If you missed Part I of this post, check it out here.
Yet Another Application Process
Becoming a lawyer in Ontario costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. There are many steps and lots of dollars that will flow from your pocket to the powers-that-be. This may seem critical, but it’s just a fact. It’s not cheap, but it is worthwhile if this is your chosen profession.
Continue reading “Foreign-Trained Lawyer Series: The Licensing Process, Part II”
You’ve successfully completed the NCA process. Congratulations!
Unfortunately, the bureaucracy doesn’t end there. The following post is going to discuss the licensing process in Ontario only. That is the only process with which I’m familiar because it’s the process that I went through. I will note, though, that once you’re called to the bar in one of the provinces, there is a streamlined process for practicing in other provinces, however, I have not explored that and will not do so here.
The Licensing Process
Lawyers in Canada are self-regulated, meaning that it is the lawyers themselves who govern entry into the profession and the rules by which we all practice. In Ontario, the Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) is the governing body for lawyers. All lawyers who are admitted to practice in Ontario must go through the licensing process, which includes sitting for the bar exam and articling. This is the same for foreign-trained lawyers, although you may not need to article depending on your practice experience in your home country. As a side note, the number of articling positions has steadily decreased over the last few years and the LSUC introduced the Law Practice Program as an alternative to articling. It is still a pilot project and has only been approved for another 2 years. I’m going to break this down over the next couple of posts because this will otherwise be a bit too daunting to read in one go.
The LSUC’s Expectations for New Lawyers
The purpose of the licensing process, according to the LSUC is:
. . . to ensure that candidates have demonstrated they possess the required entry-level competencies, in order to provide legal services effectively and in the public interest.
Seems straight-forward enough, right? Well, sort of. Continue reading “Foreign Trained Lawyer Series: The Licensing Process, Part I”
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
What will you do with the time you have?
I can’t believe 2016 is already over! I know a lot of people are happy that it’s done and gone, but I’m still trying to get my head around everything that’s happened.
In the spirit of the new year, though, I have made a resolution: to become more creative. I find that when I have some kind of creative hobby or project to look forward to I am a much happier person. AND, there is research to back this up. It has been awhile since I’ve made a concerted effort to be creative though. As I said, 2016 flew by in the blink of an eye and all of the “woulda-coulda-shouldas” that I thought there would be more time for have been left in its dust. So, I thought, I have to start today or it will never happen.
I filmed this little video above to get the ball rolling. I hope you like it!
Let me know what your resolutions are or how you plan to kick 2017’s ass!