Those who are eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society are called to the Bar in person, pursuant to subsection 5(3) of the Legal Profession Act. The Society's Credentials Committee may excuse applicants from appearing in person for certain exceptions.
Admission ceremonies occur throughout the year (see the complete list of admission dates). The major Bar Admission Ceremony, predominantly for articled clerks, takes place every June in Halifax. A member of the judiciary oversees these official court proceedings. Applicants have the option of making their official declarations and Oaths in three languages: English, French, or Mi’kmaq. After the ceremony, applicants sign the Roll of Lawyers, and only then are they allowed to practise law in Nova Scotia.
Several weeks prior to the ceremony, eligible applicants for admission will be contacted by Society staff and will be required to provide documentation and any applicable fees necessary for Call. Applicants are required to appear wearing traditional legal attire, namely a waistcoat, a robe, a wing collar shirt, tabs and black or dark gray trousers or skirt and black shoes. Please note that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society does not provide or rent legal attire.
June Bar Admissions Ceremony 2017
The June 2017 Bar Admission Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 9 at 10:00 am at Pier 21.
Please note: cameras and video cameras may be used discreetly during the ceremonies; however, this is at the discretion of the Presiding Justice.
The Society publishes a booklet with the admission list, applicant biographies, text for the Oath on Admission and the optional Oath of Allegiance, and welcome greetings from the Bench and Bar:
- 2016 program
- 2015 program
- 2014 program
- 2013 program
- 2012 program
- 2011 program
- 2010 program
- 2009 program
For additional information regarding Bar Admission Ceremonies, please call or write:
Administrator, Education & Credentials
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K1
T: (902) 422 1491 | F: (902) 429 4869