About Ryerson's LPP

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the first of its kind in Ontario. It’s an innovative alternative to traditional articling through a rigorous and demanding eight-month program combining on-line training and experiential learning with a hands-on work term. Ryerson works with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the legal community, including a strategic alliance with the Ontario Bar Association, to deliver a dynamic program that prepares Law School graduates to succeed in their legal practice and careers.

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Message from the Executive Director

Welcome Candidates to Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP)!

August 22, 2016


Welcome Candidates to Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP)! We are delighted that you have chosen this path. Ryerson has been chosen by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the Profession’s regulator, to provide a route to licensing for lawyers in Ontario. This is the LPP’s third year, and we are building on a very successful first two years.

Ryerson’s LPP will help you develop the skills necessary for entry to the Profession through a combination of four months of skills training and four months of work placement. The LPP starts with the best that experiential, practitioner-led training can provide. The Ryerson approach is to use that strong foundation to deliver an innovative, entrepreneurial program that will better position you to succeed in a challenging profession on the eve of change.

Ryerson’s LPP Team works with the LSUC, we have a strategic alliance with the Ontario Bar Association, and we are working with numerous associations and organizations in continuously improving the program. Almost 200 practitioners were involved in developing and delivering the program last year, and we expect even more will be part of this exciting year. We look to members of the profession to help you succeed in your future with them.

Society is changing, and the practice of law will, and must, change with it. Technology has forever changed the world around us by blurring jurisdictional boundaries, altering timelines, and making what was once thought impossible now the expected. The consumer revolution has reshaped many businesses and professions. The best training begins with the best that time and tradition can offer. You must develop the strong foundation of traditional skills. However, these fundamental skills must evolve to meet the challenges of the future. Your future success requires that you not only prepare for and be ready to adapt to change, but even more that you be able to take advantage of it.

You have worked long and hard to reach this point. Many of you will be thinking that this is the home stretch, the last part of the journey to your call to the Bar. It is that, but it is also the eve of the start of your journey in the profession.

You have chosen the LPP, a path that is relatively new. Leaders are those who chart their own course, not merely follow the path created by others. You are already leaders. Our Profession needs your leadership. Society needs your leadership. We wish you a great year ahead. Welcome to the 2016-2017 LPP.

Chris Bentley, on behalf of Ryerson’s Law Practice Program Team.


The Ryerson University Community

Latest News

Pathways Report – Submission by Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP)

October 19, 2016

The LSUC should take the opportunity to continue the LPP for at least an additional 2 years. It should benefit from the strong results and strengthened training that will continue with the LPP. Ryerson has been pleased to contribute to the Profession, will continue to do so, and would be pleased to continue to do so via delivery of the LPP.

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“In Defence of The Law Practice Program” – Jordan Furlong (Slaw)

October 5, 2016

Jordan Furlong
Jordan Furlong, Principal, Law21

“The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Professional Development and Competence Committee has released a report that recommends ending the Law Practice Program (LPP), an alternative pathway to licensing lawyers in Ontario, only two years into its pilot project term. The governing Benchers of the law society will vote on the committee’s recommendation on Nov. 9.”

Email your comments to the PD&C Committee by ***October 19th 2016*** at:

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On the job training a key benefit to Ryerson’s Law Practice Program

September 29, 2016

The LPP inspires candidates and employers to explore new trends and perspectives of practising law.
Veronica Chail, asks candidates about their experiences in the LPP.

lpp_story_ninarawanaNina Rawna, New Senior Counsel for BMO Financial Group

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Law School Show – Ep. 72 – “The Future of the Law Practice Program (LPP)”

September 27, 2016

André Bacchus
André Bacchus, Assistant Director for LPP

Insight into the recommendation of the Law Society of Upper Canada, André Bacchus, Assistant Director in the LPP Work Placement office, describes with statistical support how the LPP has delivered success for its candidates and served the public preparing skilled lawyers.

If you have an opinion on the future of the LPP we urge you to share it with the LSUC before October 19, 2016, by emailing

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