The Law Society of Upper Canada has made changes to its continuing professional development regime after lawyers complained the policy made accessing archived webcasts and meeting new member requirements too difficult.
Benchers approved the policy changes during Convocation proceedings on April 26. Under the amendments, lawyers and paralegals can now earn up to six hours per year by watching archived programs and using online courses. As well, they’ll no longer have to watch the content with another lawyer or paralegal to meet the law society’s interactivity requirement.
“While we recognize interactivity is an important component of the CPD requirement, we are recommending to Convocation today that only six of the 12 hours be required and that computer modules and webcasts be included in that interactivity requirement,” professional development and competence committee member Wendy Matheson told Convocation on April 26.
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