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Hello everyone ! I'm starting law school in Montreal in a few weeks and I was wondering : Quebec uses civil law system right ? But do we have classes about common law ? With the Law Bachelor from Université de Montréal, is it possible to work in Brisith Columbia ? I'd love to move there someday and I'm curious if there is a way to work there with a law degree from Quebec.

 

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You'll have to complete a J.D. after the LL.B. 

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The LL.B. at UdeM does not teach common law. You can complete a JD at UdeM following your civil law degree (LL.B.), or during your third year, or else tack on a 4th year JD from another school with which UdeM has programs (such as Osgoode or Victoria). This will give you access to write the bar in other provinces.

If you first complete the Quebec bar (for which the UdeM LL.B. gives you access), then the link that whereverjustice posted above is a useful start to understanding how you can practice in BC thereafter.

All-in-all though, studying at UdeM to practice in a different jurisdiction is likely not your best bet, unless it's just a long-term possibility. Typically people say to study law where you would like to practice thereafter, which is even greater advice when talking about jurisdictions with different legal systems (civil vs. common).

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