2019 07-18

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program a recipe for success ||

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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2019 06-21

Simulations give LPP candidates valuable experience: 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

Alexandris says those key competencies are professionalism and ethics,

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2018 11-27

Creating business plans readies LPP candidates for practice|

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 “The legal profession needs to deliver services the way consumers need, not the way we’ve historically provided them.”

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2018 09-21

A new approach to law | Ryerson Today

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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2018 09-18

Employers reap rewards of Ryerson LPP’s work-ready candidates |

The work placement portion of Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) gives employers access to a group of work-ready candidates eager to make an impression, says André Bacchus, the program’s assistant director.

The four-month placement makes up the second half of the LPP, hot on the heels of the practical training component, which sees candidates running their own virtual law firm in seven areas of law — administrative, business,

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2018 09-01

Emotional Intelligence and Lawyers—an Old New Frontier | ABA Law Practice Today

Listen to Podcast – RL 103: Gina Alexandris — Legal Education and How to Manage Transition Out of Law

The call was for articles about “the new and the next in legal”—what are the new frontiers in law going to be? While my mind initially raced with thoughts of AI, cybersecurity, processes, bitcoin, privacy… I then paused. And I thought of what I was working on at that very moment.

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2018 07-18

Ryerson’s LPP cultivates confidence, legal skills –

The 2017-18 cohort of the Ryerson University Law Practice Program (LPP) was celebrated at a recent gathering, where many expressed gratitude for what they learned and experienced during the term, says LPP director Gina Alexandris.

“The program really had an impact on people and they wanted to tell us about it and about how confident they felt going into the workplace,” she tells

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2018 06-04

Podcast – Sean Robichaud meets with the Law Practice Program –


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Recognizing a need for alternative pathways for graduated law students to successfully advance to lawyers, the Law Society launched the Law Practice Program in 2014. The initiative was bold and met with controversy among the bar. Many saw the program as redundant, substandard, and exacerbating the problem of unemployment among recently called lawyers.

In only 3 short years,

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2018 05-14

André Bacchus featured in The Inclusive Leaders Showcase 2018 – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ontario

Today’s #InclusiveLeader is @andrebbacchus! Known for helping spearhead Ryerson’s Law Practice Program @RULPP & assisting racialized and marginalized groups with career planning.

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