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Experiential Training

If you are a candidate who is entering or currently registered in the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process you may choose from two experiential training paths: the Articling Program or the Law Practice Program (LPP). You must complete either the LPP or the Articling Program to satisfy the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. Both pathways are based on supporting the fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates, established by the Law Society. 

If you select the Articling Program, you must complete a ten-month placement with an approved principal to gain practical legal skills in preparation for entry-level practice.

If you select the LPP, you must complete a four month training course and a four month work placement. The program runs from late August/early September until the end of April. Ryerson University provides the English program and the University of Ottawa provides the French program.

If you have completed the Lakehead Integrated Practice Curriculum, you will have satisfied the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. If you have been called to the bar in another common law jurisdiction and you have practiced law for at least ten months in that jurisdiction, you may be eligible for an exemption from the experiential training component.

For Candidates

  • Articling Program
    The Articling Program is one pathway to obtain the required experiential training in order to be licensed to practice law in Ontario. For more information please see the Articling Program resource page.

    If you select the Articling Program, you must complete a ten-month placement with an approved principal to gain legal skills in preparation for entry-level practice.

    If you select the LPP, you must complete a four month training course and a four month work placement. The program runs from late August/early September until the end of April. Ryerson University provides the English program and the University of Ottawa provides the French program.
  • Law Practice Program
    The Law Practice Program is one pathway to obtain the required experiential training to be licensed to practice law in Ontario. For more information please see the Law Practice Program page.
     
  • Exemption from the Experiential Training Program
    If you have at least 10 months of common law practice experience and meet the criteria outlined in the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies, you may qualify for an exemption from the experiential training program. For more information please see Apply for Articling Exemption from the Experiential Training Program.

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