is in response to the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO’s) call for feedback on lawyer licensing, arising from the paper LSO Licensing Consultation Paper
. The consultation paper discusses and evaluates four proposed options for lawyer licensing:
• Option 1: Current Model
• Option 2: Current Model with Enhancements
• Option 3: Examination-Based Licensing
• Option 4: LPP/PPD for All Candidates
READ HLA SUBMISSION
While there are opportunities to improve the current system of lawyer licensing in the province, we believe that maintaining a system that includes experiential training is essential. It ensures the LSO can meet its mandate to produce competent and effective lawyers that work in the best interest of the public.
Our Approach to this Submission
The Hamilton Law Association (HLA) has considered its response to the LSO’s discussion paper carefully, given the importance of shaping the future of legal education in Ontario. This submission captures the thoughts and feedback from HLA members through two streams:
• A member-wide survey
• Interviews with articling principals and LPP/PPD mentors from firms in Hamilton
The Board of The HLA have also reviewed this submission. Through this approach, we have attempted to provide feedback, primarily from the lens of firms, who are integral to the process of lawyer licensing but were less represented in the consultation paper.