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Five Years of the LPP – Public Report

LPP Submission to LSO – October 26th, 2018

About Ryerson's LPP

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the first of its kind in Ontario. Equivalent to articling the LPP is an innovative, 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 Ontario (LSO) 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.

In just 5 years over 1100 law school graduates have successfully completed the LPP.

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Thank You From the LPP

(Work placement employers, mentors, assessors, curriculum developers)

Our Employers Have Said…

Message from the Managing Director

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 Ontario (LSO), the Profession’s regulator, to provide a route to licensing for lawyers in Ontario. This is the LPP’s sixth year, and we are building on a very successful first five years.

The Ryerson 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.

The Ryerson LPP Team works with the LSO, 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 2019-2020 Ryerson LPP.

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

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Ryerson’s Law Practice Program a recipe for success || AdvocateDaily.com

July 18, 2019

Andre Bacchus

Andre Bacchus

Hands-on experience is the main reason law school graduates are drawn to Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP), says André Bacchus, assistant director of the LPP’s work placement program.

“When interviewing candidates, we ask why they are interested in our offering, and the answer we hear repeatedly is, ‘I want to be able to experience what it’s like to be a lawyer, and to work in different areas of law because I’m not sure what type of law I’d like to practice,’”…

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Simulations give LPP candidates valuable experience: Alexandris | AdvocateDaily.com

June 21, 2019

Gina Alexandris

Gina Alexandris

By embracing innovative approaches and new methods of communications, Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) gives law school graduates the training they need to be successful, says program director Gina Alexandris.

“As a pathway to licensing in Ontario, we’re not focused on substantive law, but instead on the skills and competencies that allow new lawyers to hit the ground running,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Alexandris says those key competencies are professionalism and ethics, research, analysis, communication (both oral and written), client management and practice management.

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Creating business plans readies LPP candidates for practice| AdvocateDaily.com

November 27, 2018

Chris Bentley - Managing Director of Ryerson's Law Practice Program

Chris Bentley

Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) aims to better bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law by having candidates create a solid business plan, says Chris Bentley, director of the Toronto-based program.

“From the beginning of their training, we want the candidates to start thinking in a different way,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com. “The legal profession needs to deliver services the way consumers need, not the way we’ve historically provided them.”

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A new approach to law | Ryerson Today

September 21, 2018

Stephanie Jules, Law Practice Program graduate

Stephanie Jules, Law Practice Program graduate

When Stéphanie Jules enrolled in Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP), the downtown firms seemed a long way away. Despite graduating from McGill University’s law school, the legal world was hard to enter.

“The LPP was recommended to me by a recruiter who was disappointed to see my potential not recognized by the big firms for a traditional articling experience—which is unfortunately the case for many racialized lawyers,” says Jules.

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Get in Touch

For questions and inquiries about the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University,
feel free to contact us at lpp@ryerson.ca