Welcome to the online application for the Lawyer Licensing Process.
This application, the application fee and the required supporting documentation must be submitted by December 2, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T., or a late filing fee will be applied.
This is the first of a two-part application process for admission to the Bar of Ontario. 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. The application fee can be paid online or sent to the Accounts Office of the Law Society.
Prior to applying, applicants must read the webpage entitled “Completing the Lawyer Licensing Process Application” for directions on how to complete both parts of the application process, the Lawyer Licensing Policies, as well as the Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol for additional procedural information. The information will also 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.
Candidates who wish to write a Licensing Examination in the 2017-18 licensing cycle (June 2017, November 2017 or March 2018) should apply by this deadline. An earlier sitting held in March 2017 is available on the application for applicants who graduate in time and apply and become registered prior to the registration deadline. Please note that candidates who choose to write the early sitting held in March 2017 belong to an earlier licensing cycle (2016-17) and shall only have 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 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:
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 Upper Canada?
Please Contact the Licensing and Accreditation Department and do not proceed with the online application.