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Rules and Protocol

Contents

I.     Introduction
II.    Definitions
III.   Confidentiality, Security, Integrity, and Privacy
IV.   Examination Administration
       General Matters
       Preparing for the Licensing Examination
       Permitted Items
       Prohibited Actions
       Before and During the Licensing Examination
       The End of the Licensing Examination
V.   Breach, Suspected Breach, and Technical Difficulties
VI.  Accommodation
 


I.  Introduction

The Law Society has established these Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol (Rules and Protocol) pursuant to the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process Policies and Paralegal Licensing Process Policies. All candidates registered in the lawyer licensing process or the paralegal licensing process must comply with these Rules and Protocol, which apply equally (with any necessary modifications) to candidates in either Licensing Process.

Where these Rules and Protocol appear inconsistent with other information or instructions published or provided by the Law Society relating to Licensing Examinations, these Rules and Protocol apply unless such information or instructions specifically state that they take priority over contrary provisions in these Rules and Protocol.


II.  Definitions

“Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials” means all permitted study materials that the candidate wishes to access during the Licensing Examination, excluding the Law Society Study Materials.

“Examination Content” means all information and material related to each Licensing Examination that is not disclosed publicly by the Law Society on its website, including all of the following to the extent that they are not disclosed publicly by the Law Society on its website: topics, items, questions, scenarios, fact patterns, cases, correct answers, and incorrect answers; the format, structure, organization, process, and evaluation of a Licensing Examination; the types of questions asked; the types of correct and incorrect answers; and all materials that may be provided to candidates in connection with a Licensing Examination, excluding the Law Society Study Materials.

“Law Society” means the Law Society of Ontario.

“Law Society ID Card” means the photo identification card issued by the Law Society to a candidate registered in the lawyer licensing process or paralegal licensing process.

“Law Society Study Materials” means the Licensing Examination study materials provided to candidates by the Law Society.

“Licensing Examination” means Part 1 and Part 2 of a licensing examination administered or delivered by the Law Society or a Provider.

“Note-Taking Feature” means the online note-taking feature provided by a Provider.

“Permitted Item” means an item set out below under the subheading Permitted Items.

“Proctor” means an individual designated by the Law Society or a Provider to supervise candidates writing a Licensing Examination or to perform related duties.

“Prohibited Action” means an action set out below under the subheading Prohibited Actions.

“Proper Identification” means a Law Society ID Card (including an expired card) or valid, government-issued photo identification that confirms the candidate’s full legal name as it is on file with the Law Society.

“Provider” means a direct or indirect service provider of the Law Society authorized by the Law Society to administer, proctor, or deliver a Licensing Examination and includes Paradigm Testing, LLC and MonitorEDU Inc.

“Religious Attire” means head coverings, face coverings, or other clothing or accessories worn by a candidate in accordance with a candidate’s sincerely held religious beliefs, practice, or observance.

“Testing Area” means the room where the candidate writes the Licensing Examination.

“Unauthorized Source” means any source containing Examination Content related to a prior Licensing Examination offered by the Law Society other than information that is publicly available to all candidates at no cost on the Law Society’s website (or through an authorized link on the Law Society’s website).


III.  Confidentiality, Security, Integrity, and Privacy

The Law Society requires that strict confidentiality and security of the Examination Content is maintained, and stringent protocols and security measures have been put in place to ensure that the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the Licensing Examinations and the Examination Content is always maintained. These measures are designed to eliminate any unfair advantage among candidates and avoid the high cost of replacing the Examination Content in the event of a security breach. These protocols have been implemented throughout the development, review, translation, storage, transfer, printing, delivery, and disposal processes associated with the Examination Content and Licensing Examinations.

With the exception of those aspects of the Examination Content that are incapable of being property or being protected by copyright by the Law Society, all Examination Content is the exclusive property of the Law Society and is protected by copyright.

In order to preserve the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the Licensing Examinations, candidates are strictly prohibited at all times from receiving from or disclosing to any person or organization, reproducing (through memorization or by any other means), or publishing any Examination Content (whether accurately/perfectly/fully or inaccurately/imperfectly/partially).

All online Licensing Examinations may be recorded.
The following candidate information is provided by the Law Society to the Providers:
  • candidate name that is on file with the Law Society and Law Society ID number;
  • candidate accommodation requirements;
  • candidate email address that is on file with the Law Society; and
  • name of the Licensing Examination to be written.
 

