(NOC 4111)


People in this group require a pre-law college or university program and a bachelor's degree from a law school. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

Extensive experience as a lawyer or as a professor of law with continuous membership in the bar association is usually required.

Membership in good standing with a provincial or territorial law society or bar association is required.

Judges are appointed by federal or provincial cabinet.

Those appointed to more senior positions in a court, such as chief justice, usually have experience as judges in that court.

To be a judge, you usually need extensive experience as a lawyer or law professor and continuous bar association membership. You must be a member in good standing with your provincial/territorial law societies or bar associations.

Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 1 in 4 has a graduate degree.

Degrees Associated with This Career


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Useful Experience/Skills

Community involvement
Interpersonal skills
Committee work

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Social Studies (Law)
English (Communication)
Family Studies

Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
JD/MBA Master
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Human Rights and Law Bachelor; Honours
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Law and Society Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Lakehead University - Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Bachelor
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University of New Brunswick - Fredericton
Fredericton, New Brunswick, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Bachelor
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Modified on July 10, 2012