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Law Society participates in National Well-Being Study of legal professionals

June 07, 2021

Update: The National Well-being Study of legal professionals has been extended to August 30. 

The Law Society of Ontario is pleased to be partnering with Canadian law societies, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Université de Sherbrooke for a first-of-its-kind national study on the well-being of legal professionals. 

Legal practitioners are among a group of professionals most at risk of experiencing mental wellness issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression. The Law Society of Ontario is committed to understanding and supporting the mental well-being of licensees and is proud to support this first-ever, National Well-Being Study dedicated to understanding and promoting a healthy and sustainable practice of law in Canada.

In Ontario, the following legal professionals are being asked to participate in an anonymous and confidential study questionnaire:

  • All lawyers and paralegals, including those who are presently unemployed, on leave and who have retired or stopped working in law in the past year;
  • Articling candidates who are working in any capacity, including private practice, public sector, university or college, etc.;
  • Experiential learning candidates who completed the Law Practice Program at Ryerson, the Programme de pratique du droit at the University of Ottawa or the Integrated Practice Curriculum program at Lakehead University in 2021.

The questionnaire, which will be active until August 30, 2021, will take between 30-45 minutes and can be completed in one session or multiple sessions. The questionnaire will automatically save responses, allowing participants to close the browser and later resume the session where they left off by simply clicking on the survey link again. Once the last question in the survey is answered, responses will be automatically submitted.

All responses are anonymous and will remain strictly confidential. Only the research team will have access to data in aggregate form.

The outcomes of this study will help us better understand determinants of well-being, risk factors and factors that support well-being among legal professionals in Canada. The information will also help law societies develop appropriate intervention strategies to better support legal professionals.

Qualifying participants received an invitation by email to participate in the study. Information and a link to the questionnaire is also available to licensees through the LSO Portal.

Learn more from lead researcher Dr. Nathalie Cadieux.

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