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More Information (For Candidates)

All qualified Candidates who notify the LSUC that they wish to participate in the LPP, and pay the required LSUC licensing fees, will be invited to register for the program.

In order to participate in all components of the LPP (i.e. training component and work placement), appropriate documentation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be filed with the LPP.  You are personally responsible for obtaining such documentation from the relevant Canadian government agency or office. This documentation must confirm your proof of legal name and be valid for the duration of the LPP (August 2017 to April 2018).

Note: You will not be able to begin the LPP in August without the relevant documentation.

The LPP is a rigorous and intensive program; full-time commitment, dedication and focus is expected. Candidates are expected to be available and prepared to work during business hours.

To participate in the 2017-18 session of the LPP, NCA students must have completed and passed all NCA requirements and filed with the LSUC a Certificate of Qualification before the LPP begins in August.

The LPP  works hard to find a qualifying placement for every Candidate. LPP Candidates are hired by employers into a work placement for the second half of the program (January – April) through our placement process. The LPP also encourages Candidates, if they are interested in a particular type of placement, to identify and arrange the placement with the cooperation of the LPP Work Placement Office. The LPP reviews Candidates’ progress during the placement.

We work hard to find a placement, and a paid placement, for all Candidates. Our goal and priority is to have all work placements be paid, recognizing that the pay range will vary across organizations and in different areas of the Province.

To facilitate a mutually rewarding experience, input and preference information regarding the placements will be obtained from both Candidates and work placement partners to assist in the placement process.

If a Candidate has a possible placement, they are encouraged to notify the LPP Work Placement Office. We will work together with the Candidate to ensure that the organization qualifies to provide a work placement.

At present, all Candidates are expected to complete the work placement between January and April.

Our goal is to ensure Candidates succeed in developing the skills and competencies required to meet the licensing requirements of the LSUC. From the beginning, Candidates will be divided into “firms” of approximately four members and will work through case files virtually (with the exception of three weeks, when mandatory in-person attendance is required at Ryerson University). Each firm will be mentored through the four months by a practicing lawyer/Mentor. The training component is a simulated work experience within a Virtual Law Firm.

Firm members will be actively involved in practice tasks designed to develop the following skills: ethics and professionalism; oral and written communications; analysis; research; client management and practice management. In addition to regular weekly virtual meetings with the mentor/senior partner, the “firm” will be required to open and work through client files (independently and as a group) in the areas of wills and estates, real estate, business law, administrative law, family law, criminal law and civil litigation. Successful completion of files in each area is required.

Candidates will take simulated files from start to finish, including interviewing, drafting, researching, determining the approach, negotiating, arguing motions and key parts of trials and conducting business and real estate transactions. They will manage clients and time, and meet deadlines.

The LPP strongly recommends Candidates complete both the Barrister and Solicitor examinations prior to beginning the LPP, although they are not required to do so. Candidates who plan to write one or both in November will be permitted the day away from the LPP to write the exam(s), but no additional time “off” for studying will be available.

Please also note that some of our work placement employers have stipulated that they will only accept applications from Candidates who have already completed both the barrister and solicitor exams.

No, LPP Candidates do not need to complete the LSUC’s online Professional Responsibility course since the Professionalism and Ethics competency is satisfied during the LPP Training Component.

LPP Candidates must arrange to be in Toronto for mandatory, in-person programming at Ryerson University on the following dates (scheduling will be between 8 AM and 9 PM EST, with details to follow) for 2017-18:

August 21, 2017 – August 25, 2017

October 10, 2017 – October 13, 2017

December 11, 2017 – December 15, 2017

**Note that an introductory virtual (and recorded) webcast to be held prior to the August in-person week will be confirmed.

The progress of the LPP Candidates will be monitored throughout the online and practical portions of the course. Candidates will have ample opportunity for feedback, prior to assessed evaluations. Each four-month component will be individually assessed on a pass/fail basis.

LPP Candidates will be considered full-time non-degree Ryerson students, receive a Ryerson student number, a Ryerson email and have access to some services available to other Ryerson students.

If you are a Candidate who requires disability-related accommodations during the LPP, please contact us to, confidentially, discuss your requirements as soon as possible. It is in your best interests to register officially at Ryerson by July 31, particularly as the LPP requires Candidates to complete timed assignments and extra time can only be provided after registration. Please know that your registration is confidential and voluntary, you can discontinue at any time.

You may contact Lee Mendelsohn-LiVolsi, Academic and Records Coordinator.

416-979-5000 ext. 3376 or lee.mendelsohn@ryerson.ca.

Please contact the LPP directly (lpp@ryerson.ca) to request your Confirmation of Enrollment letter.

We will be updating our website frequently and invite you to visit back regularly. In addition, for specific questions, contact lpp@ryerson.ca or (416) 979-5000 ext 3024.