After starting Quebec Bar School, before you know it, you have to write the ethics exam. This exam is your first exposure to bar-style questions and students often do quite poorly on it. I would say that roughly half of all students writing the exam fail it and those students who do get through, most just get through. The ethics exam mark will follow you through your whole bar process. This is the case even if you fail the final exam and have to do the re-write. Consequently, your task of passing the Quebec Bar is much easier if you managed to pass the ethics exam.
Just like the final Bar exam, you need to already get into the mindset that answers must be brief and to the point. See the following post for some guidance: Quebec Bar Short Answer Cardinal Rules.
Try to do as many of these past exams (which contain solutions prepared by students) as you can. The ones posted are quite short. Unfortunately, there are very few past ethics exams floating around and many of the questions are no longer relevant. The majority of these exams were extracted from a document compiling past ethics questions (which is why the exams don’t start at question 1.) The Barreau du Quebec no longer asks questions on judicial expenses. Moreover, the Code de Déontologie des avocats has changed since many of these exams came out, so the article numbers need to be updated.
If anyone has access to more ethics exams, please send them to me.
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Matthew, just wanted to thank you for this helpful post, and your blog. You’re a great human being.
You the real MVP. Thanks.
Thank you man, this will be really helpful for the Ethics exam.
Hi! I was looking for a tutor or someone that could help me for the bar exam. Do you think you can help? Pls let me know! I will take it in Jan 2021
I can definitely give you hand. I’ll send you an email.
Hello, what is the duration of the ethics exam? and is there an appeal regarding the final evaluation grade (perhaps in the court)?
do you know how they choose the question for the exams? who is in charge of the drafting of the question I mean.
this is for a work survey regarding the Quebec Bar Exam. thank you
Thanks for reaching out!
The main appeal process is for the final exam, but I have to believe that there is also an appeal process for the Ethics Exam. The questions for the Ethics Exam are prepared by a committee of the Bar School. The questions are fairly consistent from year to year. There is an initial overview question where you need to identify the “manquements” (ethical errors) in a scenario. Then there is normally a question on confidentiality, conflict of interest, and privilege.