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Completing the Lawyer Licensing Process Application

(Revised June 2020) 
 

Due to Covid-19, certain in-person activities have been cancelled. 
Deadline for Application to the 2020-21 Licensing Year: December 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.


This application will allow you to apply to the Lawyer Licensing Process and to write the March/June/November 2020 and March 2021 Licensing Examinations. It is recommended to those who wish to select the March 2021 sitting that they instead apply in the Fall 2020 intake period. Please also note that candidates who select the earliest March sitting (2020) will be placed in the earlier 2019-20 licensing cycle and will be required to complete their licensing requirements within two cycles (instead of three). Please contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department if you require further information on the impact of selecting a Licensing Examination in an earlier licensing cycle.

If you have already applied to any Ontario Lawyer Licensing Process or the Bar Admission Course you should not re-apply online. Please contact the Law Society to obtain further information and instruction on how to proceed by calling 416-947-3315 or toll free at 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315.

If you are already licensed as a paralegal (Class P1 Licence), you must ensure that you do not allow your licence to be suspended or revoked while you are in the Lawyer Licensing Process.  Failure to remain entitled to provide legal services as a paralegal while you still hold a Class P1 Licence may result in a delay in your application to become licensed as a lawyer.

For further information about your P1 status while in the Lawyer Licensing Process, please contact Membership Services.

General Information
Fee and Payment Information

Part I - Completing the Online Application

     Personal Information Section
     Proof of Legal Name
     Voluntary Information Section
     Good Character Section
     Proof of Education Section 
     Experiential Training
     Accommodation Section
     Licensing Examination Section

Part II - Filing the Application 

     Process for Certification of Documents
     Submitting Photos
     Submitting Proof of Full Legal Name
     Submitting Good Character Information
     Submitting the Declaration and Obligations Page
     Application Fee and Late Fee Payments
     Preparing the Application Package

After you Apply

 

General Information

There are two parts to the Lawyer Licensing Process Application.

Part I consists of the online entry of your information and payment of the non-refundable application fee of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). If a third party is paying the application fee on your behalf, you are required to make the payment and then have the third party reimburse you directly for the fee.

After completing Part I online, a PDF application file will be created as well as your Law Society online account. You will access the PDF of your application from your newly assigned Law Society online account. Please read the instructions for both parts of the application submission process prior to commencing your online application.

Part II requires you to file, with the Licensing and Accreditation Department, a printed copy of your application along with required documents all of which must be commissioned or notarized.

If either your online application (Part I) or the commissioned/notarized printed copy of your application, supporting documents and application fee (Part II) are received by the Licensing and Accreditation Department after the deadline, a late filing fee of $75.00 (plus applicable taxes) will be applied to your account. Applications with an outstanding application fee/late fee or incomplete documentation will not be processed.

It is strongly recommended that you apply by the deadline to avoid the late filing fee and to ensure that registration for the Licensing Examinations and Experiential Training Program is not delayed or jeopardized. 

Your application will normally be processed within 30 business day‎s of receipt. During peak application periods it may take slightly longer for your application and supporting documents to be processed.

Once your online account has been created and part two of your application has been sent to the Law Society, please log in weekly to review any messages from Licensing and Accreditation pertaining to your application and supporting documentation.

Fee and Payment Information

The Lawyer Licensing Process Fees Schedule is available on the "Fees and Forms" page of the website. Candidates who apply and pay the application fee by the deadline are generally billed for the Lawyer Licensing Process fees in February 2020. If you apply and pay the application fee after February you will be billed the Licensing Examination and study material fees as soon as your application is received and processed.

Examination and study material fees are due in full on or before April 15, 2020 for candidates writing in June 2020. Arrangements for payment via the Law Society's Monthly Payment Plan must be made by the enrolment deadline indicated on the Dates to Remember page.

Part I - Completing the Online Application

Part I- Personal Information Section

In this section of the online application, please provide your valid, personal and confidential email address to which you have regular access and which will be valid for at least the next year while you are in the Licensing Process. Please do not use an email address which you may share with a friend, family member or colleague and ensure you are the only person accessing this account.

Please note, the application will ask you to select either male or female. If neither of those selections reflect your gender, you may contact Licensing and Accreditation.

Personal contact information should be entered in full. It is your responsibility to update this information each time there is a change, up to the day of your call to the bar.

