4112 Lawyers and Quebec Notaries
Lawyers and Quebec notaries advise clients on legal matters, represent clients before administration boards and draw up legal documents such as contracts and wills. Lawyers also plead cases or conduct prosecutions in courts of law. Lawyers are employed in law firms and prosecutor's offices. Quebec notaries are employed in notary offices. Both lawyers and Quebec notaries are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments and various business establishments or they may be self-employed. Articling students are included in this group.
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to draw up legal documents, such as real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts, to prepare statements of legal opinions and to advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to law
- Verbal ability to plead clients' cases before courts of law, tribunals and boards (lawyers only), and to communicate with clients using legal terminology
- Methodical interest in co-ordinating information to perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
- Innovative interest in negotiating settlements of civil disputes (lawyers only), in applying principles of civil law as it pertains to notarization of legal documents and in researching legal precedents and gathering evidence
- Directive interest in mentoring in order to advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to law; may act as an executor, trustee or guardian in estate and family law matters; may act as mediator, conciliator or arbitrator
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- Two to three years of undergraduate studies or, in Quebec, completion of college program
a bachelor's degree from a recognized law school
successful completion of the bar examination and completion of a period of articling are required.
- Licensing by the provincial or territorial law society is required.
- A bachelor's degree from a recognized law school and a Diploma of Notarial Law (D.D.N.)
a master's degree of law with specialization in notarial law
a 32 week vocational training program are required.
- Registration with the corporation of notaries is required.
Lawyers wishing to practise in another province may be required to pass examinations set by the provincial law society.
Legal department directors (in 0114 Other Administrative Services Managers)
Legal firm managers (in 0123 Other Business Services Managers)
Notaries public and trademark agents who are not lawyers (in 4211 Paralegal and Related Occupations)
Patent agents who are not lawyers or Quebec notaries (in 4161 Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers)
Lawyers and Quebec notaries may specialize in specific areas of law such as criminal law (lawyers only), corporate law, contract law, taxation law, administrative law, international law, commercial law, real estate law, family and estate law, intellectual property law or labour law.