The Law Society of Upper Canada has embarked on a province-wide discussion to inform the development of an appropriate, sustainable licensing system for lawyers.
Starting in the Spring of 2017, the Law Society conducted a series of facilitated discussions about the challenges and opportunities facing lawyer licensing.
Convocation decided to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the lawyer licensing process following its review, in 2016, of the Pathways Pilot Project, including the Law Practice Program and enhancements to the Articling Program.
Those looking to participate can access the process at www.lsucdialogue.ca
This consultation process and review of the lawyer licensing process will take place over many months and perhaps years and the Bar will have much opportunity to provide their input. For its first submission to this process, FOLA chose to provide a higher-level statement of "principles" as a basis for future discussion and dialogue. We stated in our submission that:
FOLA maintains its position that all efforts should be made to remove any barriers that might prevent or disadvantage certain segments of the population, but these efforts to remove barriers cannot diminish the high standards demanded of access to the profession. Standards of competence and integrity must remain the impetus behind the design and implementation of the Licensing System, as it is only well educated, well trained and well-prepared lawyers that serve the interest of the public.