The Providers obtain the following information when a candidate schedules and writes a Licensing Examination:

  • candidate cellphone number and email address;
  • candidate IP address;
  • candidate answers to the Licensing Examination; and
  • information captured in connection with the Licensing Examination, including by any recording.

IV.  Examination Administration

General Matters

Candidates must comply with the Law Society’s Licensing Process Policies.

Candidates must follow the instructions and directions given to them by the Law Society, a Provider, a Proctor, or any agent or employee of any of them.

Examinations may be written in French or English only, as selected in advance by the candidate.

The length and details of the format of each Licensing Examination are set out in the Guide to Licensing Examinations (for lawyers or for paralegals). Each Licensing Examination comprises two parts. Part 1 of the Licensing Examination must be written first. It is followed by a break of up to 30 minutes. After that break, candidates must access and commence Part 2.

Candidates cannot access the questions in Part 2 of the Licensing Examination during Part 1. Candidates cannot access the questions in Part 1 of the Licensing Examination during Part 2 and cannot change their selected answers to questions in Part 1 of the Licensing Examination during Part 2.

Candidate obligations and prohibitions stated to apply during the Licensing Examination also apply during any breaks (including the break of up to 30 minutes), whether such breaks are included or excluded in the calculation of the time allotted for the Licensing Examination and whether such breaks are permitted or not, except where expressly provided otherwise.

Preparing for the Licensing Examination

In order to write a Licensing Examination, candidates must ensure the following:

  1. They go to the following website, read the instructions, and download and install the secure browser software no less than 10 days before they write the Licensing Examination: https://clients.paradigmtesting.com/remote-proctoring-files/.
  2. Conduct a technology pre-examination check (for lawyers or for paralegals) in accordance with instructions sent through each eligible candidate’s online account. Typically instructions on the pre-examination check process will be sent approximately 10-15 days prior to the first day of the first window of the licensing examination.
  3. They have the Law Society Study Materials and the Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials in hard copy, as they will be unable to access electronic materials once the Licensing Examination begins and the candidate’s computer is “locked down.”
  4. The computer on which they write the Licensing Examination meets all of the following requirements:
    • it is a laptop or it is a desktop with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse;
    • it has a functioning webcam;
    • it has Windows 8 or higher for PC or, for Mac computers, it has Catalina 10.15.1 or higher; and
    • it uses a recent version of Google Chrome (50+).
  5. They have a smartphone with a camera that is an android 4.1 or higher or an iOS (Apple) 8.0, that is able to receive texts (as remote proctoring is performed using two cameras and requires candidates to be able to receive texts).
  6. Their smartphone settings are configured so as to ensure that the video can continue to function without interruption during the Licensing Examination (e.g., by using the smartphone’s “do not disturb” or similar feature).
  7. They have the following minimum Internet connection (bandwidth) and Wi-Fi access: steady connection, with a minimum upload and download speed of 1.5MB/second (note that tethering and “hotspots” are not permitted).
  8. No other person is using the Internet in the same location and at the same time as the candidate is writing the Licensing Examination if same will affect the candidate’s Internet connection.
  9. They have good quality video resolution on the computer and smartphone.
  10. They take all reasonable steps to maximize Internet connectivity, hardware and software functioning, etc. (resources on how to maximize Internet connectivity may be available from a candidate’s Internet service provider).
  11. They have available an extension cord of at least 6 foot/1.8 metres to enable adjustments to the placement of the computer and smartphone if the Proctor so requests. 
  12. They have administrator rights to the computer used for the Licensing Examination.
  13. They watch the video about live remote proctoring (French captioning may be accessed by clicking on the settings wheel and selecting French (Canada) subtitles/CC) no less than 10 days before they write the Licensing Examination.
  14. They review in their entirety and accept the privacy policies of MonitorEDU Inc. and Paradigm Testing, LLC (Providers), available at https://monitoredu.com/privacy and https://www.paradigmtesting.com/privacy-policy/.
  15. They access the online licensing examination software (with sample questions) no less than 10 days before they write the Licensing Examination and become familiar with how the software and its functions and features work (candidates should note the sections across the top, the orange “Question navigation” tool (which can be minimized), the “Question review” tool, the Note-Taking Feature, the calculator, the bookmarking tool, and the highlight and strikeout feature (using this feature may also select the radio button of that answer)).
  16. They review the Candidate Agreement before the day of the Licensing Examination and agree to it online prior to commencing the Licensing Examination.
  17. They review the online examination instructions before the day of the Licensing Examination.
  18. They have scheduled the start time for Part 1 with a Provider according to the information and directions provided by the Law Society and the Provider.
  19. They have a Testing Area that meets all of the following requirements, and they write the Licensing Examination in such Testing Area:
    • There is adequate lighting and the room is at a comfortable temperature.
    • There is a clear desk or tabletop on which there are only Permitted Items.
    • There is a comfortable chair.
    • Only the Permitted Items listed below are in the Testing Area.
    • The areas beneath the desk and chair are clear.
    • The walls behind and on either side of the candidate are clear, with no curtains, blinds, windows, bookshelves, pictures, televisions, furniture, or other items obscuring a clear, blank wall on all three sides of the candidate.
    • There is no noise from outside of the Testing Area (e.g., television, conversation) that would interfere with the candidate’s ability to write the Licensing Examination or the ability of the Proctor to monitor the Licensing Examination.
  20. They have placed a sign on the door(s) of the Testing Area, if any, to remind anyone who has access to the Testing Area that the Licensing Examination is in progress, and such sign remains in place during the Licensing Examination.
  21. They have informed other individuals in the same building as the Testing Area of the Licensing Examination date and time and confirmed that such other individuals will remain quiet during the Licensing Examination and not enter the Testing Area (other than, e.g., a small child for a brief moment as a result of inadvertence). Where the Testing Area is in a building accessible to the public or individuals who are not part of the candidate’s family, the candidate must instead ensure that no one other than the candidate enters the Testing Area.
  22. Before the Licensing Examination is scheduled to begin, they disable the pop-up blocker on the computer.
  23. Before the Licensing Examination is scheduled to begin, they ensure that the following programs are not running in the background on the computer:
    • Skype;
    • Microsoft Teams;
    • Slack;
    • GoToMeeting;
    • Zoom;
    • Cisco Webex; and
    • TeamViewer.

