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Candidate Supports

The following supports are available to candidates who are registered in the Law Society’s Licensing Process:

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., including disability. The Law Society can provide accommodations to candidates for the Licensing Examinations. Candidates seeking accommodation must review the Law Society’s Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. Additional information about Accommodations, including information regarding how to make a request, can be found on the Accommodations page.

Monthly Payment Plan

The Law Society has transitioned to an online self-service enrolment platform for the monthly payment plan, starting in the 2019-20 Licensing Year.

The Monthly Payment Plan allows candidates to pay their licensing fees in equal monthly installments via valid credit card, over a specific four-month span, depending on the plan selected by the candidate. Candidates who wish to enrol in this plan agree to monthly pre-authorized charges to be made on their credit card, in equal installments. All candidates must review the information available on the Fees and Forms page regarding Billing and Payment Information and the Fees Schedule before enrolling in the plan.

Candidates may self-enrol by logging into their Law Society account and selecting the link at left regarding the Monthly Payment Plan. Only eligible invoices for the Licensing Examination and the Study Materials will be available for you to add to the payment plan. All other invoices must be paid in full by the prescribed deadline listed on the invoice. Candidates will only be able to enrol in the plan by the specified deadlines listed on the Dates to Remember page. Once the deadline to enrol in a payment plan has passed, candidates must pay all fees in full by the required payment deadline(s) if they wish to write a licensing examination.

When considering the prescribed term of your payment plan, please ensure you consider when the final payment will be processed and when you intend to be licensed. Candidates cannot be licensed if they have outstanding fees and have not made the remaining payments as agreed to under the plan. If you wish to be licensed sooner than when the plan concludes, you will be required to make payment in full for all outstanding fees on your account.

Candidates enrolling in a payment plan will be expected to review and agree to the terms and conditions of the plan as well as note the dates on which preauthorized payments will be charged to their credit card. Payments are processed on the 14th day of each month for the duration of the plan selected. More information on the terms and conditions will be available when enrolling in the plan.

Candidates may not add or remove invoices from the plan once the plan has commenced and pre-authorized payments have been made. If any pre-authorized transaction is rejected by the credit card company during the duration of the plan, all fees become due for services rendered and candidates are required to make full payment by the invoice deadline so as not to jeopardize registration and enrollment in any component of the Licensing Process.

Preloaded credit cards, debit cards or electronic funds transfers will not be accepted. VISA, MasterCard and Amex are the acceptable forms of payment accepted under this plan.

Note: A non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for each plan a candidate enrols in. The four-month plan administrative fee is $40 plus applicable taxes. This non-refundable fee will be charged to the candidates’ credit card at the time a candidate enrols in the plan online.

Tutoring

The Law Society provides access to tutoring from experienced members of the profession for those candidates who have been unsuccessful with the Licensing Examinations. Additional information for candidates and Tutors can be found on the Tutoring page.

Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Service

As part of the Law Society of Ontario's efforts to enable equity and diversity in the workplace and the profession, and to help stop discrimination and harassment, the Law Society provides a Discrimination and Harassment Counsel service free-of-charge to the Ontario public, lawyers and paralegals. The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or paralegal

Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Discrimination:
Information and Resources for Candidates in the Licensing Process

Member Assistance Program

The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is provided by Homewood Health to all lawyers, paralegals, law students, and judges in Ontario, as well as their family members. It is a fully confidential service funded by the Law Society of Ontario.

Windmill Microlending

If you are an internationally trained immigrant in another country and have recently immigrated to Canada, the Windmill Microlending loan may assist you financially with your licensing fees. Please visit the Windmill Microlending website for more information.