The LSO has concluded their consultions on their four options for the lawyer licensing process. Comments from the professions, candidates and the public were due on October 26, 2018. You can find more information on the LSO Dialogue on Licensing website.
During the consultation period, FOLA conducted conference calls and circulated a survey. Results can be found in Schedule A that accompanied FOLA's Submission to the LSO. Thank you to all who responded!
In 2017, The Law Society of Ontario embarked on a province-wide discussion to inform the development of an appropriate, sustainable licensing system for lawyers.
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.
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 (found below) 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.
NOTE: We ask that any Association who sent a submission independently, forward a copy to Katie.Robinette@fola.ca so that we can post that here.