Part I - Proof of Legal Name

The acceptable forms for proof of legal name are listed on the first screen of the online application. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you must submit one of the items listed below from a) to e) as your proof of legal name. You must ensure the document is duly commissioned or notarized before you submit it to the Law Society.

Please ensure your name is entered exactly as it appears on the legal name document you are submitting. In addition to your name, you may also enter your common or preferred name in the area provided. Please note that the Law Society may use this name in communications. However, your full legal name will be used on all official documents, including the licensing certificates provided by the Law Society upon your completion of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, passports, Baptismal Certificates, Registrations of Birth, Drivers Licences and Certificates of Indian Status cards are not proof of your full legal name.

Please note you are required to submit notarized/commissioned copies of both sides of your legal name document.

  1. Canadian Birth Certificate
  2. Canadian Citizenship Identification
    Wallet-sized Canadian Citizenship ID card or the citizenship certificate issued after February 1, 2012. Both sides of the ID card are required as your name of common usage on the photo side is not acceptable. Those who obtained Canadian Citizenship prior to February 15, 1977 must submit a certified copy of the document issued at the time by Citizenship Canada.
  3. Canadian Immigration Record
    Permanent Resident Card from the government of Canada or an IMM 1000, IMM 5292 or IMM 5688 Form.
  4. Canadian Certificate of Birth Abroad
  5. Statement of Birth or Statement of Live Birth
  6. Official Canadian Name Change Certificate
    Applicants must also submit one of a), b), c), d) or e)
  7. Marriage Certificate
    Need only be submitted by those applicants adopting a spousal surname. Applicants must also submit one of a), b), c), d) or e).

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, a passport will be acceptable as proof of your legal name. In addition, you must provide supporting documentation issued by the Canadian government, which permits you to enter, reside, study and work (if not exempted from the experiential training requirement) in Canada during the entire time you are completing the Lawyer Licensing Process.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, refer to the “Articling Program” and the “Law Practice Program” section on this page for additional documentation required to demonstrate your entitlement to work in Canada and fulfil the experiential training component. You are personally responsible for obtaining such documentation from the relevant Canadian government agency or office and submitting them to your experiential training placement employer. This documentation must confirm your legal name, be valid at the time of application and at the time of your call to the bar. Should your documentation expire while you are in the Licensing Process, it is your responsibility to provide a valid updated document as soon as possible.

The following documents are accepted by the Law Society as proof of your legal name if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. You must submit a "certified true" copy of your valid passport (the identification page is adequate) and one of the following documents with your application:

  • Your valid Temporary Resident Visa issued by the Canadian government or;
  • Your valid Study Permit, issued by the Canadian government or;
  • Your valid Work Permit, issued by the Canadian government.

The Law Society’s Licensing and Accreditation Department accepts certain documents issued outside of Canada. Namely, documents supporting applications for an exemption or abridgement and certain legal name documents such as marriage certificates issued abroad. As part of those and other administrative processes, we often receive documents that are not in English or French. Therefore, we ask that documents not issued in English or French be translated by an Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) Certified Translator. Candidates are solely responsible for ensuring the translation is completed by an Ontario ATIO Certified Translator and is sent to Licensing and Accreditation for review and verification.

You may wish to refer to ATIO's Directory of Certified Translators on its website at https://atio.on.ca/. Your document(s) will not be reviewed/processed unless they are accompanied by a translated document from an ATIO Certified Translator, as well as an affidavit attesting to its authenticity. 

An application is deemed incomplete without the required valid documentation that confirms your full legal name. Applicants who cannot provide the above proof of legal name items at the time of application must do so as soon as they are able to or they will not be permitted to complete any component of the Licensing Process.

It is your ongoing responsibility to keep the Law Society and your articling principal or work placement supervisor advised of any changes to your immigration status until you are called to the bar.

 

Part I - Voluntary Information Section

The Law Society gathers statistics on the composition of the profession to better understand demographic trends in the profession, to develop programs and initiatives within the mandate of the Law Society and to promote equality and diversity in the profession.

The Law Society is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the legal profession and to enhancing legal services provided by and for Indigenous, Francophone and equality-seeking communities. The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Rules of Professional Conduct promote equality on the grounds of race, ancestry, place of origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

This section is to be completed voluntarily and the information collected will be kept confidential within the Law Society. The information will only be available in aggregate form and will not be used to identify the individual.

