Application for Admission to the 2020-2021 Lawyer Licensing Process

Welcome to the online application for the Ontario Lawyer Licensing Process.

Both parts of this application process, the application fee and the required supporting documentation must be received by the Law Society by December 2, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T., or a late filing fee will be applied to your account.

This is the first of a two-part application process for admission to the Ontario Lawyer Licensing Process. Part I is to be completed online. Part II requires you to print and mail the completed application with the supporting documentation, all duly commissioned or notarized, to the Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society of Ontario. The application fee must be paid online by credit card or by sending a certified cheque or money order to the Accounts Office by the deadline.

Prior to applying, please read the following information which will provide you with a thorough understanding of the application process, how to submit the application and the schedule and choices that you need to make:

Before you can begin the Experiential Training requirement, ensure that your application to the Lawyer Licensing Process is complete. For additional information about the requirements that have to be met before proceeding with your experiential training selection, refer to the path that you plan to take to fulfil this requirement (Articling, Law Practice Program, or Exemption).

Additional date information can also be found on the “Dates to Remember” page. Candidates who wish to write a Licensing Examination in the 2020-21 licensing cycle (June 2020, November 2020 or March 2021) should apply by this deadline. An earlier sitting held in March 2020 is available on the application for applicants who graduate in time, apply, and become registered prior to the registration deadline. Please note that candidates who choose to write the early sitting held in March 2020 belong to an earlier licensing cycle (2019-20) and therefore shall have only two full subsequent licensing cycles in which to complete their licensing requirements, instead of three.

Following the application deadline, applications may still be filed; however, a late filing fee will be applied for processing. It is recommended that you apply by the deadline, as a late application may delay your eligibility to obtain study materials and write the Licensing Examinations. All deadlines refer to business days, not calendar days (see the “definitions” section of the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies).

If you are a lawyer licensed to practise law in any province within Canada, you should first refer to the following section on requirements for admission to the Ontario Bar:

Mobility and Inter-jurisdictional Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have any content-related questions while applying online, please contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department.

To begin your online application to the Lawyer Licensing Process, you will need:

 

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Have you previously applied to any Lawyer Licensing Process or Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Ontario?

Please Contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department and do not proceed with the online application.