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Law Society implements online delivery of licensing examinations

May 05, 2020

TORONTO, ON — In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has informed licensing candidates that the cancelled March Solicitor examination will move to an online delivery model. 
The LSO anticipates that the June Barrister and Solicitor examinations and the July Paralegal examination will also move to online delivery over the summer months. This will allow the licensing process to move forward while protecting the health of candidates and employees.

“The Law Society is confident that the new online delivery model will continue to ensure entry-level competence which is in the public interest,” said CEO Diana Miles. “This will also provide candidates with an opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the licensing process during this unprecedented crisis.”

The security and integrity of the examinations continue to be a priority for the LSO. The examination administration and remote proctoring provided by external service providers follow industry best practices in compliance with standards defined by international accrediting bodies such as ISO/ANSI 17024.

The delivery of online examinations will begin in early June. Priority will be given to those candidates for whom the March Solicitor examination is their final requirement to be licensed, followed by all other candidates who were scheduled to write the March Solicitor examination. Technical support will be provided to candidates throughout the process.

As Public Health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, the LSO is currently unable to confirm dates of future in-person examinations. More information will be provided to candidates as arrangements are confirmed.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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Media contact: Jennifer Wing, Senior Communications Advisor, External Relations and Communications, at 647-309-9984 or jwing@lso.ca. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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