Continuing Professional Development - Eligible Educational Activities

Participation in CPD Programs or Courses
Participation as a registrant in a college, university or other designated educational institution program, including interactive distant education
Teaching (for a maximum of 6 hours per year)
Writing and editing books or articles with or without a co-author (for a maximum of 6 hours per year)
Mentoring, being mentored, providing coach or advisor support, participating in a coach or advisor program, acting as an articling principal, or supervising an LPP work placement or paralegal field placement
Study Groups
Education components of bar and law association meetings
Educational activities that are not eligible For CPD hours

 


Participation in CPD Programs or Courses

  1. Interactive participation in CPD programs or courses (no annual maximum). This includes:
    • Attendance in person, online or by telephone, at live CPD programs and courses that provide an opportunity to interact with colleagues and/or instructors. This must include the ability to ask questions, directly or indirectly, e.g., the ability to email a question to the content provider during the online presentation; and/or
    • Viewing or listening to recorded or archived CPD programs and courses with at least one colleague; and/or
    • Participation in an interactive, online course.
  2. Viewing or listening to archived or recorded CPD programs or courses without a colleague or participation in asynchronous, online CPD courses that prompt responses throughout the learning process, such as requiring participants to respond to questions before they can move to the next module or section, for a maximum of 6 hours per year.

This includes programming offered by education providers both in and outside Ontario. Includes, but is not restricted to legal organization/association programs and in-house programming provided in government, private law firms and corporate or non-private legal employment environments.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, the program must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Participation as a registrant in a college, university or other designated educational institution program, including interactive distance education.

This includes LL.M. programs.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, the program must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Teaching (for a maximum of 6 hours per year)

Actual teaching time will be multiplied by a factor of three to reflect preparation time. For example, 30 minutes of teaching will be equal to 1.5 CPD Hours. The content must be law-related and within the CPD definition (for the definition of CPD, see CPD Requirement). There is no limit on the type of audience. If the same content is taught more than once in a calendar year, CPD Hours are only available for the first delivery of that content. Teaching is an eligible activity only if it is undertaken on a volunteer or part-time basis. Teaching as part of a full-time or regular employment will not be eligible for credit.

Acting as a judge or coach in a mooting competition is an eligible teaching activity. If the mooting competition is administered more than once in a calendar year and contains the same content, CPD hours are only available for the delivery of the first competition. This activity is eligible only if it is undertaken on a volunteer or part-time basis and is not part of a member’s full-time or regular employment.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, the above activities must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Writing and editing books or articles with or without a co-author (for a maximum of 6 hours per year)

The content must be law-related and within the CPD definition (for the definition of CPD, see CPD Requirement). The book or article may be intended for publication by a third party, or included as part of an in-house or firm publication, rather than for personal use. Editing legal texts or case reports and preparing case headnotes, with the same restrictions as set out for writing, are also eligible activities. There is no limitation on the audience for whom the work is written. Credit is only available for volunteer or part-time writing. Writing as part of full-time or regular employment will not receive credit.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, writing and/or editing activities must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Mentoring, being mentored, providing coach or advisor support, participating in a coach or advisor program, acting as an articling principal, or supervising an LPP work placement or paralegal field placement

The Mentor, Mentee, Coach, Advisor, Participant, Articling Principal, LPP work supervisor, or Paralegal Field Placement Supervisor may claim time spent discussing substantive or procedural law or practice management topics that maintain or enhance learning ability. Time spent discussing specific client files is not eligible for CPD hours.

“Coach” means a lawyer or paralegal who provides support to another lawyer or paralegal Participant in fostering best practices and/or enhancing competence within the Participant’s legal career.

“Advisor” means a lawyer or paralegal who provides support to another lawyer or paralegal participant to address file-specific matters or substantive or procedural issues in relation to their practice.

“Participant” is a lawyer or paralegal who receives support related to their practice and/or legal career from a Coach or Advisor.

The Coach, Advisor and Participant activities can be completed as part of the Law Society’s Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) or through another organization or association offering such supports to lawyers or paralegals in Ontario.

Lawyers and paralegals are entitled to claim up to their entire 12 required CPD hours annually for such activities. If claiming all 12 CPD hours through mentoring, at least three of those 12 hours must be accredited Professionalism Hours. In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, the above activities must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Study Groups

This will include attendance at a group session of two or more lawyers or paralegals that is organized for the purpose of discussing content that comes within the CPD definition (for the definition of CPD, see CPD Requirement). Study group participants may be lawyers or paralegals in a variety of settings: sole and small firm colleagues in the same community or lawyers or paralegals in the same firm, legal department, government agency, or clinic.

File-specific discussion is not eligible.

Lawyers or paralegals who facilitate study group sessions may claim up to 3 hours of credit for every 1-hour session to reflect preparation time.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, study group activities must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Education components of bar and law association meetings

Where lawyers or paralegals attend meetings that involve both business related to the association and an educational session dealing with substantive, procedural or professionalism content that fall within the CPD definition (for the definition of CPD, see CPD Requirement), only the hours devoted to the educational session are eligible.

In order to qualify for Professionalism Hours, educational components of bar and law association meetings must address topics of professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. See CPD Accreditation Process for more information.

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Educational Activities That Are Not Eligible For CPD Hours:

  • Any activity undertaken or developed primarily for the purpose of updating or marketing to existing or potential clients.
  • Self-study.
  • Acting as an adjudicator for a tribunal or board.
  • Working as a member of a review or other panel.
  • Pro-bono work.
  • Marking work for law school or college courses.
  • Acting as a chair or member of a tribunal or other institution or board.
  • Attendance
    • by benchers at the business portion of Law Society meetings of Convocation or committees;
    • at the business portion of meetings of a legal association’s board or committees;
    • at the business portion of Annual General Meetings;
    • or at the launch of any form of legal materials

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