Paralegal Candidate Supports

The following supports are available to candidates who are registered in the Law Society’s Licensing Process:

Accommodations

Candidates may request accommodation in the Lawyer Licensing Process or the Paralegal Licensing Process based on a condition that arises from an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. The Law Society can provide accommodations to candidates for the Licensing Examinations and, for Lawyer Licensing Process candidates, for the Call to the Bar ceremony. Candidates seeking accommodation must review the Law Society’s Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. Additional information about Accommodations, including information regarding how to make a request, can be found on the Accommodations page.

 

Monthly Payment Plan

The Monthly Payment Plan allows candidates to pay their licensing fees in four equal monthly installments over a prescribed four month span:

Monthly Payment Plan Application Form (PDF)

 

Tutoring

The Law Society provides access to tutoring from experienced members of the profession for those candidates who have been unsuccessful with the Licensing Examinations. Additional information for candidates and Tutors can be found on the Tutoring page.

 

Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Service

As part of the Law Society of Upper Canada's efforts to enable equity and diversity in the workplace and the profession, and to help stop discrimination and harassment, the Law Society provides a Discrimination and Harassment Counsel service free-of-charge to the Ontario public, lawyers and paralegals. The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or paralegal.

 

Member Assistance Program

The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is provided by Homewood Health to all lawyers, paralegals, law students, and judges in Ontario, as well as their family members. It is a fully confidential service funded by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

 

Immigrant Access Fund (IAF)

If you are an internationally trained immigrant in another country and have recently immigrated to Canada, the IAF loan may assist you financially with your licensing fees. Please visit the Immigrant Access Fund website for more information.