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Law Practice Program

LPP NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:

(updated May 2020)

On December 10, 2018, the Law Society of Ontario’s governing body approved an option for lawyer licensing that retains both Articling and the Law Practice Program/Programme de Pratique du droit (LPP/PPD) as two transitional pathways to licensing. 

Candidates entering or currently registered in the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process may choose from two experiential training paths that include either the Articling Program or the LPP/PPD. Both of these training paths will satisfy the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. 

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. Presently, Ryerson University provides the English program and the University of Ottawa provides the French program. 

The candidates are to check the website under Dates to Remember and their online account for updates on the LPP and relevant dates and deadlines.

The Law Practice Program at Ryerson University

The Law Practice Program at Ryerson University will run from the end of August 2020 to the end of April 2021. The training course component will run from the end of August to the end of December 2020, and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2021. 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. Once finalized, specific dates will be posted in early 2020.

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

The Programme de Pratique du droit at the University of Ottawa

The Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa will be held from early September 2020 to the end of April 2021. The training course component will run from early September to the end of December 2020 and the work placements will run from early January to the end of April 2021. The LPP at the University of Ottawa provides intensive, hands-on training in a smaller group format. Once finalized, specific dates for the LPP at the University of Ottawa will be posted in early 2020 on the Dates to Remember page. Candidates are to note there will be a mandatory online orientation during the last week of August 2020.

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 pratiquezledroit@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/ Programme de Pratique du droit (LPP/PPD) 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%

September 7, 2020 (inclusive)

September 22, 2020 (inclusive)

After the first 2 weeks but within the

first 4 weeks

of the LPP

50%

September 21, 2020 (inclusive)

October 6, 2020 (inclusive)

After the first 4 weeks

of the LPP

No Refund to be

issued as of this date

September 22, 2020 (inclusive)

October 7, 2020 (inclusive)

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

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