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How the Law Practice Program could transform the job market?

Fernando Garcia, the general counsel at Nissan Canada, doesn’t hire articling students. Nor does he plan to. His in-house department consists of five people — and only two are lawyers — so onboarding a law grad without much practical experience would derail his entire workflow. “The articling system,” explains Garcia, “has never worked well for small in-house departments.”

Simon Mortimer, Partner at Hicks Morley LLP

Want to land a great job? Take the Law Practice Program

It was four years ago, and Ryerson University had just announced that it would offer a new path to licensing in Ontario. Mortimer, a senior partner at Hicks Morley LLP, was skeptical that it could be as effective as articling.

But as he read up on the program, his attitude changed. “I was impressed by what Ryerson put together,” says Mortimer, “in particular, the fact that the program would focus on practical skills.”

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

Ryerson kicks off fourth year of Law Practice Program – AdvocateDaily.com

Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) wasted no time putting its fourth cohort year participants to work, says Chris Bentley, managing director of the Toronto-based program.

“They hit the ground running,”

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

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 fourth year, and we are building on a very successful first three 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.

Gina Alexandris

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program helps candidates ‘hit the ground running’

Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) helps creative thinkers and broad-minded lawyers-to-be thrive, says program director Gina Alexandris.

“I often advise candidates to ‘get comfortable with the uncomfortable,’” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Founded four years ago, the LPP is an interactive and innovative program for licensing stream candidates for whom traditional articling may not be the best fit.

“We are an option for those who want something quite different,” Alexandris says.

Marni Dicker

Think articling is the gold standard? Think again – Precedent Magazine

It’s been three years since the Law Practice Program (LPP), a new path to licensing offered at Ryerson University, accepted its first cohort of candidates. And yet, there are still doubters who think the program is, and always will be, worse than articling. To those skeptics, Marni Dicker, executive vice-president and general counsel at Infrastructure
Ontario, has one message: “You’re dead wrong.”…

CNIE 2017 Award

Congratulations to Ryerson’s Law Practice Program and its wonderful partners: The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and Interpersonal Skills Teaching Centre – Ryerson University.

On May 17th, 2017, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) announced that the team’s joint submission, Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP): Partnering to Creatively and Intentionally Leverage Conventional Tech for Changing Times, was the Winner of the 2017 CNIE-RCIE Award in the category of Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology (Non-Formal Learning Environments).

2017 NALP Annual Education Conference (April 18th-22th)

Follow @GinaAlexandris and @AndrebBacchus on Twitter as they will be attending the 2017 NALP Annual Education Conference in San Francisco, California from April 18th-22th. Follow them on their Twitter to see how you can connect with them!

Info Sessions 2017

Interested in participating in the Ryerson’s Law Practice Program for 2017 or just want to learn more? Register for one or both information sessions. You can catch us at the following upcoming events in-person!

Training Lawyers Online: The Development and Launch of Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program

How do you develop and deliver consistent, effective lawyer licensing training to law graduates situated across a province (and perhaps a country), incorporating large numbers of lawyers, similarly situated across a province, in subject matter expert, mentor and assessor roles? This was exactly the challenge that Ryerson University undertook in 2014 when it was awarded a contract by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) to develop and deliver the Law Practice Program (LPP), an eight month experiential training program for licensing candidates that includes four months of ‘online’ learning and four months of an in-person work placement.