As the legal profession continues to evolve, the licensing process needs to keep pace.
That is why, on November 9th, 2016, following the review and subsequent two-year extension of the Pathways Pilot Project, the Law Society’s governing body approved embarking on a comprehensive review of the lawyer licensing process in Ontario. As a result, this past spring, we have engaged extensively with the profession and other stakeholders to formulate long-term recommendations for an appropriate, sustainable lawyer licensing system in Ontario.
The Dialogue on Licensing saw the Law Society hold a series of facilitated in-person and webcast group discussions on the future of our licensing process.
This is a critical issue for the profession and together, we can chart a course for the future. We all have a role to play and I firmly believe that this process can lead to solutions that will have a long-lasting impact.
I encourage you to provide written comments by August 1.
Paul B. Schabas
Treasurer, The Law Society of Upper Canada