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Mentors / Assessors

Training Component

Our Training Component is a simulation of practice - this is work, not school, for our Candidates! The relevant skills and competencies that members of the Profession help us to develop in our Candidates are Professionalism and Ethics; Oral and Written Communications; Research Skills; Analytical Skills; Client Relationship Management; and Practice Management.

These skills are developed by Candidates working, both independently and within virtual law firms, to manage and completing deliverables on simulated files, created by lawyer subject-matter experts, in seven practice areas: Administrative Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Wills and Estates.

The Training is 4 months virtual, online simulation (real time, using a variety of programs and tools). Virtual firms also engage in consideration of the business of practising law, and are required to develop an innovative Firm Business Plan. Members of the Profession offer guidance, advice, feedback and assessment, all critical to developing successful skills in our future colleagues.

Roles for Lawyers

The Fall Training Component relies on the dedicated contributions and expertise of members of the Ontario legal profession. Ryerson’s LPP is created by the Profession, for the Profession. Candidates benefit by the involvement of a large network of lawyers, and lawyers speak of many benefits of participating with Ryerson’s LPP, including giving back to the Profession, helping to develop future colleagues and sharing their experiences and knowledge. Consider joining Ryerson’s LPP in one of the following roles:

Get Involved

MENTORS

MENTORS

Mentors engage in weekly discussions of the Firm’s legal files, and Professionalism & Client/Practice Management themes. They review Candidate work and offer timely Feedback and Assessment. A minimum of 3 years post-call to the Ontario Bar is required (our average is 15 years). An honorarium is paid, and the weekly time commitment is 4-6 hours for four months. Up to 6 LSO CPD Hours are available.

ASSESSORS

ASSESSORS

Assessors evaluate our Candidates through various simulations during the training program, and due to COVID-19 in Fall 2020, this will be entirely virtually. Simulations include Real Estate closings; Family Mediations; Criminal Bail Hearings; Client Interviews; Examinations of Witnesses; and more. Time commitment ranges, with a stipend offered. Subject area experience is needed.

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Legal experts develop and deliver simulated files (Administrative, Business, Civil Litigation, Criminal, Family, Real Estate Law, Wills & Estates), and skills areas (eg Communications, Legal Research, Practice/Client Management and Professionalism). They engage in development work in the spring; and file update webinars and respond to file questions in the fall. This is a paid opportunity.

TRIAL ADVOCACY ADVISORS

TRIAL ADVOCACY ADVISORS

During the Training Program, we offer an Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, developed by Sheila Block and Jim Seckinger. Advisors help our Candidates improve advocacy skills. Due to COVID-19 in Fall 2020, this will be entirely virtually. The program involves demonstrations followed by active workshops, where Advisors coach Candidates. Litigation experts may participate, with 2 hours of LSO Professionalism CPD credits per day.

How Does It Work

4 Month Practical Training

(August – December)
  • Mondays to Fridays approximately 8AM – 6PM EST (Hours may vary)
  • Candidates work both individually and in virtual law firms of approximately 4 to 6 – supported by practicing lawyers ("mentors"), who offer guidance, feedback and assessment
  • Interactive and experiential – learn by doing
  • Practical – files developed by practising lawyers
  • Relevant – interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, prepare the client, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage the client and the practice

4 Month Work Placement

(January – April)
  • Mondays to Fridays approximately 8AM – 6PM EST (Hours may vary)
  • Candidates are trained to hit the ground running
  • Employers include major institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics and sole practitioners throughout Ontario
  • As a work placement employer you will be joining us on the leading edge of practical legal training

What Our Mentors and Assessors Are Saying

Our mentors and assessors are critical to the delivery of the training component and to Candidate success. The following testimonials outline their experience with our program and our Candidates. See what they have to say.

Wonderful! So informative to watch them grow and get more confident as the weeks go by.

It is great to virtually act as a mentor. It provides an opportunity for those of us at a distance to be involved.

Participating as a mentor in the LPP is a very rewarding experience that I feel privileged to have each fall…I believe with each year this program grows richer and improves for the candidates that in some respects receive a broader exposure to the practice of law than many articling positions might provide. I think the LPP has been a great success…

I really enjoyed my time with LPP. It gave me opportunity to work with some talented and motivated people. I’ve dealt with some unique issues and felt that I also learned from the candidates. The staff was very supportive and welcoming.

I enjoyed working with Candidates from diverse backgrounds, offering diverse perspectives and conducting themselves professionally in individual and firm meetings striving to get better each day

The program is very supportive and informative. It makes doing the job easier. It is awesome to see the difference in students from beginning to end.

This was a positive and empowering experience in spite of the challenges both in terms of time commitments and technical issues. I found no greater satisfaction than to give back and provide advice to the candidates from the firms and additional engagement during the in person weeks. A key take away for me was that like the candidates, mentors are ambassadors of the LPP.

One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had the privilege to participate in. I get 100 times the enjoyment than the effort that I put into it. I stay in touch with all of my mentees over the years, and I look at LPP at the start of a long term relationship. 🙂

It continues to be a great experience. Each year the organization of the program improves and the quality of the candidates is evident.

I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the profession as a mentor and assessor for the LPP. While I seek to give, I am always amazed by the enrichment I receive from this important and meaningful work.

FAQs Mentors