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Licensing Examinations

As public health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, a decision on the method of administering licensing examinations will be communicates as soon as it is available in early 2021.


The Paralegal Licensing Examination is a self-study, open-book, multiple-choice examination.

The licensing examination assesses entry-level competencies of a Paralegal's knowledge of substantive and procedural law and ethical and professional responsibilities that have the most direct impact on the protection of the public and that influence the provision of effective and ethical legal services.

The eligibility requirements to write the Paralegal Licensing Examination are as follows:

  1. Graduation from an accredited Paralegal Education Program offered at a college approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  2. Receipt of an official transcript from the institution indicating that the person has graduated from an Accredited Paralegal Education Program sent directly by the issuing institution to the Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department; the completed and submission of a Statement of Field Placement form to the Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department which must confirm the person completed 120 hours at an approved field placement.
  3. Payment of all required fees.

The Law Society provides each candidate with study materials to prepare for the licensing examination. Candidates are permitted to mark their study materials and bring them into the examination Testing Area. However, all study materials, including binders, must remain in the Testing Area at the in-person examination venue at the conclusion of  the examination and are forfeited by the candidate.

For further information regarding the Paralegal Licensing Examination, please see:

Dates, Times and Locations 
Rules and Protocol
Guide to the Licensing Examination 
2020-21 Online Licensing Examinations
2021-22 Online Licensing Examinations

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