For students, completing the program gives them the assurance they are truly ready to manage the daily tasks, pressures and challenges that lawyers may face while practicing law — not just the legal tasks, but also the business aspects and “people” skills needed to succeed.
The program contributes to building the public trust that lawyers are indeed ready to practice and have proven themselves competent in challenging simulations developed to reflect the real-world challenges in the legal profession.
The program runs from August until April, and the weekly time investment varies by student. We estimate that each assignment or competency evaluation requires a commitment of about 12 to 15 hours. Each online module is three weeks in duration.
The employer or the student may pay for the tuition, but the employer is under no obligation to cover the costs.
A competency-based approach focuses on demonstrating skills required as an entry-level lawyer, rather than on achieving specific grades or putting in a particular number of hours.
The public trusts that lawyers will not only know the law, but will have the skills, practical knowledge, and experience to help them resolve their issues and problems. A competent entry-level lawyer should be able to meet this expectation.
To ensure consistent standards across the provinces, the CPLED Program is based on a competency profile for an entry level practitioner.
Applicants for admission to the legal profession must demonstrate that they have the core skills and knowledge necessary to practice law competently.
If this happens a supplemental competency evaluation is required. If a student receives a grade of “competency not yet demonstrated” in more than three competency evaluations, that student must repeat the CPLED Program. If a student fails to demonstrate competency on a supplemental competency evaluation, that evaluation is re-marked by a different evaluator. If, after the re-mark a student still has not achieved competency, the student must return to the CPLED Program the following year to repeat the module(s) in which they were unsuccessful.
You can and then apply to transfer back to the province where you are practising.
You can’t start CPLED without an articling position.