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Lawyer experiential training program enhancements

The Law Society of Ontario’s Board of Directors (Convocation) invites all those interested to email their views about: Mandatory minimum compensation for experiential training for lawyer licensing candidates

Email address: PolicyConsultation@LSO.ca

Deadline:  Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Background information: In December 2018, Convocation approved enhancements to the experiential training component of the lawyer licensing process which when implemented would require mandatory minimum compensation. A subsequent report to Convocation in November 2021, recommends that the Law Society adopt a best practices approach to compensation which encourages rather than requires that all experiential training placements be paid a mandatory minimum compensation.

Note: Emails received on this matter will be provided to members of Convocation for review and may be reproduced by the Law Society, with attribution. The Law Society reserves the right to redact content provided at its discretion, and to remediate documents for accessibility purposes and for the protection of confidentiality, copyright, and brevity.

This matter is expected to be addressed at the April 28 meeting of Convocation.

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  • Background
    The Law Society decided to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the lawyer licensing process (the Dialogue on Licensing), following its 2016 review of the Pathways Pilot Project, which included the Law Practice Program pilot and enhancements to the Articling Program.
    The goal of the Dialogue on Licensing was to formulate long-term recommendations for an appropriate and sustainable licensing system for lawyers in Ontario.

    In the spring of 2017, the Law Society engaged directly with the professions and stakeholders and held a series of facilitated in-person and webcast discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities of lawyer licensing.

    Drawing on those discussions and extensive research, the Law Society developed and consulted on four options for pathways to licensure, from May to October 2018.  Consultation activities included a call for input through written submissions, facilitated focus groups held across the province and several in-depth telephone interviews.
     
    On December 10, 2018, the Law Society’s governing board (Convocation) approved the Current Model with Enhancements option for lawyer licensing. This model retains articling and the Law Practice Program, with significant enhancements.
     
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