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Notice of Focus Groups and Research Consultation for the Dialogue on Licensing

September 27, 2018  
Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario’s governing body, decided to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the lawyer licensing process following its 2016 review of the Pathways Pilot Project which included introduction of the Law Practice Program and enhancements to the Articling Program. The goal of this analysis is to formulate long-term recommendations for an appropriate and sustainable licensing system for lawyers in Ontario. In the spring of 2017, the Law Society engaged directly with the professions and stakeholders and held a series of facilitated in-person and webcast discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities of lawyer licensing. Drawing on those discussions and extensive research, the Law Society’s Professional Development and Competence Committee developed four options for pathways to licensure.

To continue the consultation with stakeholders, the Law Society has retained Strategic Communications Inc. (Stratcom) to conduct focus groups about the licensing process and the four options for licensure. As part of the consultation, Stratcom will be holding focus groups in Hamilton, London, Windsor, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa or Toronto. Law students, licensing candidates and practising lawyers are invited to participate in focus groups to talk about their experiences at law school, during the licensing process and while practising, as well as to provide input on the four options for pathways to licensure.

The focus groups will take place in October 2018. Reasonable, in-province travel expenses will be reimbursed and a light meal will be provided at the focus groups.

If you are a law student, a licensing candidate or a practising lawyer and are interested in participating in a focus group in Hamilton, London, Windsor, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa or Toronto, please click the link below to answer a few questions.

Please respond before 5:00 pm on October 3, 2018.

Only a small team of professional researchers at Stratcom will have access to individual responses. Stratcom is bound by federal privacy rules, regulations and standards imposed by Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Market Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA). The data gathered at the focus groups will be used in aggregate form only by Stratcom for reporting purposes.

Please note that not everyone who expresses interest in participating will be able to participate as space is limited. Researchers need to ensure they have a balanced mix of participants. If you are selected to participate, Stratcom will contact you by phone.

Your contribution to this project is important, and will assist the Committee in developing recommendations for Convocation’s consideration regarding lawyer licensing; we hope that you will consider participating.

For more information about the Dialogue on Licensing, please visit: