Completing the Lawyer Licensing Process Application

(Revised October 2017) 

Deadline for Application to the 2018-19 Licensing Year: December 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

This application will allow you to apply to the Lawyer Licensing Process and to write the March/June/November 2018 and March 2019 Licensing Examinations. It is recommended to those who wish to select the March 2019 sitting that they instead apply in the Fall 2018 intake period. Please also note that candidates who select the earliest March sitting (2018) will be placed in the earlier 2017-18 licensing cycle and will be required to complete their licensing requirements within two cycles (instead of three). Please contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department if you require further information on the impact of selecting a Licensing Examination in an earlier licensing cycle.

If you are a graduate from an accredited law school and you receive information of an incomplete result for any law school examination or course which affects the conferring of your LL.B. or J.D. degree, you must immediately notify the Law Society in writing and comply with the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies on withdrawal. NCA candidates who are attending a law school course at a university and cannot receive their Certificate of Qualification prior to commencing the Lawyer Licensing Process should contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department immediately for further instructions and withdrawal information. The Withdrawal Policy can be found in the Licensing Process Policies.

If you have previously applied to any Ontario Lawyer Licensing Process or the Bar Admission Course you should not re-apply online. Please contact the Law Society to obtain further information and instruction on how to proceed by calling 416-947-3315 or toll free at 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315.

If you are licensed as a paralegal (Class P1 Licence), you must ensure that you do not allow your licence to be suspended or revoked while you are in the Lawyer Licensing Process.  Failure to remain entitled to provide legal services as a paralegal while you still hold a Class P1 Licence may result in a delay in your application to become licensed as a lawyer.

For further information about your P1 status while in the Lawyer Licensing Process, please contact Membership Services.

General Information
Fee and Payment Information

Part I - Completing the Online Application
     Personal Information Section
     Proof of Legal Name
     Voluntary Information Section
     Good Character Section
     Proof of Education Section 
     Experiential Training
     Accommodations Section
     Licensing Examination Section

Part II - Filing the Application 
     Process for Certification of Documents
     Submitting Photos
     Submitting Proof of Full Legal Name
     Submitting Good Character Information
     Submitting the Declaration and Obligations Page
     Application Fee and Late Fee Payments
     Preparing the Application Package

After you Apply

 

General Information

There are two parts to the Lawyer Licensing Process Application.

Part I consists of the online entry of your information and payment of the non-refundable application fee of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). If a third party is paying the application fee on your behalf, you are required to make the payment and then have the third party reimburse you directly for the fee.

After completing Part I online, a PDF application file will be created as well as your Law Society web account. You will access the PDF of your application from your newly assigned Law Society web account. Please read the instructions for both parts of the application submission process prior to commencing your online application.

Part II requires you to file, with the Licensing and Accreditation Department, a printed copy of your application along with required documents. This printed copy of your application must be commissioned or notarized. Detailed instructions are provided throughout the online application process and in the PDF document which is provided upon completion of your online application.

If either your online application (Part I) or the commissioned/notarized printed copy of your application, supporting documents and application fee (Part II) are received by the Licensing and Accreditation Department after the deadline, a late filing fee of $75.00 (plus applicable taxes) will be applied to your account. Applications with an outstanding application fee/late fee or incomplete documentation will not be processed.

It is strongly recommended that you apply by the deadline to avoid the late filing fee and to ensure that registration for the Licensing Examinations and Experiential Training is not delayed or jeopardized. 

Your application will normally be processed within 30 business day‎s of receipt. During peak application periods it may take slightly longer for your application and supporting documents to be processed.

Once your online account has been created and part two of your application has been sent, please log in weekly to review any messages from Licensing and Accreditation pertaining to your application and supporting documentation.

Fee and Payment Information
The Lawyer Licensing Process Fees Schedule is available on the "Fees and Forms" page of the website. Candidates who apply and pay the application fee by the deadline are generally billed for the Lawyer Licensing Process fees in February 2018. If you apply and pay the application fee after February you will be billed the Licensing Examination and study material fees as soon as your application is received and processed.

