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Dialogue on Licensing: Discussing the Realities, Challenges and Opportunities of Lawyer Licensing in Ontario

Convocation, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s governing body, decided to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the lawyer licensing process following its 2016 review of the Pathways Pilot Project which included the Law Practice Program pilot and enhancements to the Articling Program. The goal of this analysis is to formulate long-term recommendations for an appropriate and sustainable licensing system for lawyers.

To support this analysis, the Law Society is committed to engaging directly with the profession and other stakeholders. This spring we will be holding a series of facilitated in-person and webcast discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities of lawyer licensing.

Discussion groups are scheduled to run from April through June, in Hamilton, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Thunder Bay and Sudbury. Each discussion group will focus on one of the following four topics: The Need For Change; Market Dynamics and the Lawyer Profession; Licensing Examinations: Assessment of Entry-level Competence; and Transitional Training.

We encourage you to participate in the Dialogue on Licensing. Stay up-to-date by joining the mailing list.

Lawyer Licensing Process in Ontario

The purpose of the lawyer licensing process is to ensure that candidates can provide legal services effectively and in the public interest. Professional competence is achieved through a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities and judgment. To be called to the Bar of Ontario, candidates must complete the following mandatory components:

Barrister Licensing Examination & Solicitor Licensing Examination


Articling Program


Law Practice Program


Good Character Requirement

Call to the Bar of Ontario (Become Licensed)