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This initiative is now closed.  In December 2018, the Law Society of Ontario’s governing body approved an option for lawyer licensing that retains the two, current transitional training pathways, with significant enhancements, as recommended by the Law Society’s Professional Development and Competence Committee.


While both articling and the Law Practice Program/Programme de Pratique du droit (LPP/PPD) will be retained, enhancements include paid articling and LPP/PPD work placements, in accordance with Law Society requirements — with limited exceptions.

As well, measurements, audits, or other forms of monitoring will be provided for greater oversight of articling and LPP/PPD work placements, and mandatory education and training will be required for articling principals and LPP/PPD work placement supervisors.

To allow time for development, these enhancements will be implemented May 1, 2021.

Law Society Benchers also approved the following recommendations from the Professional Development and Competence Committee:

  • Candidates will continue to have the flexibility to complete the Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations and a transitional training requirement in any sequence, within three years;
  • Consideration of some form of skills testing in the licensing process, as outlined in the report, to be further considered by the Committee; and
  • The Law Society will reach out to the legal academy to explore areas of collaboration in integrating more experiential learning into the law school experience.
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