Bar Admission Ceremony

Bar Admission ceremonies occur throughout the year (see below) for applicants who are eligible as members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. The largest Ceremony takes place each June in Halifax.

Applicants are required to appear before the Court in person and a member of the judiciary oversees the proceedings. In exceptional circumstances only, applicants may be excused from appearing in person.

Applicants have the option of making their official declarations and Oaths in three languages: English, French, or Mi’kmaq. In addition, they may request to read it in any other language.

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 are contacted by Society staff and must provide documentation and any applicable fees.

During the ceremony, attendees may use cameras and video cameras discreetly; however, this is at the discretion of the Presiding Justice.

Upcoming Call to the Bar Dates

  • Friday, January 19, 2024
  • Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Friday, June 7, 2024
  • Friday, September 20, 2024
  • Friday, November 22, 2024

June Bar Admission Ceremony

We publish a program booklet with the June admission list, applicant biographies, text for the Oath on Admission and the optional Oath of Allegiance, and welcome greetings from the Bench and Bar.

What to Wear

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 Society does not provide or rent legal attire.

Once you’re called to the Bar

We’ve created the NSBS Guide for New Lawyers, our primer for new members.

Questions? Please contact the Society’s Education & Credentials Advisor at [email protected].