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Lawyer: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

It'll take long years of expensive schooling before you can have your days in court. But the wait can pay off—big

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Lawyer Jobs — Canada’s Best Jobs

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Median Salary: $87,610
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +10%
Total Employees: 51,200
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +22%

Job Description:

This category isn’t restricted to attorneys who appear in court. It encompasses everything from articling students to named partners.

Job Qualifications:

A desire to work in law translates into a lot of schooling—and a lot of student loans. You need a bachelor’s degree (or in Quebec, the completion of a college program). Then you need to slay the LSAT and be accepted into a recognized law school. After that, you need to pass the bar in the province you wish to practice in, and fulfill a period of articling.


The median salary for this category is almost $88,000, but wages aren’t climbing quickly—they’re almost stagnant at approximately 0.1% growth over the last five years.

Career Opportunity:

Post-2008, it’s been in vogue to criticize people who decide to go into law. Having been replaced by the startup gold rush, it’s no longer a ticket to prosperity, critics say. But the long-term outlook for people hoping to enter the law profession is balanced. Total employee growth over the last five years was 21.9%, and the current ratio of job to jobseeker is 1:1.

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