Legal research and writing are fundamental skills required for practising lawyers in Canada. To help students better prepare for their Bar admission program, 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 was designed in partnership with the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and is considered a valuable tool in preparing students to write their NCA exams.
The LRW course is a nine-week online course that consists of two modules, with a multiple-choice quiz after each module and four 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. The course is intended for students with prior legal training and/or experience in legal research and writing. Please note that this course is not a base-level introduction to legal research and writing.
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.
Upon completion of the LRW course, successful students will be able to:
- Conduct research using primary and secondary sources using tools such as LexisNexis
- Use appropriate citation
- Identify legal issues in a given fact scenario
- Identify relevant facts to support the issue to be researched
- Evaluate and interpret the applicability of legislation and case law to a given fact scenario
- Integrate research results with the facts and issues of the given fact scenario to develop a logical analysis
- Know how to use writing basics to express concepts with precision, logic and economy
- Use plain language
- Identify the proper audience for the form of legal writing being written
- Use appropriate structure and organization for the given document
- Compose a professional document that achieves its intended goal
- Apply the basics of legal writing by learning how to write an opinion letter, an advocacy letter, retainer agreement, legal brief and/or legal memorandum.
Proof of an Assessment Report from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Please note that CPLED can not guarantee admission to an LRW offering. Each offering is subject to capacity limits.
Upcoming Course Offerings
|Course Offering||Course Start Date||Registration Opens||Registration Deadline||Last Day of Course||Final Course Results Released|
|Fall 2023||September 20, 2023||August 9, 2023||September 6, 2023||November 22, 2023||December 19, 2023|
|Winter 2024||January 10, 2024||November 29, 2023||December 20, 2023||March 13, 2024||April 9, 2024|
|Spring 2024||April 3, 2024||February 14, 2024||March 20, 2024||June 5, 2024||July 3, 2024|
**Schedule is subject to change
Course Tuition Fee
CAD $450 + applicable taxes.
*Note the tuition fee is subject to change annually.
CPLED accepts online bill payments and wire transfers for the LRW course tuition fee. For more information on how to submit your tuition fee payment, visit the How Do I Register web page.
Below are key date documents for upcoming course offerings outlining the LRW course schedule.
Students who complete the LRW course and 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