Part I - Good Character Section

The Law Society Act requires that an applicant for admission as a licensee of the Law Society of Ontario be of good character. This is an ongoing requirement for applicants throughout their licensing term. Please see the Good Character webpage for more information.

In the application to be registered into the Lawyer Licensing Process or Paralegal Licensing Process, all applicants must answer questions that assist the Law Society in determining whether the applicant is of good character. These questions allow applicants to self-report conduct or circumstances that may raise issues about the applicant’s character. If an applicant provides an affirmative answer to any of these questions, the applicant must provide full and detailed particulars (which may include supporting documentation).

Applicants must complete and submit all parts of the application and submit supporting documents and the fee in order to commence the Licensing Process. Where a candidate has answered a good character question in the affirmative, the Law Society will escalate the application for review only after the applicant has completed all the required steps of the application process.

Applicants are to note that if they do not submit all application process requirements, they will not be able to move forward in the Licensing Process and their good character section will not be reviewed, which will delay registration and licensing.

An affirmative answer to any of the good character questions does not necessarily mean that a candidate will be refused admission to the Law Society. The information provided by each applicant is thoroughly reviewed by the Law Society’s Professional Regulation Division. The Law Society Act provides that a licence may only be refused after a hearing by the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal. Where the Hearing Division makes an order refusing an applicant’s application for a licence, the Law Society will remove the applicant from the Lawyer Licensing Process or the Paralegal Licensing Process (as the case may be), and the applicant will cease to be a candidate in that Licensing Process. Information about the Law Society Tribunal, including the rules of practice and procedure governing hearings and appeals of decisions, is published on the Law Society Tribunal website.

The Law Society is committed to working toward reconciliation with First Nation, Status, non-Status, Inuit and Métis Peoples. When reviewing licensing applications, the Law Society applies the principles established by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Gladue and Ipeelee decisions and as such considers the unique systemic or background factors that may have played a part in those incidents to which an applicant’s responses to these good character questions refer.

After submitting an application to be registered into the Lawyer Licensing Process or Paralegal Licensing Process, applicants must immediately notify the Licensing and Accreditation Department in writing if their answers to any of the good character questions have changed at any time during their licensing term. A Good Character Amendment Form is available online on the Fees and Forms page.

Upon successfully completing the Lawyer Licensing Process or Paralegal Licensing Process and meeting all requirements to become licensed to practise law or to provide legal services in Ontario, applicants are required to sign an undertaking that they have maintained the standing of good character throughout their licensing term and up to the day they became licensed.

Candidates must answer “yes” or “no” to each question in this section of the online application. If you answer “yes” to any question, you must provide an explanation and/or document(s) related to the response. 

Criminal Records Suspensions (“Administrative Pardons”) Granted Under the Criminal Records Act

When to answer “no” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence for which you were granted an administrative pardon under s. 4.1(1) of the Criminal Records Act and the offence for which the record is suspended did not result in a sentence of incarceration and is not listed in Schedules 1 or 2 of the Criminal Records Act, then you should answer “NO” to question 1.

When to answer “yes” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence and

(a) you received a sentence that resulted in a term of incarceration,
(b) the offence is listed in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Criminal Records Act, or
(c) both (a) and (b),

then, even if you have been granted an administrative pardon, you must answer “YES” to question 1. You should provide particulars and relevant documentation, including a copy of the pardon.

Youth Criminal Justice Act and Young Offenders Act Matters

When to answer “no” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Young Offenders Act and that finding or conviction resulted in a youth sentence or you consented to an extrajudicial sanction and

(a) you were discharged absolutely, or
(b) the youth sentence or disposition has ceased to have effect,
then you should answer “NO” to question 1.

When to answer “yes” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Young Offenders Act and that finding or conviction resulted in an adult sentence or a mandatory prohibition order under either s. 51 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act or s. 20.1 of the Young Offenders Act, then you must answer “YES” to question 1.

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence by way of summary conviction or indictment under the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Young Offenders Act and that finding or conviction resulted in a youth sentence and you were subsequently found guilty of, or convicted of, an adult offence and you have not received a free pardon, a conditional pardon, or an administrative pardon for both the youth and adult offences, then you must answer “YES” to question 1.

