Yes, study groups are eligible and have no annual maximum. This will include attendance at a group session of 2 or
more lawyers or paralegals that is organized for the purpose of discussing content that falls within the CPD
definition. Study group participants may be lawyers or paralegals from a variety of settings — sole and small
firm colleagues in the same community or lawyers and paralegals in the same firm, legal department, government
agency, or clinic. Live, in-person participation, in addition to telephone conference, web conference (e.g.,
Skype, Google Chat) or videoconference are all acceptable delivery methods, as long as attendees can interact
with one another in real time.
File or matter- specific discussion is not eligible. Lawyers or paralegals who facilitate or instruct 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 cover topics of professional responsibility,
ethics, practice management and/or equality, diversity and inclusion and be accredited by the Law Society. See
CPD Accreditation Process for more information.
The Law Society has additional resources to assist lawyers and paralegals in obtaining CPD Hours through study groups.
Professionalism Case Studies for more information.