Accommodations

Candidates may request accommodation in the Lawyer Licensing Process or the Paralegal Licensing Process based on a condition that arises from an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O, 1990, c. H.19. 

Accommodation in the Law Practice Program in the Lawyer Licensing Process

Candidates who wish to request Accommodation during the Law Practice Program (LPP) are to contact the provider of the English LPP (Ryerson University) or the French LPP (University of Ottawa) as appropriate.

Accommodation for the Call to the Bar Ceremony in the Lawyer Licensing Process

The Law Society provides accommodation and assistance at Call to the Bar ceremonies upon request by candidates. Examples of accommodation include accessible seating, mobility assistance, oral and visual interpreters, and personal frequency modulation systems.

Requests for accommodation must be made by the candidate at least one month prior to the Call to the Bar ceremony. For more information please contact licensingprocess@lsuc.on.ca.

Accommodation for Licensing Examinations in the Paralegal Licensing Process or the Lawyer Licensing Process

Accommodation Policy

Candidates seeking accommodation for Licensing Examinations must review the Law Society’s Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. This document contains important information about the Law Society’s duty to accommodate candidates, the Law Society’s procedures and strategies for accommodation, and candidates’ responsibilities when requesting and receiving accommodation.

Registration Requirement

Before initiating an accommodation request, candidates must first register for the licensing examination for which accommodation is sought and have completed their financial arrangements with the Law Society. Documents received by Examination Administration in advance of completed registration will not be processed until notification of registration is received from the candidate at examinationaccommodation@lsuc.on.ca.

Accommodation Request and Approval Process

To make a request for accommodation, candidates must follow the procedures set out in the Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. In order to receive accommodations for a Licensing Examination, candidates will be required to submit three forms: (1) an Accommodation Request Form, (2) a Supporting Documentation Form for Medical Professionals Recommending Accommodation (where applicable), and (3) an Agreement and Undertaking regarding Licensing Examination Accommodation which will be sent to the candidate once accommodation is approved. 

Details of approved accommodations, the location, and time of the accommodated examination sitting will be provided via the candidate’s personal email address on file with the Law Society at least 15 business days prior to the examination. Please ensure your email address is up to date, and note that accommodated examinations are written at a separate location from those posted on the Law Society website. Location information for accommodated examinations is communicated directly to the candidate via email, as above. 

The Accommodation Request Form, and the Supporting Documentation Form, with all necessary supporting documentation, must be completed in full and received in Examination Administration no later than 30 business days prior to the sitting of the Licensing Examination for which a candidate has requested the accommodation. Final determinations about accommodation requests will not be made until all required supporting documentation is received.

Please use the following links to access the Accommodation Request Forms:
Request for Accommodation Form (PDF)
Supporting Documentation Form (PDF)

Expiration of Approval 

Approved accommodations will carry over to a future examination sitting subject to the following limitations: 1) that the examination is within the same licensing cycle, 2) that the accommodation granted was not approved on the basis of a temporary ground, 3) that there is no need for change to the approved accommodation. In the event that there is a need for a change to the approved accommodation, the candidate must reapply by the deadlines listed below.

Request Deadlines

Examination Date

Examination 

 *Deadline

February 14, 2017 

Paralegal

December 13, 2016

March 7, 2017 

Barrister

January 3, 2017

March 21, 2017 

Solicitor

January 17, 2017

June 6, 2017 

Barrister

April 3, 2017

June 20, 2017 

Solicitor

April 17, 2017

August 1, 2017 

Paralegal

June 19, 2017

October 17, 2017 

Paralegal

September 1, 2017

November 7, 2017 

Barrister

September 25, 2017

November 21, 2017 

Solicitor

October 10, 2017

February 13, 2018

Paralegal

January 12, 2018

March 13, 2018

Barrister

January 29, 2018

March 27, 2018 

Solicitor

February 12, 2018

*Deadline for Law Society receipt of Accommodation Request Form, Supporting Documentation Form, supporting documentation.

For more information regarding accommodations for Licensing Examinations, candidates are invited to contact Examination Administration staff at examinationaccommodation@lsuc.on.ca.