Frequently Asked Questions about Professionalism Case Studies for CPD

What is a Professionalism Case Study?

A Professionalism Case Study is a description of an actual situation in which a lawyer or paralegal is faced with a decision involving one or more ethical, professional responsibility or practice management issues.

Are the Professionalism Case Studies relevant to all practice areas?

Each Professionalism Case Study is set within a specific practice area, including Business, Civil Litigation, Criminal, Family, Labour, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Small Claims Court Litigation, Wills and Estates, and Workplace Safety and Insurance. The professional responsibility, ethics and practice management issues addressed in the Professionalism Case Studies are common to all areas of practice.

What can I learn from a Professionalism Case Study?

A Professionalism Case Study allows you to put yourself in the position of the lawyer or paralegal in the case to identify the problem, develop alternatives, and create an action plan for resolving the issues in accordance with your professional obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct or The Paralegal Rules of Conduct.

How can I use a Professionalism Case Study?

Professionalism Case Studies can be used as the basis for group discussion in a variety of settings.

Lawyers and paralegals may use Professionalism Case Studies as the basis for one-hour Study Group sessions. The Law Society strongly recommends that a facilitator be used to guide the Study Group sessions. For information and resources on facilitating a Study Group session, please contact the Law Society at rc@lsuc.on.ca.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) providers, including firms, and law or paralegal associations, may use Professionalism Case Studies in programs that contain content involving professional responsibility, ethics and practice management.

Are the Professionalism Case Studies eligible for CPD accreditation?

Professionalism Case Studies are only eligible for accreditation when they are used in the context of Study Group sessions or programs involving two or more lawyers or paralegals. The Study Group session must be accredited in advance by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

If you are a lawyer or paralegal who seeks to organize an accredited Study Group session, you must apply for accreditation at least 30 days in advance of the session date by submitting an Application for Accreditation - Alternate Eligible Educational Activities (PDF).

If you are a CPD provider who seeks accreditation for a program in which a Professionalism Case Study will be used, you must apply for accreditation at least 30 days in advance of the program by submitting an Application for Program Accreditation (PDF) .

Can I use the Professionalism Case Studies to fulfil my CPD professionalism requirement?

If you are the facilitator of a Professionalism Case Study Group session that has been accredited by the Law Society, you may count up to three hours of CPD credit for every hour of facilitation or teaching toward your annual CPD requirement.
If you are a participant in a Professionalism Case Study session or program, you may count the hours that have been accredited by the Law Society toward your annual CPD requirement.

Does the Law Society provide any guides or other resources for facilitators of Professionalism Case Study Group sessions?

Guides and other resources are available to lawyers and paralegals who wish to facilitate accredited Professionalism Case Study Group sessions. To request a Facilitator’s Guide or for more information, please contact the Law Society at rc@lsuc.on.ca