Advice on how to become Canadian tax lawyer (foreign lawyer)


Joshf126
Hi all,

I am new to these forums and would really appreciate to get your opinions on how would be the most efficient way for me to become a tax lawyer in Canada.

Broadly speaking, I am Spanish qualified lawyer currently processing my invitation to apply for the Canadian permanent residency permit. I have a LLM in Spanish tax law and 4 years of work experience as a tax lawyer in Spain and in Qatar (where I am working at the moment as a foreign tax advisor). I am seeking to move to Canada and start a new life there in around one year.

However, in order to become admitted to a Canadian bar association, I first need to take a Canadian common law LLM according to my NCA assessment because I come from a civil law jurisdiction. The issue is that I want to practice tax law, which is a subject not covered by the Canadian Common Law LLM. Some Canadian universities offer LLMs in Tax Law, which would be very useful to gain knowledge on Canadian taxation. Therefore, my question is, after arriving to Canada, what kind of LLM should I enroll in?

As I see it there are two alternatives:

1) Pursuing a Canadian Common Law LLM to get my NCA certification, then look for an articling student job at the tax department of a law firm, and in the meantime maybe do a part time/online tax course (I saw that CPA Canada offers one for working tax professionals).

2) Enrolling first in a Tax LLM, then try to get a job as tax advisor and in the meantime enroll in a part time LLM in Canadian Common Law. After two years, I would be able to start my articling job, hopefully at the law firm where I would have been working since the beginning.

What would be easier in terms of getting a job at a law firm/tax consultancy firm? Because what i would like to avoid is to spend 2 years studying without working as I wouldn’t have sufficient savings (or at least it would consume all my savings). That would be my last option (to do both LLMs in Canadian Common Law and Tax Law).

Many thanks in advance!!

[Edited by Joshf126 on Dec 08, 2018]

Hi all,

I am new to these forums and would really appreciate to get your opinions on how would be the most efficient way for me to become a tax lawyer in Canada.

Broadly speaking, I am Spanish qualified lawyer currently processing my invitation to apply for the Canadian permanent residency permit. I have a LLM in Spanish tax law and 4 years of work experience as a tax lawyer in Spain and in Qatar (where I am working at the moment as a foreign tax advisor). I am seeking to move to Canada and start a new life there in around one year.

However, in order to become admitted to a Canadian bar association, I first need to take a Canadian common law LLM according to my NCA assessment because I come from a civil law jurisdiction. The issue is that I want to practice tax law, which is a subject not covered by the Canadian Common Law LLM. Some Canadian universities offer LLMs in Tax Law, which would be very useful to gain knowledge on Canadian taxation. Therefore, my question is, after arriving to Canada, what kind of LLM should I enroll in?

As I see it there are two alternatives:

1) Pursuing a Canadian Common Law LLM to get my NCA certification, then look for an articling student job at the tax department of a law firm, and in the meantime maybe do a part time/online tax course (I saw that CPA Canada offers one for working tax professionals).

2) Enrolling first in a Tax LLM, then try to get a job as tax advisor and in the meantime enroll in a part time LLM in Canadian Common Law. After two years, I would be able to start my articling job, hopefully at the law firm where I would have been working since the beginning.

What would be easier in terms of getting a job at a law firm/tax consultancy firm? Because what i would like to avoid is to spend 2 years studying without working as I wouldn’t have sufficient savings (or at least it would consume all my savings). That would be my last option (to do both LLMs in Canadian Common Law and Tax Law).

Many thanks in advance!!
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