Prior to applying to the Law Society of Ontario’s Certified Specialist Program (“CSP”), applicants are asked to review the Administrative Policies Governing the Certified Specialist Program (“Policies”). The Application for Certification is common to all specialty areas and must be completed by all applicants. The Standards for Certification and Learning Criteria must also be included in the application and are specific to the specialty area to which an application is being made.
As part of the application process, the appropriate number and type of reference forms must be received from referees as defined in the applicable Standards for Certification. Reference Forms can be submitted to the CSP in any of the following formats:
- written hard copy in a sealed envelope – mailed directly to the Law Society’s Certified Specialist Program;
- written hard copy in a sealed envelope, with the signature of the referee along the seal – included in the application package sent by the applicant; or
- emailed directly to the Certified Specialist Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the referee – provided that nobody else copied on the email
Also required with the application, is a claims history from LawPRO. When requesting a claims report from LawPRO, be advised that it may take up to ten (10) business days from the date upon which any such request is received by LawPRO to process your report. In cases of high volumes of requests, your claims request may take longer to process. Please ensure that you take this date range into consideration when making your application.
Review of new applications for the CSP takes a minimum of 45 business days to ensure appropriate service standards are met. All necessary supporting documents must be properly completed and included with the application or processing delays will result. Once a new application is reviewed and has been confirmed by Professional Development and Competence Counsel to comply with the Policies, the application will be presented to the Certified Specialist Board for final approval at their next scheduled meeting.
Do not hesitate to contact the Certified Specialist Program at email@example.com if you have any questions with respect to your application.
Materials Common to all Applicants
Areas of Specialization
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
Citizenship and Immigration Law
Corporate and Commercial Law
Estates and Trusts Law
Indigenous Legal Issues
Intellectual Property Law
Real Estate Law
Workplace Safety and Insurance Law