Imagine meeting a client and having to open a file and start work on their business acquisition? Or take a call from another client who has landed in jail? And soon after, you need to turn to completing some legal research to enable you to draft pleadings in a civil matter you have been given. The next day brings a new research assignment, a virtual meeting with your Firm to discuss client confidentiality and another virtual meeting with the Real Estate expert, as well as a Professional Development Webinar. Welcome to a small taste of what you can expect in the first four months of the LPP Training Component! This is work, not school; you engage in activities and assignments that help develop the skills you need as a lawyer. Once you have successfully completed the Training, you begin your in-person Work Placement within Ontario, applying all that you have learned. This licensing pathway is equivalent to articling. Innovative, rigorous and demanding, the eight-month LPP aims to help you succeed.
Who is Eligible
Candidates in the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) licensing process who have completed either a Juris Doctor (JD) from a recognized Canadian law school, or an equivalent degree as determined by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) through the completion of exams and receipt of a Certificate of Qualification for internationally trained lawyers. Candidates must also be eligible to study and work in Ontario.
Candidates interested in registering for the LPP must first be registered in the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Licensing Process (through the LSO website).
Once registered for the LSO’s Licensing, Candidates must select the LPP pathway, within the LSO Portal. The LSO provides the LPP a list of registered Candidates directly.
Beginning in the Spring, LSO licensing Candidates who have selected the LPP through the LSO will begin receiving communications from the LSO and LPP to begin the Ryerson registration process.
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
Why Ryerson's LPP
The LPP is forward thinking and Candidate focussed. It provides participants with the opportunity to develop the core skills and competencies essential for success in practice. Candidates benefit from the network of hundreds of experts from the profession who participate annually in developing and delivering the program. Candidates also benefit from hands-on use of of innovative and cutting-edge tools used within the profession. These experiences translate into future success, as our alumni demonstrate.
What Our Alumni & Employers Are Saying
It was rigorous and comprehensive. I loved it and benefited a lot from it. After litigation and negotiation trainings, I am more confident to conduct these proceedings.
It is a wonderful program. Well thought out. Well executed. An incredible learning experience. It is the future. I feel grateful to have been part of this program. It was very demanding but I could always see the benefits.
I liked the simulated experience of working in a firm and having challenging work to do within deadlines. This is a fantastic experience, I will keep recommending it to others.
My overall experience was very enjoyable. The care and effort put into the program does not go unnoticed. The instructions and expectations were clear and the resources given were expansive. The scenarios were interesting and the learning experiences gained will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Chris Bentley said it best at the beginning, you get from this program what you put in. I was nervous about starting out as a lawyer because I didn’t really know what the work was going to be like and if I could do it at an acceptable standard. This program gave me the opportunity to experience what it will be like working as a lawyer, the practice increased my abilities and confidence. I loved this program.
We’re changing the legal world…The LPP provides a consistent practical training that should be adopted as the modern system to become a lawyer in Canada.
The LPP is incomparable to other pathways to licencing. From managing a virtual “law firm” with three of my peers to the excellent work placement I obtained, the LPP greatly exceeded all of my expectations.
One of the most important things I learned from [my mentor] was how to juggle responsibilities.
His experience and knowledge was invaluable to me throughout his mentorship term. He was always ready to answer my doubts regarding any of the assignments. His explanations were always clear, knowledgeable, insightful, practical. He always offered the perspective from his experience.
She was incredibly knowledgeable. I feel that she prepared me fairly well for the placement period. She was very generous with her advice and thoroughly answered any questions I had.
I benefited tremendously. [He] was a thoughtful and patient mentor who devoted time, energy and knowledge to the firm. His comments were insightful; it was obvious he dedicated time to read the assignment and give meaningful feedback. He also shared resources and helped us in other areas that were not strictly under his supervision, such as tips and strategies for arguing a motion, preparing our witness for examination in chief and cross, and our access to justice project, to name a few.
[She] exuded such an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. Combined with her humor and larger-than- life personality, she made our firm’s final mentoring experience a beautiful thing. She had so much to relay, in such a practical way. It was truly refreshing and engaging.
I received constructive feedback which helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses. All the assignments were discussed during the weekly mentor meeting and different techniques and experiences were shared by the mentor which gave me an insight to carry out the assignments in an effective manner.