Permitted Items

The following are the only Permitted Items:

  • Proper Identification;
  • One desk or table;
  • One comfortable chair;
  • One computer that meets the requirements set out above;
  • One smartphone that meets the technical requirements set out above (set on “do not disturb” so that there will be no interruptions but the camera will function);
  • A phone stand or another non-electronic object (e.g., a book) on which to prop up and secure the smartphone and adjust its position;
  • A 6 foot/1.8 metre extension cord;
  • The Law Society Study Materials;
  • The Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials;
  • Snack items that may be consumed during the Licensing Examination, in their original wrapping/container, or re-covered in a clear wrapping;
  • A non-alcoholic drink in a clear container that is capped when not in use;
  • Medication(s) in clear containers or packaging (but not in non-clear pillboxes, organizers, or cases);
  • Tissues (loose or in a clear wrapping);
  • Large furniture, large decorative items, or similar large items normally in the Testing Area that cannot reasonably be removed, that contain no electronics, that do not create a Licensing Examination security or integrity concern, and that do not obstruct the Proctor’s ability to ensure Licensing Examination security and integrity; and
  • Electronic devices that cannot reasonably be removed from the Testing Area (such as security systems), provided that such devices are turned off and can be demonstrated to the Proctor’s satisfaction to be off.

Prohibited Actions

Candidates must not engage in any Prohibited Action.

The following are all Prohibited Actions:

