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FAQ's about Professionalism Case Studies for CPD

 

  • What is a Professionalism Case Study?

    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, practice management, and/or equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues.
     

  • Are the Professionalism Case Studies relevant to all practice areas?

    Most of the Law Society Professionalism Case Studies are set within a specific practice area. However, many of the professional responsibility, ethics, practice management and EDI issues addressed in the Professionalism Case Studies are common to all areas of practice.
     

  • What can I learn from a Professionalism Case Study?

    The Professionalism Case Studies allow you to put yourself in the position of the lawyer or paralegal in the case to identify the problem, develop alternatives and create an action plan for resolving the issues in accordance with your professional obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct or Paralegal Rules of Conduct.
     

  • How can I use a Professionalism Case Study?

    The Professionalism Case Studies can be used as the basis for group discussion in a variety of settings.

    Lawyers and paralegals may use Professionalism Case Studies as the basis for study group (or roundtable) sessions. The Law Society strongly recommends that a facilitator be used to guide these sessions.

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) providers, including firms, law or paralegal associations, government associations and industry groups may use the Professionalism Case Studies in programs that contain content involving professional responsibility, ethics, practice management and/or EDI.

  • Are the Professionalism Case Studies eligible for CPD accreditation?

    The Professionalism Case Studies developed by the Law Society have been accredited for professionalism hours. An application for accreditation is not required.
     
    Each Law Society Professionalism Case Study discussed in a study group (or roundtable) session is eligible for up to one hour of professionalism credit so long as the study group session involves two or more lawyers or paralegals. The total amount of Professionalism Hours claimed will depend on the actual duration of the study group session and the number of case studies discussed. For example, if a study group takes three hours to discuss two Professionalism Case Studies, participants may only claim two hours of professionalism for that group session (i.e., 1 hour per case study). Conversely, if a study group takes 30 minutes to discuss one Professionalism Case Study, participants may only claim 30 minutes of professionalism credit.
     
    Study groups that do not use the Law Society’s accredited Professionalism Case Studies, but wish to obtain professionalism credit for the study group session must apply to have the session accredited in advance by the Law Society. To apply for accreditation, lawyers or paralegals must complete and submit an Application for Accreditation - Alternate Eligible Educational Activities (PDF). See the Law Society’s CPD Accreditation for Licensees for more information.
     

  • Can I use the Professionalism Case Studies to fulfil my CPD professionalism requirement?

    If you are a participant in a study group (or roundtable) session or program that uses one or more of the Law Society’s Professionalism Case Studies, you may claim up to one hour of professionalism credit for each Professionalism Case Study discussed.  The number of hours claimed for each Professionalism Case Study used during the study group session or program will depend on the actual duration of the study group or program and the number of Professionalism Case Studies discussed.
     
    If you are the facilitator of a Professionalism Case Study group session or program, you may claim three times the actual study group time, up to a maximum of three Professionalism Hours per Professionalism Case Study. The facilitator should not, however claim more time than actually spent on preparation.
     

  • Does the Law Society provide any guides or other resources for facilitators of Professionalism Case Study Group sessions?

    Facilitator and participant guides and resources for lawyers and paralegals who wish to facilitate or participate in one or more of the Law Society’s accredited Professionalism Case Studies are available on the Law Society’s website.