She’s a great advocate and her strength is in administrative law being extremely experienced in labor law. Great tips, especially when we were preparing for our trial advocacy, direct and cross examinations, how we should formulate the questions, when to press a point and when not to, when to move on. Her experience likewise shines well when we were preparing our oral motions, she gave good feedback on how to improve arguing orally, what to focus on — her feedback helped my immigration assessment. Thanks to her. She is very caring. We even talked…on other topics like the bar exams, strategy on how to put up your own firm, etc.
Life experience, work process, expectations, priorities management, practicality of work form. Able to pitch ideas to him re: A2J, Business plan, group dynamics. Very good experience
Gave real world experience about what life is like as a lawyer. Gave great advice on how to structure and organize legal memos. In addition, stylistic improvements that have greatly benefited me.
I am very happy at the placement. I have attended examinations under oath, written settlement proposals, also client intake, docketing and affidavit of documents. They want me to stay on long term so I am thinking beyond the 4 month placement, trying to absorb and work on as much as possible to be prepared to join the firm after my placement. I feel confident because of the training.
I am really enjoying the placement and the people are wonderful. My first week, I was thrown into a trial where I helped with a 140 page factum – and a 340 page legislative review. The LPP training gave me a lot of confidence; I understood what was going on when I started helping with the trial/factum. Very happy!
Overall after the LPP program and my placement I am feeling much more confident about my skills and ability to practice post bar-call.
It was everything I hoped for and much more! I gained invaluable experience with international law for which I have a keen interest… I conducted research, prepared briefing books and memos to cabinet, I attended negotiation and strategy sessions…It was a very fast-paced and busy environment but my supervisors were very supportive.
Could not have asked for a better work placement/supervisor. Learned not only how to be a better lawyer, but how to manage a practice and how important it is to be involved in the legal community.
All qualified Candidates who notify the LSO that they wish to participate in the LPP, and pay the required LSO licensing fees, will be invited to register for the program.
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and wish to participate in the LPP (Training Component and Work Placement) you must provide the LPP with the appropriate documentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This documentation must be provided before the LPP begins. You are personally responsible for obtaining such documentation from the relevant Canadian government agency or office. This documentation must confirm your proof of legal name and be valid for the duration of the LPP (August 2020 to April 2021). Note: You will not be able to begin the LPP in August without the relevant documentation.
In order to participate in the program and apply for work placement opportunities you must be eligible to study and work in Canada. You are required to obtain a study permit and work permit before the LPP begins. Candidates can hold either a Study Permit + Open Work Permit (separate applications) or a Study permit + Co-op Work Permit (this application can be done together).
If you are a Refugee Claimant for whom no final decision has been made, or you have found to be a Convention Refugee or a Protected Person, you are also required to hold both a valid study permit and a valid work permit to participate in LPP. You do not need to pay the processing fee for study permit and work permit applications.
IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE
In light of COVID-19, the Training Component of the LPP will be offered fully online from August to December 2020. Due to the fact that the Training Component of the LPP will be offered online from August to December 2020, it is important that Candidates who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents can begin the program without a study permit or before their study permit (and co-op work permit) application is approved. It is strongly recommended that Candidates apply for a study permit as soon as possible so that their application is in the queue for processing.
Due to COVID-19, the Training Component of the LPP will be offered fully online from August to December 2020. At this time, temporary changes to immigration regulations concerning international students are in effect. As a result:
- Candidates in the LPP may engage in the Training Component of the LPP without a study permit if they are already in possession of an open work permit that is valid through April 2021.
- If Candidates do not have an open work permit, they must apply for a study permit in order to receive a co-op work permit. This application can be done together. We strongly encourage Candidates to apply for a study permit (+ co-op work permit) as soon as possible so that their application is in the queue for processing.
Please note that the following LPP policy remains in effect:
A valid work permit for the duration of the Work Placement (January to April 2021) is required to begin the program in August. Each Candidate is responsible for obtaining valid documentation to ensure participation in the LPP starting in August 2020. Candidates must satisfy themselves that they have the appropriate requirements. You will not be able to begin the LPP in August without this permit.
If you have questions and require assistance, please contact International Student Support at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of their advisors will be able to provide support. Please inform them that you are a Law Practice Program Candidate.
