The Question on Mental Health in the Québec Bar Admissions Process
To get a license to practice law in Québec, law students have to apply for admission at École du Barreau du Québec, the provincial bar school, and also to apply for admission into the legal profession, through the Comité d'accès à la profession of Barreau du Québec.
In 2012, discriminatory questions requiring applicants to disclose past and present mental health conditions and consultations with mental health professionals were added to the admission form of the Comité d'accès à la profession. Non-disclosure can result in losing your license once obtained, but disclosure can be detrimental to your admission. See the questions as they read in 2014.
Thanks to the initiative of McGill Law students, the Law Students’ Association requests the Barreau remove these questions and Daniel Jutras, Dean of McGill Faculty of Law, joins the Barreau Human Rights committee to work with the Barreau Education Committee on the mental health questions. In 2015, those questions were removed. A victory for all law students and the whole legal profession in Quebec to deconstruct stigma on mental illness and mental health strategies, thanks to an initiative of McGill Law students.
In the winter of 2015, the Barreau removed discriminatory questions on mental health for the Fall 2015 intake. A victory for all law students and the whole legal profession in Quebec to deconstruct stigma on mental illness and mental health strategies.