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CPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

Educating for change is one of five strategies the Law Society is putting into action to create awareness and engagement in the professions and to break down barriers faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals.

To advance this strategy, the Law Society has revised its Continuing Professional Development Requirement to include a requirement to complete three Professionalism Hours of accredited programming focused on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI Hours), by the end of 2020.  Licensees will be required to complete one EDI Hour per year of accredited programming thereafter.  EDI Hours count towards the licensee’s Professionalism Hours for the year in which they are completed.

The Law Society has begun accrediting programs (see below). In addition, to assist licensees, the Law Society is developing a free, three-hour accredited program, to be launched in late 2018. The program will consist of a series of self-directed, on-line learning modules.  The Law Society is also developing resources to assist legal workplaces in designing and delivering their own three-hour programs.

Does this requirement apply to you?

All lawyers and paralegals are encouraged to engage in equality, diversity and inclusion professional development.

Only lawyers and paralegals subject to the CPD Requirement are required to complete Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionalism Hours (EDI Hours) and report the Hours in the Law Society Portal.

Meeting the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionalism Hours requirement

The Law Society has developed accreditation criteria for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionalism Hours (EDI Hours). Accredited programs can be identified by the EDI accredited logo.

The following Law Society Equity Legal Education programs have been accredited:

The following programs produced by external organizations have also been accredited for EDI hours:

For other accredited programs check the calendars for Law Society and other CPD providers. 

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Frequently asked questions about the CPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Requirement