Examination and study material fees are due in full on or before April 9, 2018 for candidates writing in June 2018 unless arrangements for payment via the Law Society's Monthly Payment Plan are made with the Accounts Office at the Law Society and the enrollment form for this plan must be submitted by the deadline indicated on the form.

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Part I - Completing the Online Application

Part I- Personal Information Section

In this section of the online application, please provide your valid, personal and confidential email address to which you have regular access and which will be valid for at least the next year while you are in the Licensing Process. Please do not use an email address which you may share with a friend, family member or colleague and ensure you are the only person accessing this account.

Personal contact information should be entered in full. It is your responsibility to update this information each time there is a change, up to the day of your call to the bar. Please ensure your name is entered exactly as it appears on the legal name document you are submitting. In addition to your name, you may also enter your common or preferred name in the area provided. Please note that the Law Society may use this name in communications. However, your full legal name will be used on all official documents, including the licensing certificates provided by the Law Society upon your completion of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

Part I - Proof of Legal Name

The acceptable forms for proof of legal name are listed on the first screen of the online application. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you must submit one of the items listed below from a) to e) as your proof of legal name. You must ensure the document is duly commissioned or notarized before you submit it to the Law Society.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, passports, Baptismal Certificates, Registrations of Birth, Drivers Licences and Certificates of Indian Status cards are not proof of your full legal name.

Please note you are required to submit notarized/commissioned copies of both sides of your legal name document.

  1. Canadian Birth Certificate
  2. Canadian Citizenship Identification
    Wallet-sized Canadian Citizenship ID card or the citizenship certificate issued after February 1, 2012. Both sides of the ID card are required as your name of common usage on the photo side is not acceptable. Those who obtained Canadian Citizenship prior to February 15, 1977 must submit a certified copy of the document issued at the time by Citizenship Canada.
  3. Canadian Immigration Record
    Permanent Resident Card from the government of Canada or an IMM 1000, IMM 5292 or IMM 5688 Form.
  4. Canadian Certificate of Birth Abroad
  5. Statement of Birth or Statement of Live Birth
  6. Official Canadian Name Change Certificate
    Applicants must also submit one of a), b), c), d) or e)
  7. Marriage Certificate
    Need only be submitted by those applicants adopting a spousal surname. Applicants must also submit one of a), b), c), d) or e).

 If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, a passport will be acceptable as proof of your legal name. In addition, you must provide supporting documentation issued by the Canadian government, which permits you to enter, reside, study and work (if not exempted from the Experiential Training requirement) in Canada during the entire time you are completing the Lawyer Licensing Process. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, refer to the “Articling Program” and the “Law Practice Program” section on this page for additional documentation required to demonstrate your entitlement to work in Canada and fulfil the experiential training component. You are personally responsible for obtaining such documentation from the relevant Canadian government agency or office and submitting them to your Experiential Training placement employer. This documentation must confirm your proof of legal name, be valid at the time of application and at the time of your call to the bar. Should your documentation expire while you are in the Licensing Process, it is your responsibility to provide a valid updated document as soon as possible.

The following documents are accepted by the Law Society as proof of your legal name if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. You must submit a "certified true" copy of your valid passport (the identification page is adequate) and one of the following documents with your application:

  • Your valid Temporary Resident Visa issued by the Canadian government or;
  • Your valid Study Permit, issued by the Canadian government or;
  • Your valid Work Permit, issued by the Canadian government.

The Law Society’s Licensing and Accreditation Department accepts certain documents issued outside of Canada. Namely, documents supporting applications for an exemption or abridgement and certain legal name documents such as marriage certificates issued abroad. As part of those and other administrative processes, we often receive documents that are not in English or French. Therefore, we ask that documents not issued in English or French be translated by an Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) Certified Translator. Candidates are solely responsible for ensuring the translation is completed by an Ontario ATIO Certified Translator and is sent to Licensing and Accreditation for review and verification.

