Registration for the Spring offering of LRW is now closed.
Legal research and writing are fundamental skills required of practising lawyers in Canada. To help students better prepare for Bar admission we have developed a Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course that provides students with insights and best practices as well as an opportunity to apply their learnings throughout the course.
The LRW course is considered a useful tool by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in preparing students to write their NCA exams.
The LRW course is an eight-week course that consists of two online modules, with a multiple-choice quiz after each module and two assignments that include a research and writing component. Students must complete the first module, Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management before the second module, Written Communications: Legal Writing is released.
Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management
Clients do not come to their lawyer with clearly laid out legal issues. They come to their lawyer with a problem or a goal and expect their lawyer to apply knowledge and judgment to help. To do that, lawyers engage in fact-gathering, legal research, and case management.
These all form part of the process of providing solutions to clients. In this module, you will cover the following topics: fact gathering, legal research, case management and trial preparation in order to effectively solve problems for clients.
Written Communications Skills: Legal Writing
Communication skills are critically important to lawyers in all areas of practice. A poorly written or drafted document is not only a reflection on the competency of the lawyer who created it but may be the foundation for a potential lawsuit. Litigators, too, are judged by the quality of their writing. In this module, you will review the basics of legal writing, and how to write an opinion letter, an advocacy letter, and a retainer agreement.
Registration for the Spring 2021 offering closes on Friday, March 19, 2021.
- Create a CPLED Student Profile.
- Complete your Student Enrollment Checklist:
- Academic integrity sign off
Review the student user guide to you help you through the registration process.
Course tuition fees
$375 CAD + applicable taxes. The tuition fee payment is due by Friday, March 19, 2021.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Sunday, May 30, 2021.
Students who complete the LRW course, meet the admission requirements for the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) and subsequently register for PREP will be exempt from the following PREP Foundation Modules:
- Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management
- Written Communication Skills: Legal Writing