  1. Before, during, or after a Licensing Examination,
    • impersonating or seeking to impersonate another candidate;
    • allowing an impersonator to write or seek to write any part of a Licensing Examination on the candidate’s behalf;
    • breaching the security of the Examination Content by any means (including seeking to make or retain a copy of any portion thereof);
    • communicating with any person about the Examination Content;
    • obtaining or using any Licensing Examination questions or answers (including information related to a Licensing Examination question or answer, such as a portion of a question or answer or the general content of a question or answer) from any other candidate or potential candidate or any entity or person;
    • providing any Licensing Examination questions or answers (including information related to a Licensing Examination question or answer, such as a portion of a question or answer or the general content of a question or answer) to any other candidate or potential candidate or any entity or person;
    • being in possession of or using an Unauthorized Source, or information obtained therefrom;
    • failing to advise the Law Society in writing immediately should the candidate become aware of the existence of an Unauthorized Source, the use of same by another candidate, or the promotion or distribution of an Unauthorized Source by any entity or person;
    • failing to abide by the instructions and directions of the Law Society, a Provider, or a Proctor, or any agent or employee of any of them; and
    • being verbally abusive toward any Proctor.
  2. Before a Licensing Examination,
    • falsifying or misrepresenting information during the check-in procedures.
  3. During a Licensing Examination,
    • writing in, highlighting, taking notes in or in respect of, folding parts of, or otherwise marking up the Law Society Study Materials, the Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials, or anything else (with the exception that using the Note-Taking Feature is permitted);
    • wearing a hat, hood, coat, hoodie with the hood up, scarf covering the head, or bulky clothing (except where same constitutes Religious Attire);
    • wearing headphones, earplugs, or similar items;
    • having anything in the candidate’s pockets;
    • refusing to cooperate with the Proctor or to satisfy requests made by the Proctor, including requests to move the candidate’s computer, smartphone, or other object, whether same is inside or outside of the Testing Area;
    • failing to remain seated on the permitted chair at the permitted desk or table during the Licensing Examination, other than during a permitted break;
    • rising from the candidate’s chair at any time without explicit authorization from the Proctor;
    • wearing a watch;
    • seeking to access the Internet or an electronic version of either the Law Society Study Materials or the Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials;
    • having access to, accessing, seeking to access, or using any electronic, communication, recording, or similar device, other than Permitted Items;
    • accessing anything other than Permitted Items;
    • having anything other than Permitted Items in the Testing Area;
    • having access to, accessing, or using any Permitted Item for any purpose other than to complete the Licensing Examination honestly and with integrity;
    • using a Permitted Item to contact or access any electronic source or any person, other than a Proctor and same solely for the purpose of enabling the Proctor to monitor the Licensing Examination;
    • using a Permitted Item to make any recording or send or stream any information, other than to a Proctor and same solely for the purpose of enabling the Proctor to monitor the Licensing Examination;
    • removing anything from the Testing Area;
    • bringing anything into the Testing Area;
    • communicating with any person about anything that may be related to the Examination Content (e.g., relevant law);
    • leaving the Testing Area during Part 1 or during Part 2 of the Licensing Examination (leaving during the 30-minute break between Part 1 and Part 2  is permitted);
    • failing to seek to commence Part 2 of the Licensing Examination at the end of the 30-minute break between Part 1 and Part 2  (if a candidate is seeking to abandon the Licensing Examination altogether, the candidate must advise the Proctor of same prior to abandoning the Licensing Examination);
    • copying another candidate’s answer to a Licensing Examination question;
    • receiving an answer to a Licensing Examination question from another person or entity;
    • consulting an Unauthorized Source;
    • permitting anything to occur that could reasonably be expected to negatively impact the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination, or failing to take measures to prevent such occurrence where such failure could reasonably be expected to negatively impact the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination;
    • performing any action that could reasonably be expected to negatively impact the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination, or failing to take measures where such failure could reasonably be expected to negatively impact the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination; and
    • assisting a person to carry out any of the above activities.

Before and During the Licensing Examination

Candidates must be ready to begin their Licensing Examination on the scheduled day and at the scheduled start time.

Candidates may bring the Law Society Study Materials and the Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials into the Testing Area prior to the start of Part 1 of the Licensing Examination. Candidates are not permitted to bring any materials into the Testing Area after the Licensing Examination has begun (candidates must ensure that all required materials for both parts of the Licensing Examination are in the Testing Area prior to the start of Part 1). Candidates should refer to the list of Permitted Items for further details.

Candidates must follow the check-in procedures provided by the Provider and Proctor.

Candidates must show the Proctor Proper Identification before the Licensing Examination can begin. The Law Society ID Card follows protocols established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada with respect to photograph specifications. A candidate’s full face must be clearly visible and any Religious Attire must not cast any shadows on the candidate’s face. When checking in for the Licensing Examination, a candidate may be asked to remove any Religious Attire, or part thereof, if necessary to establish the candidate’s identity. If this is required, the Law Society and Provider will take measures to respect the dignity of the candidate.

