November 9, 2016
Today, the Law Society of Upper Canada, in Convocation, voted to extend the Law Practice Program for a further 2 years. They intend to take that time to further assess the pilot, and to develop a sustainable licensing process for all.
We are delighted with this news, and look forward to assisting the Profession, the Public, and the LSUC to develop an approach to licensing lawyers that protects and enhances the public interest, supports improvements in developing and determining competence, and is fair and sustainable.
To the many lawyers, advisors, mentors, and assessors who have been instrumental in designing, developing and delivering the LPP, thank you. To the Ontario Bar Association, our strategic alliance partner, and the many other organizations that support us, thank you.
To the employers who have given Candidates from a new program a chance to show what they can do, thank you. We need your continued support and advice as we move forward, and want to work with you to build an even better licensing system.
To our Candidates and Alumni, congratulations. You have faced many doubters and challenges over your legal journey, and have persevered. Leaders are those who chart their own course, not simply follow the course outlined by others. You have taken the LPP route to develop your skills, and to get the opportunity to show others what you can do. Every successful person had an opportunity to succeed.
To the Team here at Ryerson: LPP, Chang School and ISTC, congratulations. You took an idea, helped bring it to life, and have nurtured its development to have it recognized for the excellence it delivers. The future belongs to those who dare to succeed.
We look forward the future.
Chris Bentley, for the Team
Law Practice Program and Legal Innovation Zone