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Dates to Remember for Incoming 2021-22 Lawyer Candidates

Candidates are required to also access their Law Society online account for further deadlines, notices and requirements pertaining to their status in the Licensing Process.

Deadlines are calculated in BUSINESS days, not calendar days unless otherwise indicated.

Application and Transcripts

  • Licensing Term
    2021-22 Licensing Year May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022.

    Candidates who enroll in the 2021-22 Lawyer Licensing Process and/or register to begin any part of the Licensing Process in that cycle will be considered a 2021-22 candidate.
     
    2021-22 Licensing Term  May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2024.

    All candidates are given up to three licensing cycles to complete the Lawyer Licensing Process requirements.
  • Application Deadlines
    Online application launch November 2020
    Application (online and paper copy) due date December 4, 2020
    Application fee due date December 4, 2020
  • Transcript Deadlines
    Transcript due date August 6, 2021*

    *For third year law students writing the summer sitting as a first attempt.

    All other candidates must have their institution submit a final official transcript/NCA certificate no later than the  examination registration deadline, or if articling, prior to commencing articles; or by August 6, 2021 if registered for the 2021-22 LPP
    NCA Certificate of Qualification due date Due no later than the examination registration deadline, or if articling, prior to commencing articles; or by the LPP registration deadline
  • Accommodations
    Examination Accommodation request due date New applicants to the Licensing Process must submit accommodation request forms and supporting documentation by the licensing process application deadline.

    Candidates seeking a revision to an existing, Law Society-approved accommodation plan or requesting an accommodation based on a new or emerging condition/ground must make a request prior to the applicable accommodation deadline.

    For more information, see Accommodations.

EXAMS AND STUDY MATERIALS

  • Examination Dates
    Please refer to the Online Examination page for more information.
  • Examination Registration Deadlines

    To be fully registered for a licensing examination, the following conditions must be met:

    • Candidates must be fully enrolled in the Licensing Process well in advance of the applicable examination registration deadline in order to have access to the invoices for the examinations and study materials.
    • Candidates must make payment for the examinations and study materials no later than the applicable examination registration deadline.
    • Candidates must have their institution (or the NCA) submit a final official transcript/NCA certificate to Licensing and Accreditation no later than the applicable registration deadline.  
     
    June Examination and Study Material Fees due April 15, 2021

    Examination and Study Material fees are due by this date for those writing in June and/or those who wish to pick up materials in person during the in-person distribution period (if one shall be offered).
    All other examination fees are due in full prior to the applicable registration deadline for each examination.)

    2021-22 Barrister Examinations – Registration and Fee Payment Deadlines
    Examination Dates Examination Registration Deadlines
    June 2021 TBA
    November 2021 TBA
    March 2022 TBA

    2021-22 Solicitor Examinations – Registration and Fee Payment Deadlines
    Examination Dates Examination Registration Deadlines 
    June 2021 TBA
    November 2021 TBA
    March 2022 TBA
  • Examination Deferral Deadlines

    To defer an examination to a future sitting, candidates must submit a Registration or Deferment Form to the Licensing and Accreditation Department as an attachment through their online account no later than the applicable deadline.

    2021-22 Barrister Examination Deferral Deadlines
    Examination Dates Examination Deferral Deadlines
    June 2021 TBA
    November 2021 TBA
    March 2022 TBA

    2021-22 Solicitor Examination Deferral Deadlines
    Examination Dates Examination Deferral Deadlines
    June 2021 TBA
    November 2021 TBA
    March 2022 TBA
  • Study Materials - Release Dates

    Candidates who wish to obtain access to the study materials as soon as they are released for the licensing cycle must make payment for the materials by April 15, 2021.

    All candidates must make full payment no later than the applicable registration deadline for an examination.  Please note that candidates will not have online access to the study materials until fees have been paid and have been released for the licensing year.

    Study Material Release Date: In-person distribution: TBA

    Online access: April 19, 2021 - more information will be sent to candidates on this date

    Shipping requests: April 19, 2021 - more information will be sent to candidates on this date
  • Examination Results

    Examination results will be released approximately 8 weeks after the final examination date in a sitting, unless otherwise indicated.

Candidate Supports

  • Examination Accommodations
    Examination Accommodation request due date New applicants to the Licensing Process must submit accommodation request forms and supporting documentation by the licensing process application deadline.

    Candidates seeking a revision to an existing, Law Society-approved accommodation plan or requesting an accommodation based on a new or emerging condition/ground must make a request prior to the applicable accommodation deadline.

    For more information, see Accommodations.
  • Tutoring
    Tutoring Program - due date for requests On or before the applicable examination registration deadline.

    Please see Examination Registration Deadlines for exact dates.
  • Monthly Payment Plan
     
                                                                                                                                                               
    Plan Type: Enrolment Deadline Date:
    5 or 10-month SPRING Enrolment Due Date
    (First payment to commence May 15, 2021)
    April 15, 2021 (for candidates who want to obtain study materials starting April 19, 2021).
     
    Otherwise, the enrolment due date is May 13, 2021.
    5-month FALL Enrolment Due Date
    (First payment to commence October 15, 2021)
     
    April 15, 2021 (for candidates who want to obtain study materials starting April 19, 2021).
     
    Thereafter, candidates must enrol by the examination registration deadline for the invoice(s) they wish to add to a payment plan or by October 13, 2021, which ever date is sooner.
    10-month WINTER Enrolment Due Date
    (First payment to commence December 15, 2021)
    April 15, 2021 (for candidates who want to obtain study materials starting April 19, 2021).
     
    Thereafter, candidates should enrol by the examination registration deadline on the invoice they wish to add to a payment plan, or by December 10, 2021, which ever date is sooner.
     
     
     
  • Repayable Allowance Program
    Repayable Allowance Program – application due date 30 BUSINESS days prior to any examination registration deadline to allow enough time for consideration

EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAM

  • Articling
    Candidates who wish to be called to the bar in June 2022 must commence their articling term by the following dates:   
     For candidates undertaking a 10-month articling term:    August 6, 2021
    Articles of Clerkship due date To be submitted once the articling term begins and no later than 10 BUSINESS days after the commencement of articles.
  • Articling Exemption
    Refer to the Applying for an Exemption from the Experiential Training Program for application dates and information.
  • Law Practice Program (LPP)
    LPP - Law Society registration and payment deadline June 15, 2021
    LPP Refund Deadline Dates  See the LPP page      

    Ryerson LPP (English)
     
    Ryerson LPP Information Webinar #1
    (optional)
    TBA
    Ryerson LPP Information Webinar #2
    (optional)
    TBA
    Ryerson LPP - English Program Dates: TBA
    Ryerson LPP - Make-up Assessment Date TBA
    Ryerson LPP Work Placement Period TBA

    University of Ottawa LPP (French)
     
    French LPP Work Placement Period TBA
    French LPP Open House and FAQ session TBA 
    French LPP FAQ session TBA

    French LPP Online Information Session (mandatory for
    registered candidates)

    TBA
    Deadline to submit University of
    Ottawa's French LPP registration form
    TBA
    French LPP Online Orientation Week
    (mandatory)
    TBA
    French LPP Program Dates: TBA

Call to the bar

  • Important Dates
    Early filing for Articling documentation for June 2022 call to the bar April 1, 2022
    Administrative or Ceremonial Call to the Bar Information Check your online account for updates on eligibility, confirmation, and final filing/payment dates.
    Roll signing (for in-person ceremonies only) Dates sent to web account approximately 4-6 weeks prior to an anticipated live call ceremony date
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