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    9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.
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    Friday, November 30th 2018
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    Wednesday, January 23 2019
    12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
    McMaster Student Centre - Room 311
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    Wednesday, February 6th 2019
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre
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    Wednesday, March 6th 2019
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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HLA Submission to LSO re. Licensing

Oct 17, 2018
This submission 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


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.