Lawyer Licensing Process

The focus of the Lawyer Licensing Process is to ensure that candidates have demonstrated they possess the required entry-level competencies, in order to provide legal services effectively and in the public interest.   

 Information on the Law Practice Program

To qualify for admission to the Lawyer Licensing Process, an applicant must have acquired credentials through one of the following options:

Graduates of an Accredited
Law School (Common Law)

For applicants who acquire an
L.B./J.D. in Canada
Internationally Trained
or Educated Lawyers

For applicants with a law degree obtained outside of Canada
Lawyers from Outside
of Ontario

For lawyers called outside Ontario who wish to practise Law in Ontario

Professional competence is achieved through a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities and judgment. Prior to applying, it is strongly recommended that candidates review the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies and the Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol to familiarize themselves with relevant information.

The Licensing Process consists of the following mandatory components that are required to be completed in order to called to the Bar of Ontario:

Barrister Licensing
Examination & Solicitor   
Licensing Examination 
    +     Articling Program     +     Good Character Requirement
(see Part VI)
     ›     Call to the Bar of
(Become Licensed) 
 Law Practice Program  

The Law Society recently hosted a webcast for law students providing general information on the Lawyer Licensing Process, how to apply, the Experiential Training and Licensing Examination components, relevant deadlines and other procedural information. Listen to the webcast at:

    Law School Info Session Webcast    
Transcript of the webcast  

  This section guides a qualified applicant through the application process:

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IMPORTANT NOTE – TORONTO 2015 PAN AM AND PARAPAN AM GAMES: This summer, the City of Toronto will be hosting the Pan Am (July 7-26) and Parapan Am (August 7-15) Games. Please be advised that, during and around these dates, you may experience traffic delays, reduced parking, and other travel inconvenience throughout downtown Toronto and on major routes leading into Toronto. Licensing process candidates visiting the City of Toronto should plan travel and accommodations well in advance and account for the influx of visitors to the city during those dates. For specific, up-to-date travel information, we encourage you to consult any of the following websites: Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, City of Toronto, TTC, and/or GO Transit.