Fact Sheet – Lawyer

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Lawyer
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4112 Lawyer


Law Society of Manitoba (LSM)

Regulated titles:

  • Lawyer (includes the terms barrister, solicitor, and attorney-at-law)
  • Articling student

National body:

  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the profession.  It is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 provincial and territorial law societies. The Federation is not a regulatory body.

Application process: (for professional registration)

Credential assessment:

  • Conducted by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). NCA is a committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.  NCA assesses the qualifications of all internationally-trained graduates of Law.  NCA is used by all law societies (regulators) across Canada with the exception of Quebec.  NCA is not a regulatory body.

Language proficiency:

  • No specific language requirement to begin the application process with the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). However, English or French language fluency is essential to complete the steps to registration.

Professional competency profiles:


Membership associations:

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

  • To search job postings in any occupation visit:
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated lawyer may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of law, social policy and other services.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification.  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4211 Paralegal and related occupations
1242 Legal administrative assistants
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
1121 Human resources professionals (incl. labour relations officer, employment equity officer, mediator)
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.