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 Upper Canada 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.

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Thank You From the LPP

(Work placement employers, mentors, assessors, curriculum developers)

Our Employers Have Said…

Message from the Executive Director

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program Extended!

November 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

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

Executive Director

Law Practice Program and Legal Innovation Zone

Ryerson University

Latest News

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program helps candidates ‘hit the ground running’

July 31, 2017

Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP) helps creative thinkers and broad-minded lawyers-to-be thrive, says program director Gina Alexandris.

“I often advise candidates to ‘get comfortable with the uncomfortable,’” she tells

Founded four years ago, the LPP is an interactive and innovative program for licensing stream candidates for whom traditional articling may not be the best fit.

“We are an option for those who want something quite different,” Alexandris says.

It combines a dynamic simulated work experience in its first half with a work term in the second…

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Think articling is the gold standard? Think again – Precedent Magazine

May 30, 2017

Marni Dicker

Marni Dicker General counsel at Infrastructure Ontario

It’s been three years since the Law Practice Program (LPP), a new path to licensing offered at Ryerson University, accepted its first cohort of candidates. And yet, there are still doubters who think the program is, and always will be, worse than articling. To those skeptics, Marni Dicker, executive vice-president and general counsel at Infrastructure
Ontario, has one message: “You’re dead wrong.”…

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CNIE 2017 Award

May 17, 2017

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Congratulations to Ryerson’s Law Practice Program and its wonderful partners: The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and Interpersonal Skills Teaching Centre – Ryerson University.

On May 17th, 2017, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) announced that the team’s joint submission, Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP): Partnering to Creatively and Intentionally Leverage Conventional Tech for Changing Times, was the Winner of the 2017 CNIE-RCIE Award in the category of Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology (Non-Formal Learning Environments).

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2017 NALP Annual Education Conference (April 18th-22th)

April 14, 2017

NALPANNUAL Education Conference

2017 NALPANNUAL Education Conference

Follow @GinaAlexandris and @AndrebBacchus on Twitter as they will be attending the 2017 NALP Annual Education Conference in San Francisco, California from April 18th-22th. Follow them on their Twitter to see how you can connect with them!

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