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Accommodations

Candidates may request accommodation in the Lawyer Licensing Process or the Paralegal Licensing Process based on an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990. c. H.19. 

Accommodation in the Law Practice Program in the Lawyer Licensing Process

Candidates who wish to request Accommodation during the Law Practice Program (LPP) are to contact the provider of the English LPP (Ryerson University) or the French LPP (University of Ottawa) as appropriate.

Accommodation for the Call to the Bar Ceremony in the Lawyer Licensing Process

The Law Society provides accommodation and assistance at Call to the Bar ceremonies upon request by candidates. Examples of accommodation include accessible seating, mobility assistance, oral and visual interpreters, and personal frequency modulation systems. Candidates are invited to contact the Law Society via their online account to discuss requirements. Once received by the Law Society, these requirements would be provided to the ceremony venue in order to implement any accommodations provided to the candidate or their guest.

Candidates who are seeking to be called to the bar by a name other than their legal name due to a condition that arises from an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code may submit a request for accommodation to licensingprocess@lso.ca.  All Requests for accommodation must be made by the candidate at least one month prior to the Call to the Bar ceremony. For more information please contact licensingprocess@lso.ca.

Accommodation for Licensing Examinations in the Paralegal Licensing Process or the Lawyer Licensing Process

Important Notice Regarding Accommodation Inquiries 

Given the confidential nature of examination accommodations, Licensing Process representatives and other Law Society staff are unable to respond to inquiries regarding accommodations. Please direct all such inquiries to Accommodation Coordinators and note the following:

Due to the complexity and sensitivity of accommodation-related inquiries, response times are often longer than with other types of inquiries. Voice mail and email messages will generally receive a response within 2 business days; however, response times may be longer during peak periods. The accommodation team is often able to respond soonest to email messages sent to examinationaccommodation@lso.ca. The more clearly you can outline your request in writing, the easier it will be to provide you with a clear answer. Thank you for your understanding.

Accommodation Policy

Candidates seeking accommodation for Licensing Examinations must review the Law Society’s Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. This document contains important information about the Law Society’s duty to accommodate candidates, the Law Society’s procedures and strategies for accommodation, and candidates’ responsibilities when requesting and receiving accommodation.

Registration Requirement

Before initiating an accommodation request, candidates must first register for the licensing examination for which accommodation is sought and have completed their financial arrangements with the Law Society. Documents received by Examination Administration in advance of completed registration will not be processed until the candidate notifies Examination Administration of registration at examinationaccommodation@lso.ca.

Candidates who have previously been approved for accommodation within the same licensing term must register for the examination no later than the applicable published deadline in order for their accommodation plan to be implemented. Due to operational constraints, we are unable to accommodate late registrants.

Accommodation Request and Approval Process

To make a request for accommodation, candidates must follow the procedures set out in the Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. In order to receive accommodations for a Licensing Examination, candidates are required to submit three forms: (1) an Accommodation Request Form, (2) a Supporting Documentation Form for Medical Professionals Recommending Accommodation (where applicable), and (3) an Agreement and Undertaking regarding Licensing Examination Accommodation, which will be sent to the candidate once accommodation is approved. 

Details of approved accommodations, the location, and time of the accommodated examination sitting will be provided via the candidate’s personal email address on file with the Law Society at least 15 business days prior to the examination. Please ensure your email address is up to date, and note that accommodated examinations are written at a separate location from those posted on the Law Society website. Location information for accommodated examinations is communicated directly to the candidate via email, as above. 

The Accommodation Request Form and the Supporting Documentation Form, with all necessary supporting documentation, must be completed in full and received in Examination Administration no later than 30 business days prior to the sitting of the Licensing Examination for which a candidate has requested the accommodation. Final determinations about accommodation requests will not be made until all required supporting documentation is received. Please see below for more information about deadlines and the required completeness of the request in the Request Deadlines section. 

Please use the following links to access the Accommodation Request Forms:
Request for Accommodation Form (PDF)
Supporting Documentation Form (PDF)

Expiration of Approval 

Approved accommodations will carry over to a future examination sitting subject to the following limitations: 1) that the examination is within the same licensing term, 2) that the accommodation granted was not approved on the basis of a temporary ground, and 3) that there is no need for a change to the approved accommodation. If there is a need for a change to the approved accommodation, the candidate must reapply by the applicable deadline. 

If your accommodation is being carried over, please ensure that you have registered no later than the applicable published deadline. Due to operational constraints, we are unable to accommodate late registrants.

Request Deadlines

Please use the following links to the Licensing Process Dates to Remember for accommodation request deadlines. Please note that the deadline for accommodation requests is the same deadline as for registration for the examination.

Lawyer Dates to Remember
Paralegal Dates to Remember

Completeness Requirement: Due to operational constraints, we are unable to accommodate late registrants and/or late requests for accommodation. Following the applicable deadline, requests for accommodation will be deemed “late” where one or more of the following apply: submitted forms and documents provide inadequate support for the accommodation requested, the request is made by a candidate who has not registered for the examination/made fee payment arrangements, or the request has missing or incomplete forms.

For more information regarding accommodations for Licensing Examinations, candidates are invited to contact Examination Administration staff at examinationaccommodation@lso.ca.