Feedback CPLED received from their students highlighted the challenges they experienced balancing competing priorities between their Bar admission program and their articles. To address this concern and offer students and firms greater flexibility in selecting the program delivery style that best suits their needs, CPLED is adding a full-time version of the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP), called Accelerated PREP. Accelerated PREP is not replacing the nine-month concurrent program; it is an additional program intake.
CPLED first offered Accelerated PREP during the summer of 2021 to a small cohort of students. Firms reported students who participated in the inaugural offering arrived prepared and confident on day one of their articles. After the successful inaugural offering, CPLED is offering a soft launch of Accelerated PREP, with cohorts across all CPLED jurisdictions in the summer of 2022.
As part of CPLED’s commitment to excellence, it will limit Accelerated PREP registration for 2022, allowing for the delivery of a high-quality program that meets the needs and expectations of stakeholders. Enrolment will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. To promote a fair and transparent registration process, CPLED will not hold enrolment spaces for firms or students.
For this program soft launch to accurately represent the student demographics across CPLED jurisdictions, there is a limit of four cohorts of Alberta students and one cohort for each of the following CPLED jurisdictions: Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Cohorts consist of a maximum of 32 students each.
Accelerated PREP is a full-time 14-week compressed version of PREP delivered completely online. While enrolled in Accelerated PREP you must dedicate a full day of study (seven and a half hours) five days a week. Due to the program’s fast-paced nature and heavy workload, firms should not assign work while students complete the program; it also does not allow time for students to be absent or take breaks, such as a vacation while enrolled.
To be eligible for Accelerated PREP you must have your Canadian common law degree or your Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Secured articles are not required to participate in this program. However, please note the requirement for secured articles may change if your law society advises CPLED of a change.
Accelerated PREP will begin on May 30, 2022, and conclude on September 2, 2022.
- Program key dates (last updated June 7, 2022)
Due to the compressed nature of Accelerated PREP, it is not possible to accommodate students who fall behind in the program. If you happen to fall behind, you will be required to transfer to another PREP intake, and you will receive credit for the phases completed.
Registration closed May 20, 2022.
- Create a CPLED Student Profile
- Complete your Student Enrolment Checklist:
- Law degree information
- Articling/Clerking information- if you are articling (start date, name and location of your firm as well as the name and contact information of your Principal). If you have yet to secure articles, you must leave this section BLANK.
- Alternate email and phone number
- PREP information (questionnaire)
- Academic integrity sign off
- Emergency contact information
- Once your Student Enrolment Checklist is complete and your tuition fee payment is processed, you will receive your Procertas login information via email. Please note that it can take up to five business days to process your payment. Your D2L login information will be emailed approximately three weeks after registration has been confirmed.
You will not receive access to Procertas and/or D2L until your tuition fee payment has been processed.
- Complete your Procertas requirement and upload a record of completion to D2L to get access to the “Introduction to Foundation Modules” for PREP. To view detailed instructions on uploading your Procertas badges to D2L, click here. You must earn qualified or expert certification in Microsoft Word and at least one other module (Excel, PowerPoint, or Adobe Acrobat). If you have already earned your Procertas badge(s) in university or through other educational activities, you will still need to upload a record of your badges to D2L.
- Once you receive access to the “Introduction to Foundation Modules” in D2L, you will be required to watch the “PREP Orientation Video” and complete the “PREP Orientation Quiz” to gain access to the first Foundation Module, The Effective Lawyer.
The tuition fee for Accelerated PREP is $6,100, plus applicable taxes. There are two tuition fee payment options available:
- Full tuition fee payment due May 20, 2022, or
- Installment payments with $3,050, plus applicable taxes, are due on May 20, 2022, and $3,050, plus applicable taxes due on June 24, 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
Accelerated PREP is an online full-time 14-week program.
Accelerated PREP is a full-time program. You are required to dedicate a full day of study (seven and a half hours), five days a week. If you happen to fall behind in the schedule, you will need to catch up by extending your study day or working on the program over the weekend. During phases two and four, you are required to be in attendance and actively participating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) for large and small group activities, discussions, and interviews.
- Arrive prepared, confident, and ready to work on day one of your articles.
- Reduce competing priorities between your Bar admission program and articling.
- Your Principal can be confident that you can be assigned complex work knowing you have learned and practiced the lawyer competencies you need to contribute to your firm effectively.
The total program cost is $6,100, plus applicable taxes.
The employer or the student may pay for the tuition, but the employer is under no obligation to cover the costs.
To be eligible for Accelerated PREP, you must have your Canadian common law degree or your Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Secured articles are not required to participate in this program. However, please note the requirement for secured articles may change if your law society advises CPLED of a change.
CPLED is offering a soft launch of Accelerated PREP in 2022 to deliver a high-quality program that meets the needs and expectations of stakeholders.
As part of the soft launch of Accelerated PREP, CPLED is seeking to represent their student demographics across all CPLED jurisdictions accurately. Alberta, on average, has four times the number of students per year compared to the other CPLED jurisdictions. Therefore, CPLED is offering more cohorts in Alberta.
Yes, you can register and complete Accelerated PREP without a secured articling position. However, please note the requirement for secured articles may change if your law society advises CPLED of a change.
To be eligible for Accelerated PREP, you must have your Canadian common law degree or your Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
You are required to work on your PREP studies full-time, five days a week. Attendance is mandatory for the five-day Foundation Workshops (July 4 to 8, 2022) and the four-day Capstone (August 29 to September 1, 2022). You must dedicate a full day of study (seven and a half hours) five days a week. Due to the program’s fast-paced nature and heavy workload, firms should not assign work while students complete the program; it also does not allow time for students to be absent or take breaks, such as a vacation while enrolled. Accelerated PREP is demanding, and if you fall behind, you will be withdrawn and placed in another intake of PREP.
You must have a reliable high-speed internet connection along with a computer with a camera and microphone. You will be recording yourself and uploading assignments throughout the program. While materials can be accessed via tablets and smartphones, laptops are recommended when uploading recordings and assignments.
Final assessment results will be released approximately six weeks after the Capstone concludes.
If you are unsuccessful with achieving entry-level competence at your Capstone assessment, you will have an opportunity to reattempt the Capstone. Refer to the Capstone Policy for more information.