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Outreach, Conferences and Consultation

We have been meeting continuously with law associations, lawyers, law firms, businesses, governments, clinics and other agencies. A few of the more formal presentations already made or upcoming include the following:

2016 Dates

    April – NALP Annual Education Conference – “A Practical Approach to Licensing For the 21st Century Lawyer”

2015 Dates

    April – NALP Annual Education Conference – Canadian Section Meeting
    June – Ottawa Round Table Meeting
    June –

Inside the first year of the LPP

In early January, Joshua D’Cunha started to get nervous. Having just finished the four months of mostly online coursework that makes up the first half of the Law Practice Program (LPP) at Ryerson University, the 27-year-old was about to begin his second half: a four-month work placement at Infrastructure Ontario. While he felt confident that the coursework set him up for success, he was anxious about his future.

LPP Year 1

Joshua D’Cunha feels pretty pumped about landing a full-time job at Infrastructure Ontario as legal counsel. The University of Windsor Faculty of Law grad found his way to the legal department of 32 lawyers this past spring after completing Ryerson University’s inaugural Law Practice Program — the first cohort to come through the Law Society of Upper Canada’s three-year pilot project aimed at providing an alternative route to traditional articling.  “I really love the work,

Big change in legal education: Ryerson’s Law Practice Program

“We need to train lawyers for a 21st century justice system, not a 19th century justice system,” says Chris Bentley, executive director of the English Law Practice Program (LPP) at Ryerson University.

The legal profession suffers from the “momentum of inertia,” he says, a favourite line he borrowed from one of his law school professors in the 1970s.

A new legal ecosystem

When the Law Practice Program (LPP) was launched at Ryerson last year, the goal was to change one of the most change-resistant professions in Canada. Created for law school graduates as an alternative to the traditional pathway of articling, the LPP offers them first-hand experience in all facets of the legal profession.

The Law School Show (Episode 35) – News and Reviews about the Law Practice Program with André Bacchus

Following the completion of the inaugural LPP class, Assistant Director, Work Placement Office, André Bacchus, discusses feedback from students and employers, hire-back rates, job placements and what is in store next for the LPP.

To tune in: The Law School Show (Episode 35) – News and Reviews about the Law Practice Program with André Bacchus

Upcoming lawyers lead innovation session

I recently took part in an inspiring event featuring candidates in the Law Practice Program (LPP) at Ryerson University presenting ideas about how legal services could be delivered in the future to promote greater access to justice.

Law Students Impress the Jury

Is it possible to improve the justice system? This is the question that the Ryerson Law Practice Program seeks to answer by generating innovative thinking about access to the law, and new approaches to the legal system. This was also the challenge faced by LPP students on December 17, when they offered proposals for a fairer and more efficient legal process at the Access to Justice Innovation Challenge.

The Law School Show (Episode 8) André Bacchus: Unpacking the Law Practice Program

An interview with André Bacchus, Assistant Director, LPP Work Placement Office, Ryerson University. Topics of the conversation include the mandate of the LPP, the curriculum, work placements through the LPP Program and student feedback thus far. This is an insightful episode for current and future LPP Candidates.

To tune in: The Law School Show (Episode 8) – André Bacchus: Unpacking the Law Practice Program

Ontario Lawyers Help Shape Ryerson’s Law Practice Program

Is it possible to improve the justice system? This is the question that the Ryerson Law Practice Program seeks to answer by generating innovative thinking about access to the law, and new approaches to the legal system. This was also the challenge faced by LPP students on December 17, when they offered proposals for a fairer and more efficient legal process at the Access to Justice Innovation Challenge.