDF visit the Resources page on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website at https://flsc.ca/resources/
  • For the Quebec Mobility Agreement PDF visit the Resources page on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website at https://flsc.ca/resources/

Questions

Application related questions should be directed to the Complaints & Compliance department by contacting the Law Society at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free within Ontario 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by email at lsforms@lso.ca.

Questions concerning membership and status changes  should be directed to the Membership Services department by contacting the Law Society at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free within Ontario 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by email at records@lso.ca.

Accessibility

The Law Society of Ontario is committed to ensuring that our websites and web applications are accessible for people with disabilities. We have also made efforts to make Law Society documents accessible to everyone. If you need any of our documents or forms in an alternate format that is accessible to you, please contact us.

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