Candidates must abide by the Proctor’s request to show the Proctor the Testing Area before the Licensing Examination can begin and abide by the Proctor’s directions in respect thereof. Communications from the Proctor will be in the language of the Licensing Examination.

The Provider will send a link to the Licensing Examination to the candidate through the candidate’s email address prior to the start of the candidate’s Licensing Examination. Once the check-in procedures have been completed and the Proctor has verified the candidate’s Testing Area and identity, the Proctor will provide the candidate with an access code to access the Licensing Examination. Prior to beginning the Licensing Examination, the candidate will be required to agree to the Candidate Agreement.

Prior to starting the Licensing Examination and during the Licensing Examination, candidates must ensure all of the following:
  1. The computer and smartphone are plugged in for the duration of the Licensing Examination;
  2. They use the extension cord to position and adjust the computer and smartphone as required by the Proctor;
  3. They use a stand or books to position the smartphone as required by the Proctor;
  4. Only Permitted Items are present in the Testing Area; and
  5. They comply with all Proctor instructions, including to:
    • remove from the Testing Area an item that the Proctor reasonably determines is not a Permitted Item;
    • show that their pockets are empty;
    • demonstrate that the candidate is not engaging in a Prohibited Action; and
    • demonstrate that a concern noticed by the Proctor within the Testing Area is not a security concern.

Candidates who seek to be connected to a Proctor for the Licensing Examination more than 30 minutes after their scheduled start time for Part 1 of the Licensing Examination may not be permitted to start, in which case they will receive an official result of “Unexcused Absence” for the entire Licensing Examination.

Should a candidate leave the Testing Area during Part 1 of the Licensing Examination or during Part 2 of the Licensing Examination for unforeseen reasons, despite such departure from the Testing Area being a Prohibited Action, the time for the Licensing Examination continues to run. In addition, the candidate must, prior to leaving, and upon returning to, the Testing Area, notify the Proctor, follow the Proctor’s directions, and answer the Proctor’s questions. The potential consequences for engaging in a Prohibited Action apply.

A candidate who commences a Licensing Examination (e.g., by clicking a button that causes a Licensing Examination question to be displayed or by opening a sealed package containing examination material) is deemed to have attempted the Licensing Examination. In this case, the candidate’s Licensing Examination will be marked and an official result given, whether or not the candidate completes the Licensing Examination.

Candidates must verbally notify the Proctor prior to leaving the Testing Area during the 30-minute break between Part 1 and Part 2 and must follow the Proctor’s directions. Candidates must verbally notify the Proctor immediately upon returning to the Testing Area and must follow the Proctor’s directions. Candidates are encouraged to return from that break at least 5 minutes in advance.

Candidates must begin to write Part 2 of the Licensing Examination immediately upon the end of that break. The time allotted for Part 2 will commence upon the end of that break (subject to any additional time deemed necessary by the Proctor to complete scanning and security activities). Candidates who seek to begin to write Part 2 of the Licensing Examination more than 10 minutes after the end of that break may not be permitted to begin Part 2. If that occurs, their official result will nonetheless be calculated based on the Licensing Examination as a whole.

Time for the completion of each part of the Licensing Examination is kept on the computer.

The End of the Licensing Examination

When there are 30 minutes left in the time allotted to complete each of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Licensing Examination, a “pop-up window” will appear on the candidate’s screen and the candidate must close this window to continue writing the Licensing Examination. The time allotted for the Licensing Examination stops while the “pop-up window” is on the screen. At the end of each part of the Licensing Examination, the Licensing Examination will automatically close and candidates’ answers will automatically be submitted.

Once a candidate finishes each part of a Licensing Examination, the candidate must follow the instructions on the computer screen and from the Proctor. Candidates must not leave the Testing Area without the permission of the Proctor.
 


V. Breach, Suspected Breach, and Technical Difficulties

Candidates who experience technical difficulties during a Licensing Examination as a result of having failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that they have met the technical requirements for the Licensing Examination and have maximized their Internet connectivity may not be permitted to start or continue a Licensing Examination. Such candidates may be required to defer their Licensing Examination to a future Licensing Examination period (e.g., from summer to fall).

In addition to other consequences, a candidate’s failure to meet the requirements of these Rules and Protocol before the Licensing Examination may result in the Licensing Examination not being held and the candidate receiving an official result of “Unexcused Absence” for that Licensing Examination.

