Membership

We support over 2,000 members throughout their careers.

Our members fall into the following categories:

  • Practising Lawyer: A lawyer who may practice law in Nova Scotia.
  • Non-practising and Retired: Lawyers who were formerly practising but are now not entitled to practice law in Nova Scotia.​
  • Articled Clerk: A member who is enrolled in the Society’s Bar Admission program. Articled clerks may only practise law under supervision.
  • Canadian Legal Advisors (CLAs): Québec lawyers who qualify to practise in Nova Scotia as Canadian Legal Advisors (CLAs) – review the Conditions to Qualify.

Changing Membership Categories

Applications and information to change your membership category to practising and from practising to non-practising, retired, life membership and more.

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Readmission

A person who has resigned from the Society, and who is not a member of another law society in Canada or who has been disbarred may apply to be readmitted.

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Fees & Expense Form

The Society’s membership fees are due yearly on June 30. Find information about membership fees & the NSBS expense form.

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Law Corporations & Limited Liability Partnerships

Find the application for a law corporation permit, annual renewal and statement of particulars, law corporation procedures, application for a provincial limited liability partnership and the application for an extra-provincial limited liability partnership.

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Certificates & Letters of Good Standing

Members may request a Certificate of Standing or by a Letter of Good Standing if they require documentation from the Society advising a third party of their membership standing, discipline history or other information. 

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Information for Principals

A Principal is a lawyer, law firm or office of a law firm that has more than one office in the province who agrees to train and supervise an articled clerk. Find the Principal's Manual and Model Education Plans.

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Member Contact Change

Members are required to keep the Society informed of their current mailing address, telephone number and email address (if applicable). Find the contact change form.

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Online LRA Program

We offer the Online Land Registration Act Qualification Assessment via the CPLED platform. This program evaluates the competency of lawyers who wish to work in the Land Registration online system.

All lawyers who wish to practice property law in the Land Registry system must successfully complete this assessment.

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