You may wish to refer to ATIO's Directory of Certified Translators on its website at www.atio.on.ca. Your document(s) will not be reviewed/processed by Licensing and Accreditation unless they are accompanied by a translated document from an ATIO Certified Translator, as well as an affidavit attesting to its authenticity. 

An application is deemed incomplete without the required valid documentation that confirms your full legal name. Applicants who cannot provide the above proof of legal name items at the time of application must do so as soon as they are able to or they will not be permitted to complete any component of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

It is your ongoing responsibility to keep the Law Society advised of any changes to your immigration status until you are called to the bar.

 Part I - Voluntary Information Section

The Law Society gathers statistics on the composition of the profession to better understand demographic trends in the profession, to develop programs and initiatives within the mandate of the Law Society and to promote equality and diversity in the profession.

The Law Society is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the legal profession and to enhancing legal services provided by and for Indigenous, Francophone and equality-seeking communities. The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Rules of Professional Conduct promote equality on the grounds of race, ancestry, place of origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

This section is to be completed voluntarily and the information collected will be kept confidential. The information will only be available in aggregate form and will not be used to identify the individual.

Part I - Good Character Section

Your answers and supporting documentation regarding this section will be reviewed by the Licensing and Accreditation Department and forwarded to the Complaints and Compliance Department for further review. In order for your file to be reviewed, you must ensure you provide all information, fees and supporting documentation at the time of application. Your file and good character section will be reviewed only once you submit all application requirements. More information is available on the Good Character Requirement webpage.

If the answer to any of these questions changes at any time during the Licensing Process and up to the time of your call, you must notify the Law Society in writing immediately by submitting a "Good Character Amendment Form" available online under the "Fees and Forms" section. Candidates wishing to preview the Good Character questions prior to applying online may do so by viewing this form.

Candidates must answer "yes" or "no" to each question in this section of the online application. Any answer of "yes" requires you to provide an explanation and/or related document(s) to the response. Answer each question with either a "yes" or "no". With respect to Question 1 of the Good Character section of the application, answer "no" if:

(a) under the Young Offenders Act or Youth Criminal Justice Act, you were found guilty of an offence and the disposition was an absolute discharge and it has been one year since you were found guilty;

(b) under the Young Offenders Act or Youth Criminal Justice Act, you were found guilty of an offence and the disposition was a conditional discharge and it has been three years since you were found guilty;

(c) under the Young Offenders Act or Youth Criminal Justice Act, you were found guilty of a summary conviction offence and it has been three years since all dispositions in respect of the offence were made or completed, whichever is applicable; or

(d) under the Young Offenders Act or Youth Criminal Justice Act, you were found guilty of an indictable conviction offence and it has been five years since all dispositions in respect of the offence were made or completed, whichever is applicable.

Part I - Proof of Education Section

Law school transcripts (LL.B. or J.D.) or National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Certificates of Qualification must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society as soon as this document becomes available. Law school transcripts and NCA certificates submitted by a candidate are not considered official documentation, as they must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. If you are an applicant from an accredited Canadian law school, it is your responsibility to request and ensure that the issuing institution sends a final LL.B. or J.D. transcript directly to the Licensing and Accreditation Department on or before the due date of August 3, 2018. This transcript must confirm issuance of the degree. You must have successfully completed all required courses for the conferring of the LL.B. or J.D. degree.

LL.B. /J.D. candidates are to enter their “Degree Awarded or Expected Date” accurately to reflect their actual graduation/convocation month and when their degree was conferred upon them, not when law school examinations or classes conclude. For many candidates the convocation month is usually in June.

NCA candidates are to enter their “Degree Awarded or Expected Date” as the month in which they are to receive notification of successful completion and the issuance of their Certificate of Qualification, not the month in which they complete their final examinations. This is typically two months after the completion of their final NCA requirements.

