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Registration Information for Paralegal Candidates Entering the 2021-22 Licensing Cycle

(Revised January 2021)

Due to Covid-19, certain in-person activities may be cancelled. 

Welcome to the Paralegal Licensing Process 

This section provides information for candidates who have already submitted both parts of the application to the Licensing and Accreditation Department. It contains general information about the next steps in the Paralegal Licensing Process including the Paralegal Licensing Examination and obtaining the study materials. You must read this information thoroughly along with the Licensing Process Policies and Licensing Examination Rules and Protocols available online. Please note that deadlines refer to business days, not calendar days, unless otherwise noted.

Please bookmark and refer to the Dates to Remember and Examination Delivery pages and refer to your invoices for specific fee deadline information.

A. Communication with the Law Society
B. Fees and Payment
C. Study Materials and the Candidate Photo Identification Card
D. Paralegal Licensing Examination
E. Good Character Requirement
F. Accommodations
G. Licensing
H. Contacting the Law Society


A. Communication with the Law Society

Your online account is the primary means of communicating with the Law Society from the time you submit your application until you become licensed to provide legal services.

You are strongly advised to log in to your online account at least once or twice a week to review information from the Law Society regarding the licensing process. Fee invoices and receipts, information on licensing examinations, examination results, access to study materials and licensing requirements are among the many critical and time-sensitive messages sent through your online account. Candidates should note that when an online account message is sent to a large number of candidates, it is sent in batches and some candidates may receive their message before others. You can also communicate with the Licensing Process staff through your online account. Replies are typically provided within two business days of receipt, except during peak periods. Your username and password must be kept confidential as it is unique to you. Using your online account, you can update your address, check your account balance, and pay your fees. It is critical that you ensure the contact information in your online account (mailing address, telephone number, email address, etc.) is kept up to date at all times.

You will find your personal and confidential candidate identification number in your online account. You must reference this number when corresponding with the Law Society. 

Please ensure that your candidate identification number, username and password are kept confidential at all times. 


B. Fees and Payment

If you applied by the December application deadline and submitted all your required supporting documents, information regarding your fees and invoices will be posted in your online account the following  February. Please also review the “Fees and Forms” page, which includes the Fees Schedule  and important information on available payment methods and options.

You will be sent a separate invoice for each item billed. Each invoice will include a deadline. Please check your account and invoices regularly to ensure you pay each invoice by the appropriate deadline. If your invoice indicates an issue date that is the same as the due date, payment is due immediately upon receipt. Further deadline information is posted on the Dates to Remember page and the Examination Delivery page .

The fee for the Paralegal Licensing Examination includes one sitting of the licensing examination, a copy of the licensing examination study materials and the Law Society candidate photo identification card.

Upon receipt of an invoice, please submit payment online by the applicable deadline. 

Payments received by the Law Society are normally applied to a candidate’s balance within 48 hours of payment (with the exception of peak periods in May/June and November/December of each year). Note that in addition to the fees and Statement of Field Placement you submit, all final transcripts must be received by the Law Society from your educational institution prior to the examination registration deadline in order to be eligible to write the examination.

Monthly Payment Plan 

You may select to pay your licensing examination fee in accordance with the Law Society's Monthly Payment Plan. The Monthly Payment Plan section under "Fees and Forms" outlines details of the plan and the deadline to enrol in the plan. Information on how to enrol in this plan will be available in February of each year.

Please carefully review the payment plan selected so that you are aware of when the final payment is to be made, after which point you may be eligible for licensing. 

If you select this payment option, all outstanding fees must be paid in full before you are licensed. A non-refundable administrative fee is applicable for this service and is payable upon enrolment in the plan.


C. Study Materials and the Candidate Photo Identification Card

Study materials will be available after the posted distribution date, provided the study material invoice is paid. You will be able to place an order online to have the materials shipped (at an added fee) and you may also access the materials digitally in your online account. 

Distribution dates and times are posted on the Dates to Remember age for each licensing cycle.

Please see the Study Materials page for more information.

All candidates will receive a candidate photo identification card several weeks before the examination sitting. The card will be mailed to the address on file with the Law Society.

This card must be presented at all licensing examinations.

Expired cards may be replaced free of charge, upon request. Requests to re-issue expired cards must be received in writing at least three weeks prior to the examination window.

