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Learn. Teach. Connect. Give Back

Become one of 5,500 advocates across Canada who enjoy unsurpassed skills-based education, access to an experienced mentor network, inclusion in an active peer community and the opportunity to knowledge-share with others. No matter what stage you are at in your career or where you practice, your Advocates' Society membership offers you access to the people and tools for building your best career.


Why Join The Advocates' Society?


Save on CPD!

As the premier provider of advocacy skills training in Canada, we deliver an innovative curriculum of over 100 civil, criminal and special litigation programs across Canada. Our signature programming suits all experience levels and budgets, and includes convenient webcasts, full-day learning-by-doing workshops and major symposia.

  • As a member, you will save at least $50 per full-day program
  • New for 2017, members save up to $200 on our core skills workshops


Build Your Network and Build Your Practice

Connecting with peers in your practice area is simple thanks to our member-only Practice Groups. Share your insights, catch up on the latest practice updates and attend panel discussions with leading practitioners. Helping you expand your professional network is what the Society is all about.

Attend our social events – offered on a local, national and even international level – and you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to connect with the bench and bar in an informal setting. We offer everything from casual pub nights to destination conferences, all designed to help you become part of a growing community of like-minded advocates.

Help Develop the Next Generation of Great Advocates

Nothing is more rewarding than sharing your skills and experience with other professionals, and we offer you ample opportunity to do that. Help plan events, mentor younger advocates, teach a workshop, lead a seminar or contribute to our publications. Your efforts will help better an entire profession.

Be a Strong Voice for Advocates

Get involved in shaping the future of the profession. As the voice of advocates and the clients we serve, we have a special interest in a wide range of emerging issues, including access to justice, judicial appointments, court infrastructure, independence of the bar and the judiciary, vanishing trials, solicitor-client privilege and civility and professionalism – and we work hard to make an impact. Become a member and add your voice to our efforts.

Enjoy Exclusive Member Benefits:

 

The Advocates’ Journal: Members automatically receive a complimentary subscription to The Advocates’ Journal ($199 value). This highly regarded quarterly publication features updates and articles from leading legal professionals, and is a must-have for your law library. On-line access to past issues of The Journal is available exclusively to members here.

CPD Tracker: Members can now conveniently track their Society CPD credits on their member profile dashboard.

Mentoring Portal: Exclusively for Society members, senior members of the bar can give back to the profession by offering their time as a mentor to our junior members. 

Member-only Events: Members can connect with their colleagues at signature events like the annual End of Term Dinner, Fall Convention and via Practice Group programs. Build your litigation network in fun and collegial social settings, and become part of our community of exceptional advocates.  

Be Outstanding.  
Be Connected.  Be an Advocates’ Society Member.

Join Us Today!

 


Membership Categories


Regular Membership:

 

To qualify for Regular membership, an individual must be a lawyer in good standing of a Law Society in a Province or Territory of Canada who has been called to the Bar for at least five years prior to admission to membership and whose principal occupation, representing a substantial portion of the total time such individual devotes to work, is advocacy in civil disputes, criminal proceedings, public law matters or administrative processes. Only Regular Members are entitled to receive notice of, attend or vote at meetings of the members of the Corporation. Regular memberships range from $120 to $445, depending on location and area of practice.

Regular Toronto Member: For those in private practice in Toronto: $445.00 + HST = $502.85
    
Regular Quasi-Judicial Member: For those whose occupation is directed to acting as an arbitrator, a mediator or a member of an administrative tribunal before which advocacy is practiced: $445.00 + HST = $502.85
    
Regular Counsel Member: For those whose occupation is devoted to counsel or policy work in the civil, criminal or administrative justice systes and who demonstrate a keen interest in advocacy consistent with the objectives of the Corporation: $445.00 + HST = $502.85
    
Regular Out of Toronto Member: For those in private practice outside of Toronto but within Ontario: $370.00 + HST = $418.10
    
Regular Government Member: For those in the employ of the Department of Justice, Ministry of the Attorney General or other government department: $120.00 + HST = $135.60
    
Regular Not-For-Profit Member: For those whose occupation is direct to advocacy in house, including in the employ of a not-for-profit organization, charity, legal clinic, legal association or advocacy group: $195.00 + HST = $220.35
    
Regular Out of Ontario Member: For those in private practice outside of Ontario: $120.00 + HST =$135.60



Junior Membership:


To qualify for Junior membership, an individual must be a lawyer in good standing of a Law Society in a Province or Territory of Canada who has been called to the Bar for less than five years and who expresses the intention of practicing advocacy as his or her principal occupation. Junior memberships range from $120 to $340, depending on location and area of practice.

Junior Member Toronto: $340.00 + HST = $384.20     

Junior Member Ontario (Outside Toronto): $310.00 + HST = $350.30     

Junior Government Member: $120.00 + HST = $135.60     

Junior Member Outside Ontario: $120.00 + HST = $135.60     

Junior Not-For-Profit Member: $195.00 + HST = $220.35



 Affiliate Membership:

To qualify for Affiliate membership, an individual must be a lawyer in good standing of a Law Society in a Province or Territory of Canada or a Law Society or equivalent regulating organization in another country as determined by the board in its discretion and who is an individual upon whom the board determines a membership should be conferred by reason of the individual’s distinctive and meritorious contribution to advocacy, the just resolution of disputes or the rule of law.

Affiliate Regular Member: $145.00 + HST = $163.85
    
Affiliate Judicial Member: Must be a Justice, Master or Prothonotary of any court in Canada: $135.00 + HST = $152.55
    
Affiliate Professor Member: Must be a professor of law at an accredited faculty of law in Canada whose work demonstrates a keen interest in advocacy consistent with the objects of the Corporation: $145.00 + HST = $163.85
    
Affiliate Retired Member: Must be a Regular, Junior or Affiliate Member who elects to retire or semi-retire from the practice of advocacy: $120.00 + HST = $135.60
    
Affiliate International Member: Must be a lawyer in good standing of a Law Society or equivalent regulating organization outside of Canada, as determined by the board in its discretion, whose principal occupation, representing a substantial portion of the total time such individual devotes to work is advocacy in civil disputes, criminal proceedings, public law matters or administrative processes, and whose membership is supported by two referees who are Regular Members in good standing, who complete a Referee Statement in a form to be approved by the Board of Directors from time to time: $145.00 + HST = $163.85
    
Affiliate Student Member: Must be a student at an accredited law school in Canada or be enrolled in the lawyer licensing process of a Province or Territory of Canada: $25.00 + HST = $28.25

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Initiation Fee: A one-time only initiation fee of $200 + HST is payable by Regular (Toronto and Outside of Toronto) and Counsel members only.

Membership Dues: Billed on a calendar basis. You will be invoiced for membership dues and the initiation fee (if applicable).