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Save the Law Practice Program

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The Law Practice Program (LPP) qualifies candidates to practice law in Ontario, assuming they also pass the Bar Exam and fulfill other criteria. The LPP is offered in English at Ryerson University, and in French at the University of Ottawa.    

The LPP is an alternative to articling. It is open to any qualified candidate, including both those who prefer the LPP to articling and those who sought but were unable to secure an articling position.

The termination of the Law Practice Program was proposed by the Professional Development & Competence Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada in a Report to Convocation dated September 22, 2016 ("the Report").  This Report is available here.

The Report acknowledges that (i) “there is no evidence to suggest that the LPP is in fact second-tier,” and (ii) the LPP is “of very high quality and may, in fact, excel over articling in a number of areas” in terms of preparing candidates for practice (para 59).  The Report's rationale for ending the LPP seems to be that it is “perceived as second tier,” combined with a concern about how it should be funded.

We, the undersigned, call upon Convocation to continue the Law Practice Program. In addition to your signature, we invite you to add your comments in defence of the LPP to this petition. 

The future of the LPP will be deliberated by Convocation (the Law Society's elected board of directors) on November 9, 2016. In addition to adding your comments to this survey, you may send them directly to the Law Society of Upper Canada Pathways Pilot Project.

Thank you for your support and please pass this on via your networks!

Noel Semple, J.D. Ph.D  (Assistant Professor, U. Windsor Faculty of Law)

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