Online Access

Once the study material fee is paid in full, you will be provided with instructions on how to access the materials through your online account. Please see the Dates to Remember page for information on the release date.

Shipping Requests

Details on how to order materials for shipment will be sent to your online account once the study materials have been released for the licensing cycle.


D. Paralegal Licensing Examination

You must successfully complete the Paralegal Licensing Examination as part of your licensing requirements. This exam is an open-book, self-study, multiple choice examination. 

Candidates may request accommodation in the Paralegal Licensing Process based on a condition that arises from a ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. For further information please see section F below, or Accommodations

Preparation for the licensing examination is through self-study of the licensing examination study materials provided by the Law Society, once the material fee is paid and materials have been released. As the examination is open book, you will be permitted to mark up your study materials and bring them to the Testing Area. 

You must ensure you submit all required documents and fees, by the licensing examination registration deadline in order to ensure you are registered for the examination. You are reminded to diarize that a final transcript must be sent directly from your institution to the Law Society and the Statement of Field Placement Form must be sent by you to the Law Society as part of your registration requirement.

The Paralegal Licensing Examinations are typically scheduled in July/August (summer sitting), October (fall sitting) and February (winter sitting) of each licensing cycle. Please see the detailed information regarding the examination on the Licensing Examination and Examination Delivery pages of the website,  including specific information on dates,  rules and protocols, instructions and detailed descriptions of the entry-level competencies tested on the licensing examination.

Each candidate is required to present a valid Law Society photo identification card at any sitting of the licensing examination. All examination and study material fees billed to your account must be paid in full in order to write the licensing examination. 

Your licensing examination result will be sent to your Law Society online account approximately 8 weeks after your examination date. If you are unsuccessful, you will be permitted to register, pay for and rewrite a licensing examination within the same licensing year for one of the other scheduled sittings. If you are rewriting in a different licensing year, you will be invoiced and must pay for a revised set of study materials in addition to the examination re-write fee.


E. Good Character Requirement

The Law Society Act requires that an applicant for admission as a licensee of the Law Society of Ontario be of good character. This is an ongoing requirement for applicants throughout their licensing term.

In the application to be registered into the Lawyer Licensing Process or Paralegal Licensing Process, all applicants must answer questions that assist the Law Society in determining whether the applicant is of good character. These questions allow applicants to self-report conduct or circumstances that may raise issues about the applicant’s character. If an applicant provides an affirmative answer to any of these questions, the applicant must provide full and detailed particulars (which may include supporting documentation). 

After submitting an application, applicants must immediately notify the Licensing and Accreditation Department in writing if their answers to any of the good character questions have changed at any time during their licensing term. A “Good Character Amendment Form” is available online if a change to this section is needed. In order for your good character information and answers to be reviewed, you must first ensure you complete the application process.

Please note that you cannot be licensed until your good character status is clear. More information is available online at the Good Character section of the website.


F. Accommodation

Candidates may request accommodation in the licensing process based on a ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. For details, see the Law Society’s Accommodations webpage.

Candidates entering the licensing process who are requesting accommodation for a licensing examination must submit the accommodation request forms and supporting documentation by email directly to the Examination Administration department at the time of application to the licensing process.

Forms, submission requirements and further information about accommodation request deadlines and the approval process are available on the Accommodations webpage. Please address all accommodation-related enquiries and submissions to examinationaccommodation@lso.ca.


G. Licensing

To meet the requirements for licensure in Ontario, candidates must successfully complete all requirements of the Paralegal Licensing Process, be of good character, submit all required documentation and pay any outstanding fees by the prescribed deadlines.

Information on the procedure and cost for obtaining a paralegal licence, relevant dates and timelines will be sent to candidates through their online account as soon as they receive a "Pass" result. The precise due date for the payment of the fee for licensing will be communicated to candidates once they have passed their licensing examination. All fees are subject to change.


H. Contacting the Law Society

Licensing and Accreditation Hours of Operation and Location: 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2N6 

Please note the office is located on a restricted floor of the building, which is not accessible to the public. 

Please send any inquiries via your Law Society account. You may also speak to staff directly during business hours at (416) 947-3315. Please note that the Licensing and Accreditation Department receives a high volume of calls in the weeks leading up to the examination registration and payment deadlines and the application due date.

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