To participate in the LPP, NCA students must have completed and passed all NCA requirements and filed with the LSO a Certificate of Qualification before the LPP begins in August.
The LPP strongly recommends Candidates complete both the Barrister and Solicitor examinations prior to beginning the LPP, although they are not required to do so. * Due to the COVID-19 situation, we understand the LSO has made these exams available online at this time. The LPP strongly recommends that entering LPP Candidates complete the exams in July and early August, and avoid the test window during our first launch week in particular, (ie the week of August 24 to 28th) and the week of September 8 to 12th.
Please also note that some of our work placement employers have stipulated that they will only accept applications from Candidates who have already completed both the barrister and solicitor exams.
As a practical training course required for professional licensure, the LPP does not qualify for OSAP funding. If you have existing Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans, you can apply for OSAP Continuation of Interest-Free Status to keep your previous OSAP loans in interest-free/suspended repayment status. For more information on next steps and timelines, please click the hyperlink and scroll to the “Law Practice Program” section. 2020-2021 information will be updated in May 2020. Questions? Contact the ServiceHub at Ryerson University.
Please note that the information above is subject to change without notice, as it is based on OSAP Policy and Guidelines at the time of publishing. For the most up to date and accurate information, refer to the Information by Student Group, Law Practice Program section on the Student Financial Assistance website. Or, contact the ServiceHub at Ryerson University.
Ryerson University does not provide financial assistance for LPP Candidates. Please see the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) website for information on financial assistance.
The LPP is a rigorous and intensive program; full-time commitment, dedication and focus is expected. Candidates are expected to be available and prepared to complete LPP expectations during regular business hours.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the entire Training Component of the LPP will be virtual, online from August 24th to December 18th.
**Note that introductory virtual (and recorded) webcasts will be held throughout the summer, prior to the August 24th launch.
LPP Candidates will be considered full-time non-degree Ryerson students, receive a Ryerson student number, a Ryerson email and have access to some services available to other Ryerson students.
The progress of the LPP Candidates will be monitored throughout the online and practical portions of the course. Candidates will have ample opportunity for feedback, prior to assessed evaluations. Each four-month component will be individually assessed on a pass/fail basis.
If you are a Candidate who requires disability-related accommodations during the LPP, you will be need to register with Ryerson’s Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) once you have registered at Ryerson and as soon as possible before the start of the program. The LPP requires Candidates to complete timed assignments and extra time can only be provided after registration with AAS. Please know that your registration is confidential and voluntary, you can discontinue at any time.
Our goal is to ensure Candidates succeed in developing the skills and competencies required to meet the licensing requirements of the LSO. From the beginning, Candidates will be divided into “firms” of approximately four members and will work through case files virtually. Each firm will be mentored through the four months by a practicing lawyer/Mentor. The training component is a simulated work experience within a Virtual Law Firm.
Firm members will be actively involved in practice tasks designed to develop the following skills: ethics and professionalism; oral and written communications; analysis; research; client management and practice management. In addition to regular weekly virtual meetings with the mentor/senior partner, the “firm” will be required to open and work through client files (independently and as a group) in the areas of wills and estates, real estate, business law, administrative law, family law, criminal law and civil litigation. Successful completion of files in each area is required. Candidates will take simulated files from start to finish, including interviewing, drafting, researching, determining the approach, negotiating, arguing motions and key parts of trials and conducting business and real estate transactions. They will manage clients and time, and meet deadlines.
The LPP works hard to find a qualifying placement for every Candidate. LPP Candidates are hired by employers into a work placement for the second half of the program (January – April) through our placement process. The LPP also encourages Candidates, if they are interested in a particular type of placement, to identify and arrange the placement with the cooperation of the LPP Work Placement Office. The LPP reviews Candidates’ progress during the Placement.
We work hard to find a placement, and a paid placement, for all Candidates. Our goal and priority is to have all work placements be paid, recognizing that the pay range will vary across organizations and in different areas of the Province.
To facilitate a mutually rewarding experience, input and preference information regarding the placements will be obtained from both Candidates and work placement partners to assist in the placement process.
If a Candidate has a possible placement, they are encouraged to notify the LPP Work Placement Office. We will work together with the Candidate to ensure that the organization qualifies to provide a work placement.
At present, all Candidates are expected to complete the work placement between January and April.