Legal Profession Act

The legal landscape in Alberta and around the world, looks much different today than it did a century ago and yet the way law is practised remains largely the same.

We know that legal services are becoming increasingly inaccessible and this has led consumers to challenge the traditional ways that legal services are offered. The public is looking for alternatives and frequently resort to a do-it-yourself approach, often involving the internet and technology.

The Law Society is concerned about access to legal services for all Albertans. A stable democratic society requires access to institutions and services that create order in

The legal landscape in Alberta and around the world, looks much different today than it did a century ago and yet the way law is practised remains largely the same.

We know that legal services are becoming increasingly inaccessible and this has led consumers to challenge the traditional ways that legal services are offered. The public is looking for alternatives and frequently resort to a do-it-yourself approach, often involving the internet and technology.

The Law Society is concerned about access to legal services for all Albertans. A stable democratic society requires access to institutions and services that create order in our lives for daily living, business, and dispute resolution. We all need access to services that help maintain stability and preserve the rule of law.

The independence of the legal profession is critical in a free and democratic society. The Law Society plays an essential role in maintaining that independence as the regulatory body that governs lawyers and legal practice in Alberta. We act in the public interest with the aim of ensuring that the public receives high quality legal services.

We are seeing pressures within our own system to make changes that will enable the delivery of legal services that work for Albertans in the 21st century. Some of the drivers for change are new technologies, new business models, access to justice concerns, and a growing public demand for more affordable legal services.

Currently, we are trying to be responsive to this changing legal landscape and we need amendments to our legislation to change the way we do our work as a regulator

  • Blue J Legal launches AI tool for employment law issues

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Toronto start-up Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

    Toronto start-up Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

  • Alternative business structures hot topic in Alberta bencher election

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    The structure and function of the law society, including the possibility of regulating alternative business structures, is a key question as the Law Society of Alberta’s members vote in their bencher election this week.

    The structure and function of the law society, including the possibility of regulating alternative business structures, is a key question as the Law Society of Alberta’s members vote in their bencher election this week.

  • Alternative business structures pushed for B.C. law firms

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Since becoming the world’s first law firm to go public a decade ago, Slater and Gordon (ASX:SGH) has had a spectacular rise and a disastrous fall in the markets.

    Since becoming the world’s first law firm to go public a decade ago, Slater and Gordon (ASX:SGH) has had a spectacular rise and a disastrous fall in the markets.

  • Mitch Kowalski: University of Calgary warms up Canada's first family law incubator

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Alberta’s economic woes and rising unemployment rate have triggered a rise in the number of people who cannot afford family law services in the province. That will change when the University of Calgary opens its Family Law Incubator in late 2017.

    Alberta’s economic woes and rising unemployment rate have triggered a rise in the number of people who cannot afford family law services in the province. That will change when the University of Calgary opens its Family Law Incubator in late 2017.

  • The ‘scourge’ of unrepresented litigants

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Record numbers of Canadians with legal cases — the vast majority when family law is involved — no longer turn to lawyers to represent them in civil matters.

    Record numbers of Canadians with legal cases — the vast majority when family law is involved — no longer turn to lawyers to represent them in civil matters.

  • Legal innovation is crucial for 2017

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Innovation is needed in legal profession,

    Innovation is needed in legal profession,

  • Access to Justice to be enhanced with the delivery of legal services through civil society organizations

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Convocation approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations

    Convocation approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations

  • Mitch Kowalski: Entity regulation comes to Canada

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    There has been a rush to go 'law firm' as law societies in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have all announced or commenced consultations on law firm regulation

    There has been a rush to go 'law firm' as law societies in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have all announced or commenced consultations on law firm regulation

  • Society launches new Entity Regulation web portal and newsletter

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is in the process of building a new model of regulating legal services, in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice, to foster innovation in legal services and to increase access to justice.

    The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is in the process of building a new model of regulating legal services, in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice, to foster innovation in legal services and to increase access to justice.

  • B.C. law society votes to remove year of call restriction for benchers

    by Law Society of Alberta, over 1 year ago

    Members of the Law Society of British Columbia have voted to remove a provision in its rules that prevented newly called lawyers from seeking election as benchers.


    Members of the Law Society of British Columbia have voted to remove a provision in its rules that prevented newly called lawyers from seeking election as benchers.