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Program Overview

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the first of its kind in Ontario. Equivalent to articling the LPP is an innovative, rigorous and demanding eight-month program combining on-line training and experiential learning with a hands-on work term. Ryerson works with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the legal community, including a strategic alliance with the Ontario Bar Association, to deliver a dynamic program that prepares Law School graduates to succeed in their legal practice and careers.

Who is Eligible?

Candidates in the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) licensing process who have completed a Juris Doctor (JD) from a recognized Canadian institution, or an equivalent degree as determined by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) through the completion of exams and receipt of a Certificate of Qualification for internationally trained lawyers. Candidates must also be eligible to work in Ontario.

How Does It Work?

4 Month Practical Training
(August – December)

  • Mondays to Fridays approximately 8AM – 6PM EST (Hours may vary)
  • Candidates work both individually and in “law firms” of 4 – supported by practicing lawyers
  • Interactive and experiential – learn by doing
  • Practical – files developed by practicing lawyers
  • Relevant – interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, prepare the client, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage the client and the practice

4 Month Work Placement
(January – April)

  • Mondays to Fridays approximately 8AM – 6PM EST (Hours may vary)
  • Candidates are trained to hit the ground running
  • Employers include major institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics and sole practitioners throughout Ontario
  • Practical – files developed by practicing lawyers
  • As a work placement employer you will be joining us on the leading edge of practical legal training

Does training have a typical day? No – just like practice.
Always expect the unexpected.

This Year’s Candidate Training Included 100+ Tasks

Argue Motion, Prepare for bail hearing, draft commercial contracts, docket time, client meeting, close residential real estate transaction, prepare bail submissions, draft powers of attorney, guilty plea & sentencing, draft statement of claim, draft agreement of purchase & sale, firm meeting, research immigration consequences, demand letter, argue administrative matter, conduct cross-examination, draft will, negotiate separation agreement, draft tribunal application, draft share purchase agreement, prepare defence motion, draft non-complete agreement, respond to client call form police station, draft statement of defence, mediation, prepare for LSUC audit, take law tech audit, open file

Business Plan

Every “firm” prepared a plan to set up the day after their Call. Business plans included 2 years of financial statements for submission to the Bank for money.

Intensive Trial Advocacy & Corporate Counsel Concentration

Sheila Block (Partner at Torys LLP) and Jim Seckinger (Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame) developed and delivered a 3 day Intensive Trial Advocacy Program with the support of 65 practitioners from various organizations.

Leading Corporate Counsel from major corporations provide training and advice on succeeding as and working with in-house counsel.

A2J Innovation Challenge

Each firm prepared a pitch to deliver a legal service faster, more efficient and more affordable. The best 7 then pitched before a panel of judges including legal and business experts.

A Day in the Life of an LPP Candidate

A Day in the Life of an LPP Candidate

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Thank You From the LPP to the Profession
(Work Placement Employers, Mentors, Assessors, Curriculum Developers)