A member of a Canadian law society who holds a degree in Common law from a Canadian university (or equivalent as certified by the National Committee on Accreditation) may apply for transfer to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. These applicants either qualify for admission on transfer under the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) or Territorial Mobility Agreement (TMA) and Regulation 6.2.2, or do not qualify under the NMA or TMA and Regulation 6.2.2.
Qualify for Admission on Transfer under the NMA or TMA
These Applicants must meet the criteria for transfer under the NMA or TMA and the Society’s Regulations. In summary, the Applicant must be a practising and insured member of the home jurisdiction and be in good standing (for example, the applicant cannot have a discipline record, open complaint, practice restriction, etc.). The onus is on the Applicant to ensure they qualify under the NMA or TMA. While the Barristers’ Society will make this determination, an Applicant can confirm this by contacting their law society.
Do not qualify for Admission on Transfer under the NMA or TMA
These Applicants do not meet the criteria for transfer under NMA or TMA and the Society’s Regulations (see above). Please contact the Society’s Administrator, Education & Credentials, to discuss your situation.
Procedures for transfers
Once you are called
To assist you once you have been called, the NSBS has created a primer for new members. Please see the NSBS Guide for new lawyers
For more information
If you have any questions regarding admission on transfer, please call or write:
Administrator, Education & Credentials
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K1