4112- Lawyers and Quebec notaries

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Job Title: 

Lawyers and Quebec notaries

Job Description: 

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, represent clients before tribunals and 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.

Main Duties: 

Lawyers and Quebec notaries perform some or all of the following duties:

Advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to law
Research legal precedents and gather evidence
Plead clients' cases before courts of law, tribunals and boards (lawyers only)
Draw up legal documents such as real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts, and prepare statements of legal opinions
Negotiate settlements of civil disputes (lawyers only)
Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
May act as mediator, conciliator or arbitrator
May act as executor, trustee or guardian in estate and family law matters.

Lawyers and Quebec notaries may specialize in specific areas of the 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 and labour law.

Employment Requirements: 

Two to three years of undergraduate studies or, in Quebec, completion of a 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.
Notaries (Quebec)
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.

Additional Inormation: 

Lawyers wishing to practise in another province or territory may be required to pass examinations set by the provincial or territorial law society.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Legal department directors (in 0114 Other administrative services managers)
Legal firm managers (in 0125 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)

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Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X