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Law Practice Program

(updated October 2018)

LPP NOTICE TO CANDIDATES: 

At the current time, the LPP has been approved to run in the 2019-20 term. The evaluation of the program is ongoing and further information about future sessions of the LPP, including applicable dates and deadlines, will be posted as it becomes available. Candidates are encouraged to check the website and their licensing process web account regularly.

Candidates entering or currently registered in the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process may choose from two experiential training paths: the Articling Program or the Law Practice Program (LPP). Candidates 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. 

The LPP consists of a four-month training course and a four-month work placement. Candidates who select the LPP experiential training path must complete both the training course and the work placement. The program runs consecutively 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. 

The registration deadline for the 2019-20 LPP will be announced in early 2019. Candidates are to check the website under “Dates to Remember” and their online account for updates on the LPP and relevant dates and deadlines.

English LPP at Ryerson University

The Law Practice Program at Ryerson University will run from the end of August 2019 to the end of April 2020. The training course component will run from the end of August to the end of December 2019, and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2020. The LPP at Ryerson replicates the experience of working in a law firm using interactive web-based modules and digital simulation tools. The training course component of the LPP at Ryerson is offered largely online. However, candidates will be required to attend in person in Toronto for approximately three weeks. Once finalized, specific dates will be posted in early 2019.

Candidates are also encouraged to regularly consult Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program for more information.

French LPP at the University of Ottawa

The Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa will be held from early September 2019 to the end of April 2020. The training course component will run from early September to the end of December 2019 and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2020. The LPP at the University of Ottawa provides intensive, hands-on training in a smaller group format. Candidates are required to attend in person in Ottawa for the duration of the four-month training course. Once finalized, specific dates for the LPP at the University of Ottawa will be posted in early 2019 on the Website. Candidates are to note there will be a mandatory online orientation during the last week of August 2019.

The University of Ottawa requires that candidates enrolled in the LPP be fluent in French in order to maximize success in the interactions, skills activities and assessments. Candidates who have not previously studied law in French will be required to successfully complete a language proficiency examination before being accepted into the French LPP. The proficiency examination will be administered by the University of Ottawa. Please contact anne.levesque@uottawa.ca for further details. Candidates are encouraged to check the University of Ottawa’s Law Practice Program website in English or French

Law Practice Program (LPP) Refund Policy

Candidates seeking to transfer from the Law Practice Program to the Articling Program may do so within the same licensing cycle without penalty. Candidates seeking to otherwise withdraw from the Law Practice Program are advised of the following deadlines:

Withdrawal Date

Experiential Training
Fee Refund Policy

Refund Deadline
Ryerson LPP

Refund Deadline
University of Ottawa LPP

Within the first 2 weeks of the LPP

100%

TBA

TBA

After the first 2 weeks but within the first 4 weeks of the LPP

50%

TBA

TBA

After the first 4 weeks of the LPP

No Refund

TBA

TBA

 

For further information, please contact the Law Society through your online account or at licensingprocess@lso.ca.

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