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Offering abridgements, exemptions and alternatives to the practical experience requirement

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

LAW Society of Upper Canada

LAW Society of Upper Canada


This practice offers applicants alternatives to meeting the practical experience (articling) requirement for becoming a lawyer.

Candidates can apply for a reduction of the 10-month articling program or a complete exemption under the following conditions:

  1. They have been called to the bar or have practised as a lawyer in a common law jurisdiction, AND
  2. They can demonstrate that they have completed activities that align with the articling program's goals and objectives.

With these options, applicants get credit for their international experience.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has also developed an alternative to the articling program in response to difficulties some applicants have in finding an articling position. Applicants may now choose to enroll in the Law Practice Program which consists of a four-month training course and a four-month work placement. This program is currently in the pilot phase. The Law Practice Program is offered in English at Ryerson University in Toronto, and the majority of the training course is delivered online. The French program is offered at the University of Ottawa.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 06, 2014