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Lawyer Licensing Examination Registration and Deferral Information

The Law Society is moving forward with online delivery of all licensing examinations until the end of March 2021. As public health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, all in-person delivery of examinations has been cancelled until the end of March 2021.

Registration, deferral, payment and the filing of final official transcripts or NCA certificates of qualification is due no later than the applicable deadline.

Candidates writing an online examination in the 2020-21 year, or who were unsuccessful on an examination and choose to re-write a Barrister and/or Solicitor Licensing Examination scheduled during the Licensing Year, must complete the Request for Registration or Deferment form and return it to the Licensing and Accreditation Department prior to the deadline listed on the form.

If you have outstanding documents, such as the LL.B. /J.D. transcript, the NCA Certificate of Qualification or any outstanding fees, you will not be permitted to write the Licensing Examination(s). 

2020-21 Request for Registration or Deferment Form 

Deadlines for Examination Registration or Deferment

After a candidate sends a completed form to the Licensing and Accreditation Department, an invoice will be posted in the candidate’s online account within a few business days.

It is strongly recommended that you submit the form as soon as possible so you may be invoiced and pay by the  deadline. Candidates are to note that deadlines have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 situation and the transition to an online delivery platform. For futher information regarding the online examination schedule for the 2020-21 licensing year and the associated deadlines to register, please review the Online Examinations page.

If you are requesting registration for a licensing examination beyond the registration deadline that is applicable to the examination you wish to write, and missed the deadline based on a ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. (the “Code”), you must submit your request using the Late Registration Request Form, along with any supporting documentation directly to regsupport@lso.ca.

For further information on deferring a component of the Licensing Process please see Lawyer Licensing Process Policies, Part XII, Section 12.13

NOTE: Submitting a late registration request DOES NOT guarantee that your request will be approved. Applications will be reviewed with regard to the Law Society’s obligations under the Code. Due to operational constraints, priority must be given to candidates who have complied with the applicable deadlines.

Submitting the Licensing Examination Registration or Deferment Form

Please complete and submit this document via your online account as an attachment.

Payment Information

Please see the Billing and Payment Information webpage for further information.

Examinations in French

Candidates may write their examination in English or French.

Policy

Candidates who register to write any Lawyer Licensing Examination must apprise themselves of the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies and the Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol. Information on relevant Policies and Procedures of the Licensing Process may be found online in the document entitled “Licensing Process Policies” which include information on:

Completing the Licensing Process within the Licensing Term

Lawyer Licensing Process Policies, Part VIII 
Terms or Concepts Explained