Fact Sheet - Lawyer

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyLaw Society of Manitoba (LSM)
Regulated titles
  • Lawyer (includes the terms barrister, solicitor, and attorney-at-law)
  • Articling student
National bodiesThe Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) is the national association of the 14 law societies mandated by the provinces and territories to regulate Canada's legal profession in the public interest.
Membership associationsThe Canadian Bar Association (CBA) offers various membership categories, including student membership.

The Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) is a branch of the CBA. Membership in MBA is automatic upon membership in CBA.
Certification processSee LSM - Internationally Trained Applicants.
Credential assessmentCredential assessment is conducted by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). The NCA is a standing committee of the FLSC.
Language proficiencyThere are no specific language requirements to begin the application process with the NCA. However, fluency in English or French is essential to completing the steps to registration.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsSee LSM - Career Opportunities.

To search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations in the broader field of law, social policy and other services:

  • 42200 – Paralegals and related occupations
  • 13111 – Legal administrative assistants
  • 51114 – Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • 11200 – Human resources professionals
  • 41403 – Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

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.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.