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LSUC committee recommends scrapping LPP

Alex Robinson - Monday, September 19, 2016

A Law Society of Upper Canada committee has recommended ending the Law Practice Program after it finishes its pilot.
The committee’s report on the LPP said that while the program had many positive reviews, it failed to provide an alternative to articling “that has gained acceptance by candidates and the profession and that is sustainable in the long term.”

“We have to have a process for licensing candidates that is fair and defensible,” Peter Wardle, the chairman of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, told Law Times.

“And so we have a group of candidates who are going through one pat...

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Law Times reports that a Law Society of Upper Canada committee has recommended ending the LPP program after it finishes its pilot. Do you agree with this move?
Yes, I agree with scrapping the LPP program over concerns it's created a two-tier system. It's time for it to go.
No, I do not agree with ending the LPP program. The program is a much-needed alternative to 'traditional' law schools, and this move is too hasty.