Congratulations on your Success! A custom robe-fitting is a right of passage for lawyers to mark their academic and professional accomplishments.

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Legal RobeThe Law Society in each province establishes the licensing and character requirements deemed necessary to becoming a lawyer. In order to be called to the Bar, candidates must complete and meet these requirements. For some candidates, however, completion of the licensing process may not be required; e.g. lawyers applying to the Bar from another Canadian province, and law deans and professors. These candidates should contact the Law Society in their province or territory for more information.

For the Call to the Bar ceremony, candidates are required to be dressed in proper court attire, which includes the following items:

Legal Robe

  • Black barrister gown
  • Black barrister waistcoat or vest
  • White wing collar shirt
  • Barrister tabs
  • Black, charcoal grey, or court stripe trousers or skirt
  • Black or dark grey socks; black, dark grey or natural hose
  • Black shoes

Harcourts’ legal garments are custom made for each candidate being called to the Bar, in a variety of fabric types. You must have your measurements taken about four to six weeks before your Call ceremony. Our tailors are available to take your measurements at our locations in downtown Toronto or Vieux Montreal Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For your convenience, we also have a network of dealers across the country who can take your measurements. Contact us for more information.

Harcourts’ also rents attire for the Call to the Bar ceremony. Rental attire consists of a one-piece combination gown/waistcoat, and a shirt front with tabs attached. Sizes of rental attire are limited, but we do our best to ensure a proper fit.