To write any Licensing Examination or commence the Experiential Training Component of the Licensing Process, NCA applicants must have their NCA Certificate of Qualification issued to the Licensing and Accreditation Department at least 30 business days prior to the Licensing Examination date or by the posted deadline to register for the Law Practice Program. Candidates who article are required to submit their degree/Certificate of Qualification prior to the commencement of their articling term.

 Experiential Training Selection

The Experiential Training Program is a required component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. All candidates must choose one of the experiential training options described below.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your Experiential Training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

At the current time, the Law Practice Program has been approved to run until the 2018-19 term. The evaluation of the program is ongoing and further information about future sessions of the LPP, including applicable dates and deadlines, will be posted as it becomes available. Candidates are encouraged to check the "Become a Lawyer" section of the Law Society website and their licensing process web account regularly.

 

Option 1 - Articling Program

You may apply to the Lawyer Licensing Process without having secured an articling position. You must be fully registered in the Lawyer Licensing Process in order to commence and obtain credit for articles. NCA candidates must ensure that confirmation of the completion of their Certificate of Qualification is received prior to commencing articles.

The Articling Program requires candidates to work consecutively for 10 months with an approved Articling Principal. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your Experiential Training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component. The Law Society will not recognize any time served during an articling placement with an unapproved Articling Principal; therefore candidates are required to confirm that their Principal has been approved to serve as an Articling Principal before starting the placement. See Guide for Articling Principals.

You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with all policies and procedures and completing all required documents associated with the commencement of your articling term in the required timelines. All documents that are to be submitted may be downloaded from the Licensing Process website under "Fees and Forms". It is your responsibility to complete and file the Articles of Clerkship form by no later than ten (10) business days after the start of your articling placement. Articles of Clerkships received after 10 business days will be subject to a late filing fee and may not be recognized for articling credit.

If you choose to write a Licensing Examination as a first attempt (Barrister, Solicitor or both) during your articling term you are permitted five (5) uninterrupted business days leave from articling duties to study for each examination, one (1) day of leave from articling duties to write the examination and one (1) day of leave from articling duties following the writing of the Licensing Examination. This designated time, which totals up to 14 business days, must be added to the end of the articling term and should form part of the articling contract. You and your Articling Principal must agree on the scheduling of your first attempt of the Licensing Examinations if it will occur during your articling term.

Candidates may also refer to the information available online regarding an exemption to the Articling Program based on prior practice experience as a lawyer in another common-law jurisdiction. All forms, documents and additional information are available on the Fees and Forms page.

Option 2: The 2018-19 Law Practice Program (LPP)

At the current time, the LPP has been approved to run until the 2018/2019 term. The evaluation of the program is ongoing and further information about future sessions of the LPP, including applicable dates and deadlines, will be posted as it becomes available. Candidates are encouraged to check the "Become a Lawyer" section of the Law Society website and their licensing process web account regularly.  

The LPP consists of a four-month training course and a four-month work placement. The program is currently scheduled to be held once a year. The Law Practice Program will be provided by Ryerson University in English and by the University of Ottawa in French. Please make this selection if you intend on attending the LPP in 2018. Please note that a deadline for LPP registration is applicable. Please see the “Dates to Remember” page for further information on selection and payment deadlines of the LPP as it becomes available. If you are NOT a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your Experiential Training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

The LPP at Ryerson will replicate the experience of working in a law firm using interactive web-based modules and digital simulation tools. The training course component of the LPP at Ryerson will be offered largely online however, candidates will be required to attend in person in Toronto on certain dates. Further information is available on the Ryerson LPP site.

The Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa will provide intensive, hands-on training in a smaller group format. Candidates will be required to attend in person in Ottawa for the duration of the four-month training course. 

The University of Ottawa requires that candidates enrolled in the LPP be fluent in French in order to maximize success in the interactions, skills activities and assessments. Candidates who have not previously studied law in French will be required to successfully complete a language proficiency examination before being accepted into the French LPP. The proficiency examination will be administered by the University of Ottawa. Further information is available on the University of Ottawa’s LPP site.

