About Ryerson’s LPP

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the first of its kind in Ontario. It’s an innovative alternative to traditional articling through a 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 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.

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

Who We Are

Chris Bentley

Managing Director, LPP

Prior to retiring from politics in 2013, Chris Bentley served for almost 10 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for London West. He held several cabinet posts, including Attorney General for Ontario. Chris practised criminal and labour law for over 20 years, taught part-time at Western’s Law School, was the first Chairperson of Neighbourhood Legal Services of London and Middlesex, and authored a practice manual for criminal law. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s level Diploma in Legal Studies from Cambridge University.

Avner Levin

Academic Director, Ryerson Law Centre

Dr. Avner Levin is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, the Chair of the Law and Business Department at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Director of the Law Research Centre and Privacy Institute. His research interests include the legal regulation and protection of privacy and personal information in various sectors across jurisdictions, both within Canada and internationally.

Gina Alexandris

Gina Alexandris

Senior Program Director, LPP

Gina Alexandris is an experienced lawyer and adult educator. She developed and directed the award-winning Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and spent more than 12 years with Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, first as director of career services, followed by nine years as the assistant dean of student services. Most recently, Gina was the director, strategic planning and knowledge management for the Legal Services Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.

André Bacchus

André B. Bacchus

Assistant Director, WPO, LPP

Prior to joining the LPP, André Bacchus was the Director of Professional Development at Heenan Blaikie LLP where he was responsible for all aspects of the Toronto office’s associate and student programs, as well as managing the office’s orientation, continuing legal education, mentoring, and review programs. Following his legal studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, André was admitted to the New York State Bar and worked as an Associate with the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Upon returning to Toronto, André worked as a Recruitment Manager for Robert Half Legal and also served as the Director of Career Services at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Candidates Have Said

  • “I would just like to express my gratitude for the knowledge I have gained so far in this program…. I just wanted to write to say that we are all retaining more than we aware of. Thank you.”

    LPP Candidate, 2014-15
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  • “I have learned more in the last four months than I have in three years of law school. I am very grateful for the learning experience and job opportunities you provided us with. …[My] LPP experience [has] surpassed my expectations.”

    LPP Candidate, 2014-15
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  • “Honestly speaking, the four months of training I received from the LPP has really helped me transition into the work placement position. The Training Component was very realistic in terms of the real world and what articling students are expected to do.”

    LPP Candidate, 2014-15

Employers Have Said

  • “This program is the future…. This is the way the profession should be going.”

    LPP Employer, 2014-15
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  • “Very happy! He got off to a running start, we had a number of projects waiting for him and he has risen to the challenge – absolutely great skills.”

    LPP Employer, 2014-15
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  • “Right there with my first year associates, no limitations…”

    LPP Employer, 2014-15

Our Team

Corporate Counsel Advisory Board

Fernando Garcia (General Counsel at Nissan Canada

Fernando Garcia

Judy Naiberg

Julia Shin Doi

Julia Shin Doi

Jolie Lin

Leigh Lampert

Lynn Korbak

Marni Dicker

Michelle Moldofsky

Stephen Scholtz



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