Licensing Examinations

The Licensing Examinations consist of a self-study open-book Barrister Examination and a self-study open-book Solicitor Examination. The competencies tested are those required for entry level practice, that have the most direct impact on the protection of the public and that influence an effective and ethical practice.

The requirements to be eligible to write the Licensing Examinations as a Licensing Process candidate are as follows:

  • Graduation from a common law program, approved by the Law Society, in a university in Canada; or Certificate of Qualification issued by the National Committee on Accreditation appointed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Committee of Canadian Law Deans;
  • Payment of all required fees.

The Barrister Examination assesses competencies in the following categories: Ethical and Professional Responsibilities; Knowledge of the Law (Ontario and Federal Legislation and Case Law); Establishing and Maintaining the Barrister-Client Relationship; Problem/Issue Identification, Analysis, and Assessment; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Litigation Process; and Practice Management Issues.

The Solicitor Examination assesses competencies in the following categories: Ethical and Professional Responsibilities; Knowledge of the Law (Ontario and Federal Legislation, Case Law, Policy, Procedures, and Forms); Establishing and Maintaining the Solicitor-Client Relationship; Fulfilling the Retainer; and Practice Management Issues.

Each examination is seven (7) hours in length. The Law Society will provide you with access to the necessary online materials, to study for the licensing examinations. You will be permitted to print, mark the materials and bring them to the examination testing area. If you bring your materials with you to the examination testing area, you will not be permitted to leave with these materials. Any materials you bring to the examination testing area will remain in the room.

Please note: No updates will be posted within 1 business day before an exam.

Please see the below Licensing Examination Orientation Video for information about the Licensing Examinations.

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Licensing Examination Orientation Video Transcript