Bar Admission Ceremony

Bar Admission ceremonies occur throughout the year for applicants who are eligible as members of or the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. 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.

The Society’s Credentials Committee may excuse applicants from appearing in person in certain exceptions.

Several weeks prior to the ceremony, eligible applicants for admission are contacted by Society staff and must provide documentation and any applicable fees necessary for Call.

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

Call to the Bar Dates 2020

  • Friday, January 17, 2020 10:30 am
  • Friday, April 17, 2020 10:30 am
  • Friday, June 5, 2020 10:00 am – The June call will be a virtual call to the bar with details to come.
  • Friday, October 16, 2020 10:30 am

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 Administrator at baradmissions@nsbs.org or call 902-422-1491.