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Latest Update – May 2018

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 26, 2018.

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.

Background

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 licensing.

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