Additional Information

If you have received a free pardon, a conditional pardon, or an administrative pardon for a youth offence that resulted in an adult sentence or an adult criminal record, consult the guidance in the relevant sections above or below.

If you are or were subject to a mandatory prohibition order under either the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Young Offenders Act, then you must provide particulars and relevant documentation.

Pardons Granted under the Criminal Code

When to answer “no” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence for which you have been granted a free pardon under s. 748(2) of the Criminal Code, then you should answer “NO” to question 1.

When to answer “yes” to question 1:

If you were found guilty of, or convicted of, an offence for which you have been granted a conditional pardon under s. 748(2) of the Criminal Code, then you must answer “YES” to Question 1 and provide particulars and relevant documentation, including a copy of the pardon and its conditions.

You Answered “NO” to Question 1 – How Do You Answer Question 13?

If you answered “NO” to Question 1 about an offence for which you were granted a pardon or criminal record suspension, or that was a youth offence, you do not have to disclose this offence in response to Question 13. However, you must disclose under Question 13 any sanction or judgment against you issued by a tribunal or civil court in a matter related to or arising from such offence.

For example, if you were convicted of a Criminal Code offence that is not listed in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Criminal Records Act and no a term of incarceration resulted and you were granted a criminal record suspension, but because of that conviction you were subject to proceedings before a professional disciplinary tribunal resulting in sanctions against you, you would answer “NO” to Question 1 and “YES” to Question 13. Under Question 13, you are not required to disclose the Criminal Code conviction, but you must disclose the sanctions by the disciplinary tribunal.

Part I - Proof of Education Section

Law school transcripts (LL.B. or J.D.) or National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Certificates of Qualification must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society as soon as this document becomes available. Law school transcripts and NCA certificates submitted by a candidate are not considered official documentation, as they must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. If you are an applicant from an accredited Canadian law school or the NCA, it is your responsibility to request and ensure that the issuing institution sends a final LL.B./J.D. transcript/Certificate of Qualification directly to the Licensing and Accreditation Department so that it is received on or before the due date. This transcript must confirm issuance of the degree. You must have successfully completed all required courses for the conferring of the LL.B. or J.D. degree.

LL.B. /J.D. candidates are to enter their “Degree Awarded or Expected Date” accurately to reflect their actual graduation/convocation month and when their degree was conferred upon them, not when law school examinations or classes conclude. For many candidates the convocation month is usually in June.

NCA candidates are to enter their “Degree Awarded or Expected Date” as the month in which they are to receive notification of successful completion and the issuance of their Certificate of Qualification, not the month in which they complete their final examinations. This is typically two months after the completion of the final NCA requirements.

To write any Licensing Examination or commence the experiential training component of the Licensing Process, NCA applicants must have their NCA Certificate of Qualification issued to the Licensing and Accreditation Department at least 30 business days prior to the Licensing Examination date or by the posted deadline to register for the Law Practice Program. Candidates who article are required to have the institution submit the degree/Certificate of Qualification prior to the commencement of their articling term.

If you are a graduate from an accredited law school and you receive information of an incomplete result for any law school examination or course which affects the conferring of your LL.B. or J.D. degree, you must immediately notify the Law Society in writing and comply with the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies on withdrawal. NCA candidates who are attending a law school course at a university and cannot receive their Certificate of Qualification prior to commencing the Lawyer Licensing Process should contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department immediately for further instructions and withdrawal information. The Withdrawal Policy can be found in the Licensing Process Policies. The Withdrawal Forms may be found on the Fees and Forms section of the website.

 Experiential Training Selection

The Experiential Training Program is a required component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. All candidates must choose one of the experiential training options which are described below.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your experiential training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

Option 1 - Articling Program

You may apply to the Lawyer Licensing Process without having secured an articling position. You must be fully registered in the Lawyer Licensing Process in order to commence and obtain credit for articles. NCA candidates must ensure that confirmation of the completion of their Certificate of Qualification is received prior to commencing articles.

The Articling Program requires candidates to work consecutively for 10 months with an approved articling principal. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your experiential training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component. The Law Society will not recognize any time served during an articling placement with an unapproved Articling Principal; therefore candidates are required to confirm that their Principal has been approved to serve as an Articling Principal before starting the placement. See Information for Articling Principals.