Option 3:

Please select this option if you are actively seeking articles at this time but have not yet secured a position.

Option 4:

If you do not intend to commence the Experiential Training component during the 2018-19 Licensing Year, you are to select this option on the application. Candidates are to review the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies for further information regarding completing all Lawyer Licensing Process requirements within the allotted time period.

Option 5: Lakehead Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC)

Lakehead IPC graduates may select this option indicating they have already satisfied the Experiential Training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

IPC graduates who intend to complete additional experiential training must make one of the other selections that is appropriate to their situation. Note: Applicable experiential training fees will apply for each candidate who intends to complete experiential training during the Lawyer Licensing Process.

 Part I - Accommodations Section

Candidates may request accommodation in the 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. The Law Society can provide accommodations for licensing examinations to candidates with documented need. 

Candidates must be registered for a licensing examination and have completed their financial arrangements with the Law Society to make a request for accommodation for the licensing examination.

Required forms and supporting documentation for an accommodation request must be received in Examination Administration no later than 30 business days prior to the Licensing Examination for which accommodation is sought. For details and deadlines, see the Law Society’s Accommodations webpage.

 

 Part I - Lawyer Licensing Examination Section

In this section of the application, you must select your preferred date, language and location for the Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations. The Licensing Examination and study material fees are due on April 9, 2018 for those writing in June 2018 and hoping to receive study materials during the April distribution period. Candidates writing at a later sitting in the 2018-19 licensing year who would like to obtain the study materials during the posted distribution period may do so by paying their fees by April 9, 2018.

Each Licensing Examination is seven hours in length and open book. The Law Society will provide you with the necessary licensing examination study materials in late April 2018 to commence self-study preparation for the Lawyer Licensing Examinations. In May 2018 you will be notified by email of your assigned location(s) for these examinations. Examination dates and venues are subject to change.

It is your responsibility to read the Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol prior to sitting any Licensing Examination.

Licensing Examinations scheduled for November 2018 and March 2019 are offered in Toronto and Ottawa only.

Completion of Part I of the Lawyer Licensing Application Process

You should submit your application fee payment online with a credit card at the time you apply. The application fee is non-refundable. Payment may also be made in person at the Law Society during business hours or by sending a certified cheque or money order to the Accounts Office of the Law Society. Payment must be made by the deadline to avoid a late fee. 

Once you have completed the online application you will be sent further information on how to complete Part II of the application process (filing the application) or review the information in Part II below.

You may login to your Law Society web account about 15 minutes after completing your online application in order to open and print your application document for Part II of the process.

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Part II - Filing the Application

 Process for Certification of Documents

To certify documents that must accompany the submitted copy of the Licensing Process application form, you must:

  • Present all original documents to a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public who must attest to their authenticity.
  • Also present the Commissioner of Oaths or the Notary Public with photocopies of these original documents.
  • Ensure the Commissioner of Oaths or the Notary Public certifies all photocopies as "true" copies by affixing his/her signature and seal and Member number, thereby attesting to their authenticity.
  • Ensure you and the Commissioner/Notary sign your application in the space provided on the last page.

Only "certified true" copies of documents can be submitted with your application.

It is acceptable to submit documents with the application that have been certified or commissioned outside of Canada. Please note that you cannot certify your own documents. Please ensure you retain a photocopy of your completed and certified application form and supporting documentation for your records. All documents submitted with the application form are the property of the Law Society of Upper Canada and will not be returned. Original supporting documents must not be submitted to the Law Society.

NOTE: Candidates are responsible for requesting final law school transcripts and Certificates of Qualification from the issuing institution. These documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department and need not be certified. 

Part II - Submitting Photos

You must submit two colour passport photos, taken within the last 12 months. Print your full legal name in ink on the back of each photograph as it appears on the legal name document(s) you will be submitting. Black and white photos will not be accepted. The photos submitted must be identical, original passport photos that comply with the Canadian passport photo requirements available online. Computer printed or generated photos will not be accepted.

