The Paralegal Licensing Examination is a self-study, open-book, seven hour, multiple-choice examination.
The licensing examination assesses entry-level competencies of a Paralegal's knowledge of substantive and procedural law and ethical and professional responsibilities that have the most direct impact on the protection of the public and that influence the provision of effective and ethical legal services.
The eligibility requirements to write the Paralegal Licensing Examination are as follows:
- Graduation from an accredited Paralegal Education Program offered at a college approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
- Receipt of an official transcript from the institution indicating that the person has graduated from an Accredited Paralegal Education Program sent directly by the issuing institution to the Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department; the completed and submission of a Statement of Field Placement form to the Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department which must confirm the person completed 120 hours at an approved field placement.
- Payment of all required fees.
The Law Society provides each candidate with study materials to prepare for the licensing examination. Candidates are permitted to mark their study materials and bring them into the examination Testing Area. However, all study materials, including binders, must remain in the Testing Area at the conclusion of the examination and are forfeited by the candidate.
Please see the below Licensing Examination Orientation Video for information about the Licensing Examinations.
Candidates may request accommodation in 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. For further information please see Accommodations.
Licensing Examination Orientation Video Transcript