You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with all policies and procedures and completing all required documents associated with the commencement of your articling term in the required timelines. All documents that are to be submitted may be downloaded from the Licensing Process website under "Fees and Forms". It is your responsibility to complete and file the Articles of Clerkship form by no later than ten (10) business days after the start of your articling placement. Articles of Clerkships received after 10 business days will be subject to a late filing fee and may not be recognized for articling credit.

If you choose to write a Licensing Examination as a first attempt (Barrister, Solicitor or both) during your articling term you are permitted five (5) uninterrupted business days leave from articling duties to study for each examination, one (1) day of leave from articling duties to write the examination and one (1) day of leave from articling duties following the writing of the Licensing Examination. This designated time, which totals up to 14 business days, must be added to the end of the articling term and should form part of the articling contract. You and your Articling Principal must agree on the scheduling of your first attempt of the Licensing Examinations if it will occur during your articling term.

Candidates may also refer to the information available online regarding an exemption to the Articling Program based on prior practice experience as a lawyer in another common-law jurisdiction. All forms, documents and additional information are available on the Fees and Forms page.

Option 2: The 2020-21 Law Practice Program (LPP)

The LPP consists of a four-month training course and a four-month work placement. The program is currently scheduled to be held once a year. The Law Practice Program will be provided by Ryerson University in English and by the University of Ottawa in French. Please make this selection if you intend on attending the LPP in 2020. Please note that a deadline for registration is applicable. Please see the “Dates to Remember” page for further information on selection and payment deadlines of the LPP as it becomes available. If you are NOT a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your experiential training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

The University of Ottawa requires that candidates enrolled in the LPP be fluent in French in order to maximize success in the interactions, skills activities and assessments. Candidates who have not previously studied law in French will be required to successfully complete a language proficiency examination before being accepted into the French LPP. The proficiency examination will be administered by the University of Ottawa. Further information is available on the University of Ottawa’s LPP site.

Option 3:

Please select this option if you are actively seeking articles at this time but have not yet secured a position.

Option 4:

If you do not intend to commence the experiential training component during the 2020-21 Licensing Year, you are to select this option on the application. Candidates are to review the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies for further information regarding completing all Lawyer Licensing Process requirements within the allotted time period.

Option 5: Lakehead Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC)

Lakehead IPC graduates may select this option indicating they have already satisfied the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

IPC graduates who intend to complete additional experiential training must make one of the other selections that is appropriate to their situation. Note: Applicable experiential training fees will apply for each candidate who intends to complete experiential training during the Lawyer Licensing Process.

 Part I - Accommodation Section

Candidates may request accommodation in the Licensing Process based on an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. For details, see the Law Society’s Accommodations webpage.

Candidates entering the Licensing Process who are requesting accommodation for a licensing examination must submit the accommodation request forms and supporting documentation by email directly to the Examination Administration department at the time of the application to the licensing process.

Forms, submission requirements, and further information about accommodation request deadlines and the approval process are available on the Accommodations webpage. Please address all accommodation-related enquiries and submissions to Examination Administration at examinationaccommodation@lso.ca.

 Part I - Lawyer Licensing Examination Section

In this section of the application, you must select your preferred date, language, and location for the Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations. In May 2020 you will be notified by email of your assigned location(s) for these examinations. Examination dates and venues are subject to change. Please note that the Licensing Examinations scheduled for November 2019 and March 2020 are offered in Toronto and Ottawa only.

Each lawyer licensing examination is 7 hours long in a multiple choice, open book format. In late April 2020, the Law Society will provide you with the necessary study materials to commence self-study preparation for the Lawyer Licensing Examinations. The fees for the licensing examination and study materials are due on April 15, 2020 for those writing in June 2020 and wishing to receive examination study materials during the April distribution period. Candidates writing at a later sitting in the 2020-21 and who pay their fees by April 15, 2020 may also receive their study materials in late April.

It is your responsibility to thoroughly review the Law Society’s Guide to Licensing Examinations and Licensing Examination Rules and Protocols before sitting the examination.

You may login to your Law Society web account about 15 minutes after completing your online application in order to open and print your application document for Part II of the process.

Completion of Part I of the Lawyer Licensing Application Process

You should submit your application fee payment online with a credit card at the time you apply. The application fee is non-refundable. Payment may also be made in person at the Law Society during business hours or by sending a certified cheque or money order to the Accounts Office of the Law Society. Payment must be made by the deadline to avoid a late fee. 