In addition to other consequences, a candidate’s failure to meet the requirements of these Rules and Protocol during the Licensing Examination may result in the Licensing Examination being terminated and the candidate receiving such result as the Law Society, acting reasonably, deems appropriate (for clarity, a failure to meet the technical requirements may result in a “Fail” result if the Licensing Examination has been started but cannot be completed).

During the Licensing Examination, a Proctor will monitor and observe the candidate. Should the Proctor observe behaviour or circumstances that the Proctor determines may entail a risk to the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination, the Proctor may contact the candidate.

Depending on what the Proctor observes, the Proctor may do one or more of the following:

  • make further inquiries;
  • require that the behaviour cease;
  • require that the circumstances be changed;
  • notify the Law Society or a Provider, or both;
  • remind the candidate that the Licensing Examination may be recorded or notify the candidate that the Licensing Examination will start to be recorded;
  • provide the recording to the Law Society or a Provider, or both;
  • stop the Licensing Examination; and
  • take such other action as may be reasonable.


If the Law Society or a Provider is notified, they may take such action as is reasonable.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of behaviour and circumstances that the Proctor may determine entails a risk to the security or integrity of the Licensing Examination:

  • the candidate looks away from the computer screen, the Law Society Study Materials, or the Candidate Other Permitted Study Materials in an unusual manner or pattern;
  • the candidate speaks aloud, including reading from the Licensing Examination;
  • a camera is partially or fully obscured;
  • the candidate is partially or fully obscured;
  • the Testing Area is partially or fully obscured;
  • there is an indication that the candidate is recording the Licensing Examination in some fashion;
  • there is an indication that the candidate is making notes or marking materials other than through the Note-Taking Feature;
  • there is an indication that the candidate is using or receiving information from an Unauthorized Source;
  • there is an indication that the candidate has or is using an Unauthorized Source;
  • the candidate accesses any portion of the Testing Area that is not in the immediate proximity of the candidate’s seat; and
  • any person accesses any portion of the Testing Area.


Any breach of these Rules and Protocol or the Candidate Agreement may result in one or more of the following:

  • preparation of a written report on the conduct of the candidate and its provision to the Professional Regulation Department for investigation;
  • termination of the candidate’s Licensing Examination;
  • a “Fail” result on the candidate’s Licensing Examination;
  • disciplinary action in respect of the candidate;
  • the candidate’s removal from the Licensing Process;
  • disciplinary action against a licensee where information concerning such breach comes to the Law Society’s attention after the individual is licensed;
  • initiation of legal proceedings by the Law Society against the candidate for damages; and
  • pursuit by the Law Society of any other legal or regulatory remedies available to it.

VI. Accommodation

A candidate who requires accommodation based on a ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, may request accommodation in accordance with the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies or the Paralegal Licensing Process Policies, and the Law Society will provide accommodation to the candidate in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. Candidates must meet posted deadlines for accommodations.

These Rules and Protocol apply to candidates receiving an accommodation, subject only to those changes that are necessary to provide the accommodation. Requirements and prohibitions related to the security and integrity of the Licensing Examination apply as written, except that necessary changes are deemed included (e.g., a candidate who receives an accommodation to use an assistive/accessible keyboard with a laptop is permitted to have that keyboard in the Testing Area, and that keyboard is deemed to be a Permitted Item for that candidate).

Candidates should carefully review these Rules and Protocol to determine if they may require an accommodation. If an accommodation is required, candidates must submit their documentation in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes and on or before the posted deadlines for accommodations.

Candidates are prohibited from disclosing any accommodation granted to them by the Law Society, or information related thereto, to any person other than:

  • a medical professional, such disclosure being permitted
    (i) only for the strict purpose of the medical professional advising or evaluating the candidate with respect to the writing of the Licensing Examinations and
    (ii) only to the extent necessary to meet such purpose; and
  • the candidate’s family, friend, or service provider, such disclosure being permitted
    (i) only for the strict purpose of receiving support with the implementation of an accommodation (e.g., to drop off or pick up the candidate from a location where the candidate is writing the Licensing Examination or a medical appointment) and
    (ii) only to the extent necessary to meet such purpose.


For clarity, candidates are not prohibited from discussing feelings or mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety) arising from writing a Licensing Examination.

For further information regarding accommodations and accessibility, please see the Law Society’s Accommodations page.

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