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Professionalism Case Studies

The Law Society has developed a series of Professionalism Case Studies to be used as the basis for discussion by study groups. A Professionalism Case Study is a description of an actual situation in which a lawyer or paralegal is faced with a decision involving one or more ethical, professional responsibility or practice management issues.

Study groups offer a flexible and convenient way for lawyers and paralegals to obtain CPD Hours. This will include attendance at a group session of two or more lawyers or paralegals that is organized for the purpose of discussing content that comes within the CPD definition. Study group participants may be lawyers or paralegals from a variety of settings — sole and small firm colleagues in the same community or lawyers and paralegals in the same firm, legal department, government agency, or clinic. Live, in-person participation, in addition to telephone conference, webconference (e.g. Skype, Google Chat) or videoconference are all acceptable delivery methods, so long as attendees can interact with one another in real time. Lawyers or paralegals who facilitate study group sessions may claim up to three hours of credit for every one hour session to reflect preparation time. File or matter specific discussion is not eligible for CPD Hours.

Please see the following resources for more information:

Professionalism Case Studies by Practice Area

Guides for facilitators are available upon request by e-mailing and include learning objectives, suggested topics and sample discussion questions.