Latest Update – May
The Law Society is currently consulting on four options for
the lawyer licensing process. Comments
from the professions, candidates and the public are welcome by October
Find more information and provide feedback through the Dialogue on Licensing website.
The Committee is also holding a series of facilitated focus
groups on the four options with a broad range of stakeholders and is planning a
series of events across the province to provide opportunities for input. More
information on these events will be available in the coming weeks.
Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario’s governing body,
decided to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the lawyer licensing process
following its 2016 review of the Pathways Pilot Project which included the Law
Practice Program pilot and enhancements to the Articling Program. The goal of
this analysis is to formulate long-term recommendations for an appropriate and
sustainable licensing system for lawyers in Ontario.
In the spring of 2017, the Law Society engaged directly with
the professions and stakeholders and held a series of facilitated in-person and
webcast discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities of lawyer
Drawing on those discussions and extensive research, the Law
Society’s Professional Development and Competence Committee developed and is
currently consulting on four options for pathways to licensure (PDF).
For more information, visit lsodialogue.ca.