Affix one photo to the designated box on your PDF application. Place the second photo in a secure envelope and paperclip it to the front of your application. Please do not staple the photo to the application. The second photo will be used to produce your Law Society candidate photo identification card, without which you will not be permitted to write any Lawyer Licensing Examinations or receive materials. Your photo identification card is also required to access legal institutions during the Experiential Training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

Part II - Submitting Proof of Full Legal Name

The Law Society’s Licensing and Accreditation Department accepts certain documents issued outside of Canada. Namely, documents supporting applications for an exemption or abridgement and certain legal name documents such as marriage certificates issued abroad. As part of those and other administrative processes, we often receive documents that are not in English or French. Therefore, we ask that documents not issued in English or French be translated by an Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) Certified Translator. Candidates are solely responsible for ensuring the translation is completed by an Ontario ATIO Certified Translator and is sent to Licensing and Accreditation for review and verification.

You may wish to refer to ATIO's Directory of Certified Translators on its website at www.atio.on.ca. Your document(s) will not be reviewed/processed by Licensing and Accreditation unless they are accompanied by a translated document from an ATIO Certified Translator, as well as an affidavit attesting to its authenticity.

You must attach only a certified "true" copy of the document(s) you indicated will serve as your proof of full legal name when applying online.

It is your responsibility to follow up and provide the appropriate documentation to the Licensing and Accreditation Department as soon as you receive it. If you are submitting a Temporary Resident Visa, Study or Work Permit you must ensure the Licensing and Accreditation Department receives a commissioned or notarized copy with your application or you will not be permitted to complete any component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. All such documents must be current and valid until the date you are called. If you are NOT a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your Experiential Training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

Please ensure your documentation confirms the name you have entered on the online application.

All applications for the Lawyer Licensing Process are incomplete until proper documentation has been received confirming your legal name. You will not be licensed until the required documents are filed.

When called to the bar, licensees must be registered on the Solicitor's Rolls of the Law Society with their full legal name. Certificates will also be issued in the candidate's full legal name at that time.

Part II - Submitting Good Character Information

You must maintain good character throughout the Lawyer Licensing Process, up to and including the time of your call. Failure to maintain good character status while enrolled in the Lawyer Licensing Process may delay or jeopardize your call to the bar. For more information regarding the review process is available on the Good Character Requirement webpage.

All good character documents in support of a "yes" answer must be included with your application package when you have it commissioned or notarized. You must sign and clearly print your name and address on all supporting good character documents.

If you provided an electronic file in support of your good character answer when applying online, any files you provided will have been saved in your Law Society web account. You must print these files and include them with your paper copy submission to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. If you indicated that you would be including documentation in paper copy in support of your good character answer(s), you must include the documents(s) that you listed in the text entry area of your online application.

Applications without the required explanation will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Part II - Submitting the Declaration and Obligations page

You must sign the printed PDF application form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public. In signing this application you agree to follow all the rules and regulations of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies. In signing this application you acknowledge the following:

  • You have read and understood the contents and requirements of all sections in this application.
  • You declare under oath and solemnly swear or affirm that the information in the application is current, complete and correct.
  • You undertake to notify the Law Society of Upper Canada in writing immediately should any of the information change prior to being licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • You undertake to file all required supporting documentation and pay all applicable fees by the prescribed due dates.
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada may commence an investigation/prosecution against you with respect to the provision of legal services without a licence.
  • You acknowledge that if you provide any false information to the Law Society in response to any question or inquiry in your Lawyer application or if you declare under oath and solemnly swear or affirm the contents of your Lawyer application falsely the Law Society may commence an investigation against you.
  • You hereby authorize the Law Society to investigate anything mentioned in your responses under the Good Character section of this application in order to determine whether you are of good character.
  • You hereby authorize the Law Society to make enquiries and request more information related to the contents of your application.
  • You acknowledge that, with the exception of the “Voluntary Information” section of your Licensing Application, and medical and/or personal information provided as part of the Accommodation procedures for candidates in the Licensing Process, the information contained in your Licensing Application, as well as any information and documentation that subsequently form part of your Licensing file, may be shared with other divisions within the Law Society and the Law Practice Program providers as required in order for the Law Society to fulfill its regulatory mandate.

