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.
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 be called to the Bar of Ontario:
This section guides a qualified applicant through the application process:
To qualify for admission to the Lawyer Licensing Process, an applicant must have acquired credentials through one of the following options:
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.