Membership Application

The same application form is used for: 

  • Regular Membership
  • Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA) Certificate
  • Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC)
  • Combined Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) and Regular Membership
  • Combined Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) and Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA)

Learn about Practicing Law in Nunavut to determine the appropriate membership type. 

Applications are submitted online (will be available soon)

  • To start your application, you must create your applicant account.
  • Contact us to request the creation of your applicant account. We will provide you with a temporary password.  
  • Contact us at (867) 979-2330 or administrator@lawsociety.nu.ca
  • Once your account has been setup, please refer to the instructions and application process section below :

We recommend you review all the information below to make sure you have all your information ready to submit.

  1. Download, fill in and assemble the documents listed in the checklist and required documents section below.
  2. Review the Fees and Payment section below and prepare your method of payment. 
  3. Log in to your applicant account by clicking on "Log in" at the top right of the window. Reset your password.
  4. Fill in the membership application, upload the required documents when prompted. You can do this over many sessions by saving the application as a “Draft”.
  5. When you are ready to submit your application, save it as “Ready to Publish”. 
    • At this point, your application will be validated to make sure you have completed all the required fields, if you missed some fields you will need to complete them to finish the application.
  6. Our administrator will contact you when your application has been approved.
    • The information to be called to the bar will be provided in your letter of approval. You will need to make arrangements directly with the Nunavut Court of Justice.
    • When you are called to the bar, you will have your roll number and your membership will be activated. You will appear in the membership directory.

When completing the online form, applicants will be required to upload the following documents as pdf files, required documents vary depending on the type of application. Please see document templates below.

Two letters of good character (Form X)

  • From lawyers in good standing and/or judges in the applicant’s home jurisdiction.
  • Download the template.
  • Only one letter may be written by someone within the same law firm or office as the applicant.

A certificate of good standing from each law society to which the applicant is currently a member

  • Not more than 30 days older than the date of the application
  • Indicating whether they in good standing;
  • Indicating how long they have been an active member of the society or body;
  • Indicating whether disciplinary proceedings are pending against them; and the nature and disposition of such action.
  • If the certificate lists claims or complaints, the applicant should supply an explanation for each one.

Accountants Report (Form E) OR a Statutory Declaration regarding trust accounts (Form F)

Statutory Declaration for (Rule 39.3), if applying for regular membership;

  • Download Statutory Declaration for reading list template 
  • If in Nunavut, the Declaration is signed by a Commissioner for Oaths/Notary Public
  • If outside Nunavut, the Declaration is sworn (signature) before a Notary Public under seal (or in Quebec, a Commissioner for Oaths). The seal must be visible in the scanned document.

Declaration of Applicant and authorization

Insurance Exemption Certificate and Undertaking (if required)

  • Submit if the applicant does not require liability insurance coverage through the Law Society of Nunavut
  • Download the template

The applicant will be asked to list:

  • law degrees with dates received
  • the law societies or governing bodies of which they are or have been a member, with dates

Note: A lawyer who urgently requires the entitlement to practice law in the Territory can apply for a combined Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC)and Regular Membership or Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA) option. 

Timeline to issue your RAC application: From the date your completed application is received by the administrator, the Deputy Secretary requires 7 (seven) business days to issue your RAC.

The timeline below applies to:

  • regular membership applications
  • applications for Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA) certificates, and
  • student-at-law (articling) applications.

Submission - Applicants must submit their application within ten (10) working days before the next scheduled Membership and Admission Committee (MAC) scheduled review date (every 3 weeks on Mondays–see Calendar below).

Receipt - Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt within three (3) working days, which will include a request to provide any outstanding information or materials.

The Membership and Admission Committee (MAC) will examine an application and provide a recommendation to the Executive Committee within fifteen (15) working days, assuming no further information is required from the applicant.

The Executive Committee will consider the MAC’s recommendation and provide their decision to approve (or not) the application for admission within ten (10) working days, assuming no further information is required from the applicant.

2020 Membership and Admission Committee Calendar

  • January 13
  • February 03
  • February 24
  • March 16
  • April 6
  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • June 29
  • July 20
  • August 10
  • August 31
  • September 21
  • October 12
  • November 2
  • November 23
  • December 14