Once you have completed the online application you will be sent further information on how to complete Part II of the application process (filing the application) or review the information in Part II below.

You may login to your Law Society online account about 15 minutes after completing your online application in order to open and print your application document for Part II of the process.

Part II - Filing the Application

Process for Certification of Documents

To certify documents that must accompany the submitted copy of the Licensing Process application form, you must:

  • Present all original documents to a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public who must attest to their authenticity.
  • Also present the Commissioner of Oaths or the Notary Public with photocopies of these original documents.
  • Ensure the Commissioner of Oaths or the Notary Public certifies all photocopies as "true" copies by affixing his/her signature and seal and Member number, thereby attesting to their authenticity.
  • Ensure you and the Commissioner/Notary sign your application in the space provided on the last page.

Only "certified true" copies of documents can be submitted with your application.

It is acceptable to submit documents with the application that have been certified or commissioned outside of Canada. Please note that you cannot certify your own documents. Please ensure you retain a photocopy of your completed and certified application form and supporting documentation for your records. All documents submitted with the application form are the property of the Law Society of Ontario and will not be returned. Original supporting documents must not be submitted to the Law Society.

NOTE: Candidates are responsible for requesting final law school transcripts and Certificates of Qualification from the issuing institution. These documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Licensing and Accreditation Department and need not be certified. 

Part II - Submitting Photos

You must submit two colour passport photos, taken within the last 12 months. Print your full legal name in ink on the back of each photograph as it appears on the legal name document(s) you will be submitting. Black and white photos will not be accepted. The photos submitted must be identical, original passport photos that comply with the Canadian passport photo requirements available online. Computer printed or generated photos will not be accepted.

Affix one photo to the designated box on your PDF application. Place the second photo in a secure envelope and paperclip it to the front of your application. Please do not staple the photo to the application. The second photo will be used to produce your Law Society candidate photo identification card, without which you will not be permitted to write any Lawyer Licensing Examinations. Your photo identification card may also be required to access legal institutions during the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process.

Part II - Submitting Proof of Full Legal Name

The Law Society’s accepts certain documents issued outside of Canada. Documents supporting applications for an exemption or abridgement and certain legal name documents such as marriage certificates issued abroad. As part of those and other administrative processes, we often receive documents that are not in English or French. Therefore,  documents not issued in English or French must be translated by an Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) Certified Translator. Candidates are solely responsible for ensuring the translation is completed by an Ontario ATIO Certified Translator and is sent to Licensing and Accreditation for review and verification.

You may wish to refer to ATIO's Directory of Certified Translators on its website at https://atio.on.ca/.. Your document(s) will not be reviewed/processed by Licensing and Accreditation unless they are accompanied by a translated document from an ATIO Certified Translator, as well as an affidavit attesting to its authenticity.

You must attach only a certified "true" copy of the document(s) you indicated will serve as your proof of full legal name when applying online.

It is your responsibility to follow up and provide the appropriate documentation to the Licensing and Accreditation Department as soon as you receive it. If you are submitting a Temporary Resident Visa, Study or Work Permit you must ensure the Licensing and Accreditation Department receives a commissioned or notarized copy with your application or you will not be permitted to complete any component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. All such documents must be current and valid until the date you are called. If you are NOT a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide particulars of your work permit or other proof of entitlement to be lawfully employed in Canada to your experiential training employer so that you may fulfil the experiential training component.

Please ensure your documentation confirms the name you have entered on the online application.

All applications for the Lawyer Licensing Process are incomplete until proper documentation has been received confirming your legal name. You will not be licensed until the required documents are filed.

When called to the bar, licensees must be registered on the Solicitors Rolls of the Law Society with their full legal name. Certificates will also be issued in the candidate's full legal name at that time.

Part II - Submitting Good Character Information

Information regarding the review process is available on the Good Character Requirement webpage.

All good character documents in support of a "yes" answer must be included with your application package when you have it commissioned or notarized. You must sign and clearly print your name and address on all supporting good character documents.

If you provided an electronic file in support of your good character answer when applying online, any files you provided will have been saved in your Law Society online account. You must print these files and include them with your paper copy submission to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. If you indicated that you would be including documentation in paper copy in support of your good character answer(s), you must include the documents(s) that you listed in the text entry area of your online application.

