The new way to Bar admission
March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
Preparing young lawyers for successful practice requires knowledge of the law, combined with on the job training and mentorship. The Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) is a nine-month program that consists of four distinct phases, delivered online and at face-to-face sessions. PREP prepares young lawyers with practical legal knowledge and competencies needed to successfully practice law in Canada. On June 1 the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) is launching PREP, the new Bar admission program for Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
PREP offers learning in an integrated approach that combines interactive, transactional learning and simulation during the four phases. In the first phase of PREP, the Foundation Modules frame a foundation in all the CPLED competencies through self-directed online modules. The Foundation Modules will provide students with the opportunity to develop and assess their skills, building a strong base from which to tackle increasing complexity as they progress through PREP.
Students* who have yet to secure articles will be able to register and complete the Foundation Modules while they search for their articling position. “Although PREP is designed to be completed while students are articling, we believe that by permitting students to enrol in the Foundation Modules early they will work to develop necessary skills that will better prepare them for their future articling role”, says Dr. Kara Mitchelmore, CEO of CPLED.
The Foundation Modules are completed online and students can self-direct their studies through the modules or follow the program schedule. “When speaking with students many voiced that they would like the opportunity to begin working on the Foundation Modules as soon as possible to reduce stress when they begin articling”, says Dr. Kara Mitchelmore.
PREP registration launches on Tuesday, March 31 at www.cpled.ca. The registration process is completed entirely online.
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*At the time of publication, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was reviewing their rules to decide if students can begin PREP prior to becoming articling clerk members with the society.