Part II - Application Fee and Late Fee Payments

If you did not submit the application fee by credit card at the time you applied online, please ensure you mail a certified cheque or money order for the application fee payment directly to the Accounts Office. You may pay by credit card, debit card or cash at the Law Society's Client Service Centre in Toronto. Please print your name, candidate number (available in your Licensing Process Account) and phone number clearly on the front of your certified cheque or money order. Personal cheques will not be accepted. Payment of the application fee must be submitted for your application to be processed.

A late filing fee of $75.00 (plus applicable taxes) is payable if your application fee payment or your paper copy application is received after the application due date.

Part II - Preparing the Application Package

Part II of the application process requires you to do the following by the application deadline: 

1. Log into your Lawyer Licensing Process User Account and access your PDF application under "My Documents". The file is created about 15 minutes after you complete the online process.

2. Print the PDF of your online application on 8 ½ X 11 paper.

3. Print your supporting documentation for the Good Character section, if applicable.

4. Collect all required documentation to be included with your paper copy of the application that must be submitted to the Licensing and Accreditation Department.

5. Copy all your documents and have your application and all required supporting documentation commissioned or notarized. Law school transcripts and NCA Certificates of Qualification must be sent directly to the Licensing and Accreditation Department by the issuing institution. You are not required to submit these documents with your application.

6. Mail, courier or during business hours, drop off your commissioned/notarized application and the required documents to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. The package must be received by the Licensing and Accreditation Department on or before December 1, 2017, by 5 p.m. E.S.T. or a late filing fee will be applied to your account.

Note: Mailed/couriered application packages must be received by the deadline date or a late fee will be applied.

7. If you did not submit the application fee by credit card at the time you applied online, please ensure you also mail a certified cheque or money order for the application fee payment directly to the Accounts Office. This must be received on or before December 1, 2017, by 5 p.m. E.S.T., or a late filing fee will be applied to your account.

Complete the checklist on the last page of the PDF version of your application prior to having your application and supporting documents commissioned or notarized, in order to ensure you have collected all required documents for submission with your application. You do not need to submit the checklist with the application. Simply refer to the checklist as a guide to ensure you have collected and prepared all the documentation to be sent to the Licensing and Accreditation Department or requested from your law school/the NCA. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

PLEASE DO NOT FOLD OR BEND THE APPLICATION

Submit the application package in person, courier or mail it in a 9" X 12" envelope to:

Lawyer Licensing Process - Application
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N6 

You may pay all fees online by the posted deadline or send to: 

Accounts Office
Lawyer Licensing Process- Application Fee Payment
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N6 

After you Apply:

Once you have applied to the Licensing Process and your application has been received and verified, the Licensing and Accreditation Department will message you via your Law Society web account with relevant and time sensitive information. Once you submit part two of the application, you are responsible for checking your Law Society web account weekly.

During the Licensing Process, you must inform the Law Society of any changes to your mailing address, telephone number, email address or any status change subsequent to the filing of this application. Failure to do so will delay mailings and affect your status in the Licensing Process and/or your eligibility for licensing.

If your application information changes at any time after you apply online please log into your Law Society web account to obtain the Application Amendment Form. This form must be used to submit changes to your application regarding proof of education information, good character questions or proof of legal name. You are required to have any changes indicated on this form commissioned or notarized before submitting the form.

In February 2018 specific invoicing and registration information will also be sent to your web account. If the application fee is paid by the due date, you will be invoiced your licensing examination and study material fees in February 2018. 

The Licensing Process fees are due in full on April 9, 2018 for those writing the Licensing Examinations in June 2018. Fees for subsequent sittings are due 30 BUSINESS days prior to the examination date.

ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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