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What is the purpose of the Barreau du Québec?

 

What is the purpose of the Barreau du Québec?

Supervision of Skills

The primary mission of the Barreau du Québec is to ensure public protection. In other words, the Barreau ensures the competence and conduct of persons wishing to become lawyers or who already are.

The legal profession requires a rigorous academic and practical background.

First, it is necessary to complete a law degree and then enroll in the École du Barreau to receive training focused on the practice of law. At the École du Barreau, the young lawyer learns to write legal documents, negotiate, prepare files for court, plead and manage its relationships with its customers. It must then pass a series of examinations and complete a six-month internship in the workplace. Once these steps are completed, the student is sworn.

When a person wishes to become a member of the Barreau du Québec and exercise the legal profession, his record is systematically examined, in accordance with Article 45 of the Loi du Barreau, by the Comité de vérification of the Barreau du Québec, also called Comité d'accès à la profession. The Committee asks, to each candidate, about access to the profession, manners, conduct, competence, knowledge and qualifications to practice the profession of lawyer. It also has the final word on the eligibility of a candidate since it's on his report that licensure will be issued.

See "Becoming a lawyer" section to learn more about the journey to become a lawyer.

The admission to practice and registration with the roll of the Order does not, however, mark the end of learningfor a lawyer. All members of the Barreau du Québec must complete at least 30 hours of training related to the exercise of the profession and recognized by the Barreau during a period of two years. See "Mandatory continuing education" for more information.

Inspection of lawyers and ethics

Lawyers must abide by the laws in general, like everyone else! But they must also comply with rules and codes specific to the legal profession.

It is for this reason that the Barreau regularly inspects its members and deals with complaints from the public.

See "Laws and regulations regarding the Barreau" and "Ethics and Discipline" to learn more about the rules to be respected by lawyers.

Several services to the public

The Society offers several services to the public. See all items in "For the public" to get the maximum information about the Barreau and its role in protecting the public.


              

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