Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP), now in its fourth year, has a 100-per-cent placement rate securing four-month work placement opportunities for law school graduates.
But André Bacchus, the program’s assistant director, tells AdvocateDaily.com Ryerson is constantly searching for new opportunities to allow candidates the chance to gain hands-on legal experience.
“Historically, there were some work environments that didn’t have strong participation in articling placements,” including in-house legal departments as well as small and sole practices “where they found that the 10-month articling stint was too long,” he says.
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.”
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.”
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.”…
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).
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!