Judges preside over courts of law, interpret/enforce rules of procedure, adjudicate civil/criminal cases, and administer justice. They may specialize in particular areas of law such as civil, criminal, and family law.
Lawyers and Quebec notaries provide legal advice and represent clients; prepare contracts, wills, and other legal documents; and may act as executors, trustees or guardians in estate/family law matters. They may specialize in specific areas of law such as criminal law (lawyers only) and corporate, real estate, and labour law.
Lawyers also plead cases or conduct prosecutions before courts of law, tribunals/boards, and negotiate civil dispute settlements.
1. Legal services - 74.0%
2. Public administration - 16.0%
3. Finance and insurance - 3.0%
1. To work in this field, you need a pre-law college or university program and a bachelor's degree from a law school.
2. 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.
3. Judges appointed to more senior positions in a court usually have experience as judges in that court.
4. To be a lawyer, you must complete a period of articling, a bar admission course and exam, and a licence in the province/territory where you'll work.
5. To be a Quebec notary, you must complete a bachelor's degree from a recognized law school and a Diploma of Notarial Law (D.D.N.) or a master's degree of law with a specialization in notarial law and a 32-week vocational training program. You must be registered with the corporation of notaries.
6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
2. English (Communication)
3. Family Studies
4. Social Studies (Law)
The average hourly wages for Judges, Lawyers and Quebec Notaries is $33.37/HR, which is above average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are above average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.