Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional

Development

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHANGES FOR 2016

Council of the Law Society has approved amendments to the requirements on continuing professional development which will take effect on January 1, 2016.

Highlights of changes for 2016 include:

  1. Online interactive programs may qualify for credit.
  2. Activities that focus on work-life balance and wellness principles for lawyers may qualify for credit.
  3. New Application Forms for Accreditation of Activities and Teaching.

Please see the Requirements for 2016 and Appendix “A” for additional information.

REQUIREMENTS

All practising members of the Society must complete and report at least 12 approved CPD hours by December 31 each year.  Lawyers may claim up to 2 credits each year for self-study.  The Society recommends that each member complete 50 hours of self-study each year. See the Rules on Mandatory Continuing Professional Development and the current Requirements for complete information.

What types of programs qualify for credit?

Lawyers may request approval for courses, online interative programs, writing, study groups, local bar and other meetings with an educational purpose, and for teaching.  In order to qualify for credit, the subject matter must deal exclusively with substantive law, procedural law, professional ethics, practice management or lawyering skills.  If a course or another type of activity includes subject matter that does not meet the requirements, only the portion of the activity that meets the subject matter requirements will qualify for accreditation.

What types of activities do not qualify for credit?

Activities that are focused on firm marketing and profit maximization will not be accredited.

Activities and topics focused primarily at clients and pro-bono activities will not qualify for credit.