Applications without the required explanation will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Part II - Submitting the Declaration and Obligations page

You must sign the printed PDF application form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public. In signing this application you agree to follow all the rules and regulations of the Law Society of Ontario as well as the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies. 

Part II - Application Fee and Late Fee Payments

If you did not submit the application fee by credit card at the time you applied online, please ensure you mail a certified cheque or money order for the application fee payment directly to the Accounts Office. 

A late filing fee of $75.00 (plus applicable taxes) is payable if your application fee payment or your paper copy application is received after the application due date.

Please see the Billing and Payment Information webpage for more Inforamtion.

Part II - Preparing the Application Package

Part II of the application process requires you to do the following by the application deadline: 

1. Log into your Lawyer Licensing Process User Account and access your PDF application under "My Documents". The file is created about 15 minutes after you complete the online process.

2. Print the PDF of your online application on 8 ½ X 11 paper.

3. Print your supporting documentation for the Good Character section, if applicable.

4. Collect all required documentation to be included with your paper copy of the application that must be submitted to the Licensing and Accreditation Department.

5. Copy all your documents and have your application and all required supporting documentation commissioned or notarized. Law school transcripts and NCA Certificates of Qualification must be sent directly to the Licensing and Accreditation Department by the issuing institution. You are not required to submit these documents with your application.

6. Mail, courier or during business hours, drop off your commissioned/notarized application and the required documents to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. The package must be received by the Licensing and Accreditation Department on or before December 2, 2019, by 5 p.m. E.S.T. or a late filing fee will be applied to your account.

Note: Mailed/couriered application packages must be received by the deadline date or a late fee will be applied.

7. If you did not submit the application fee by credit card at the time you applied online, please ensure you also mail a certified cheque or money order for the application fee payment directly to the Accounts Office. This must be received on or before December 2, 2019, by 5 p.m. E.S.T., or a late filing fee will be applied to your account.

Complete the checklist on the last page of the PDF version of your application prior to having your application and supporting documents commissioned or notarized, in order to ensure you have collected all required documents for submission with your application. You do not need to submit the checklist with the application. Simply refer to the checklist as a guide to ensure you have collected and prepared all the documentation to be sent to the Licensing and Accreditation Department or requested from your law school/the NCA. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
 

PLEASE DO NOT FOLD OR BEND THE APPLICATION

Submit the application package in person, courier or mail it in a 9" X 12" envelope to:

Lawyer Licensing Process - Application
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen Street West, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N6 

You may pay all fees online by credit card prior to the posted deadline or send a certified cheque or money order to: 

Accounts Office
Lawyer Licensing Process- Application Fee Payment
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N6 

Accommodation:

Candidates entering the Licensing Process who are requesting accommodation for a licensing examination must submit the accommodation request forms and supporting documentation by email directly to the Examination Administration department at the time of the application to the licensing process.

Forms, submission requirements, and further information about accommodation request deadlines and the approval process are available on the Accommodations webpage. Please address all accommodation-related enquiries and submissions to Examination Administration at examinationaccommodation@lso.ca.
 

After you Apply:

Once you have applied to the Licensing Process and your application has been received and verified, the Licensing and Accreditation Department will message you via your Law Society online account with relevant and time sensitive information. Once you submit part two of the application, you are responsible for checking your Law Society online account weekly.

During the Licensing Process, you must inform the Law Society of any changes to your mailing address, telephone number, email address or any status change subsequent to the filing of this application. Failure to do so will delay mailings and affect your status in the Licensing Process and/or your eligibility for licensing.

If your application information changes at any time after you apply online please log into your Law Society online account to obtain the Application Amendment Form. This form must be used to submit changes to your application regarding proof of education information, good character questions or proof of legal name. You are required to have any changes indicated on this form commissioned or notarized before submitting the form.

In February 2020 specific invoicing and registration information will also be sent to your online account if you have elected to write an examination in either the June or November sittings. If the application fee is paid by the due date, you will be invoiced your licensing examination and study material fees in February 2020. 

The Licensing Process fees are due in full on April 15, 2020 for those writing the Licensing Examinations in June 2020. Fees for subsequent sittings are due 30 BUSINESS days prior to the examination date.

ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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