Foreign legal consultants give legal advice on legal matters in the country where they are licensed.
Foreign legal consultants are licensed to practice law in a country outside of Canada. You give legal advice on legal matters in the country where you are licensed. You cannot provide legal advice or services regarding the law of Ontario unless you are a licensed lawyer in Ontario. You may work for large law firms or for companies with operations outside of Canada. You may also be self-employed and provide your services on a contract basis.
Generally, foreign legal consultants:
You need to have a university degree in law and a licence to practice law in your home jurisdiction. You must also have a permit to practice as a foreign legal consultant from the Law Society of Upper Canada. To be eligible for a permit to practice as a foreign legal consultant from the Law Society of Upper Canada, you need to meet eligibility requirements [PDF].
Source: Law Society of Upper Canada
This job requires:
This job requires
5 or more
years of work experience.
As a foreign legal consultant, you need to:
You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with clients. You may need to write formal legal opinions. It can be helpful to know 2 or more languages.
Many Canadian companies are getting into global markets. They need the legal expertise of foreign legal consultants to be able to set up companies and follow all applicable laws.
The work prospects for this job are:
The average hourly wage for this job is:
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Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Some college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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