(updated October 2016)
**2017/18 LPP NOTICE TO CANDIDATES**:
On November 9, 2016 Law Society Convocation approved a continuation of the Law Practice Program (LPP) for an additional two licensing years. Accordingly, the LPP will be available in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 licensing years. Further information regarding registration deadlines and key dates will be posted as it becomes available and candidates are encouraged to check the website and their licensing process web account regularly.
Candidates entering or currently registered in the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process may choose from two experiential training paths: the Articling Program or the Law Practice Program (LPP). Candidates must complete either the LPP or the Articling Program to satisfy the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. Both pathways are based on supporting the fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates, established by the Law Society. The LPP consists of a four-month training course and a four-month work placement. Candidates who select the LPP experiential training path must complete both the training course and the work placement. The program runs from late August/early September until the end of April. Ryerson University provides the English program and the University of Ottawa provides the French program. The registration deadline for the 2017-18 LPP will be announced in early 2017. Candidates are to check the website under “Dates to Remember” and their online account for updates on the LPP and relevant dates and deadlines.
English LPP at Ryerson University
The Law Practice Program at Ryerson University will run from the end of August 2017 to the end of April 2018. The training course component will run from the end of August to the end of December 2017, and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2018. The LPP at Ryerson replicates 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 is offered largely online. However, candidates will be required to attend in person in Toronto for approximately three weeks. Once finalized, specific dates will be posted in early 2017 on the "Dates to Remember" page.
Candidates are also encouraged to regularly consult Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program for more information.
French LPP at University of Ottawa
The Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa will be held from early September 2017 to the end of April 2018. The training course component will run from early September to the end of December 2017 and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2018. The LPP at the University of Ottawa provides intensive, hands-on training in a smaller group format. Candidates are required to attend in person in Ottawa for the duration of the four-month training course. Once finalized, specific dates for the LPP at the University of Ottawa will be posted in early 2017 on the “Dates to Remember” page. Candidates are to note there will be a mandatory online orientation during the last week of August 2016.
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. Please contact email@example.com for further details. Candidates are encouraged to check the University of Ottawa’s Law Practice Program website in English or French.
Law Practice Program (LPP) Refund Policy
Candidates seeking to transfer from the Law Practice Program to the Articling Program may do so within the same licensing cycle without penalty. Candidates seeking to otherwise withdraw from the Law Practice Program are advised of the following deadlines:
||Experiential Training Fee Refund Policy
|Within the first 2 weeks of the LPP
|After the first 2 weeks but within the first 4 weeks of the LPP
|After the first 4 weeks of the LPP
For further information, please contact the Law Society through your online account or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What happens if I have registered for the LPP and I subsequently obtain an articling position? Can I switch my choice?
If your circumstances change after registering for the LPP, please contact the Law Society through your online web account or by calling 416-947-3315 for assistance in changing your experiential training path. Candidates are to also review the refund information listed on the "General Information: Fees, Billing, Refunds" page.
2. How do I get a work placement for the Law Practice Program?
Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa, as providers of the Law Society’s Law Practice Program, work with candidates and the profession to arrange for work placements. Through partnerships with the legal community across the province, the LPP provides candidates with work placement opportunities in a variety of practice areas and contexts, including traditional law firms, in-house legal departments, non-governmental organizations and legal clinics. Work placements are arranged on an ongoing basis during the training course component of the LPP. Candidates are required to engage in a screening and interview process in order to secure a work placement. The placement process takes into account candidates’ interests and preferences as well as employers’ needs. Final selection of candidates who receive offers for work placements is determined by the employer.
Placements may be paid or unpaid. The level of pay in paid placements will vary across different organizations and areas of the province. The providers of the LPP will work to ensure that as many work placements as possible are paid.
The diverse nature of available work placements means that opportunities are located throughout the province. Candidates may therefore be required to consider temporarily re-locating for the four-month period of their work placement.
3. How much will the Law Practice Program cost?
The Articling Program/ Law Practice Program fee is currently $2,800 (plus applicable taxes) and is due in full on April 7, 2017 for those who will commence articles or attend the 2017 LPP in the 2017-18 licensing cycle. A detailed Lawyer Licensing Process Fees Schedule is available on the Law Society website and will be updated with any changes in January 2017.
4. Does the Law Society have any payment options available for the Law Practice Program?
The Law Society currently offers a Monthly Payment Plan for candidates who would prefer to pay their fees in either five or ten instalments. Please see the Financial Assistance section under the "Fees and Forms” page for information and deadlines surrounding this payment option and how to enroll.
The Law Society has also established a Repayable Allowance Program (RAP) to assist candidates who require financial assistance for tuition and a portion of their living expenses while they are in the Licensing Process and have exhausted all other financial resources. Eligibility information and the application information is posted online on the "Financial Assistance" page.
Candidates are encouraged to review the information for both the Monthly Payment Plan and the Repayable Allowance Program and contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department if they require additional information.
NOTE: Application and enrollment in these programs must be completed by the candidate by the applicable deadline in order to ensure that registration is secured.
5. Is the Law Practice Program eligible for financial assistance such as OSAP or Canada Student Loans?
As a practical training course required for professional licensure, the LPP does not qualify for OSAP funding. However, Candidates enrolled in the LPP that have existing Ontario Student Loans are eligible for ‘Continuation of Interest-Free Status’. This allows Candidates to maintain interest and payment-free status for previously issued Ontario government loans while they are enrolled in the LPP. Please note: Candidates in a PAID work placement are NOT eligible for Continuance of Interest Free Status for the winter term.
Candidates with existing Ontario Student Loans who have questions about this process should visit the Financial Aid office at their law school or at Ryerson University.
Continuation of Interest Free Status is ONLY available for Ontario provincial student loan programs.
Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa does not provide financial assistance for LPP Candidates.
Please see the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) website for information on financial assistance: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/FinancialAssistance/
6. I have completed only a portion of my articling requirement. Can I attend the Law Practice Program?
Yes. Candidates who are already registered in the Licensing Process and who have not completed the Articling Program are eligible to register for the Law Practice Program by the posted registration and payment deadline. Candidates will be required to complete both the four-month training course and four-month work placement and will be required to pay the applicable program fees. Candidates who have completed a full 10-month articling term or have been granted an Exemption are not eligible for the LPP.
7. What is the attendance policy of the LPP?
The LPP is a rigorous, professional training program and requires candidates to be engaged on a full-time basis in order to ensure fulfillment of all the required competencies. The LPP providers have policies relating to attendance requirements that must be fulfilled by candidates.
Candidates in the work placement component of the LPP may have up to one week of vacation time, to be negotiated directly with the employer and LPP provider.
8. Can I write my Licensing Examinations during the LPP?
In light of the workload involved in the training course portion, it is recommended that candidates enrolled in the LPP do not write the Licensing Examinations in November. Candidates registered for the March sitting of the Licensing Examinations may make arrangements for up to one week of vacation time with their work placement employer.
9. I have found a lawyer who would be willing to supervise me for my four-month work placement. How can I be sure this lawyer qualifies to supervise me?
Lawyers who are eligible to act as work placement supervisors must be in good standing with the Law Society, have practised for at least three of the last five years, and not be the subject of any open investigation. Candidates should contact the LPP Work Placement Office at either Ryerson or the University of Ottawa for further information.