About the Blog

This blog plays a vital role in our Legal Futures Initiative, providing a venue for posts from our education and training, ethics and regulatory issues and business structures and innovation teams, as well as from thought leaders commenting on the issues raised and progress to date. As well, it provides an opportunity for discussion by stakeholders on those issues. Come back regularly for updates and to join the conversation.

What are the advantages and limitations of the articling system in providing an appropriate level of professional training to prospective lawyers? Are there other options?

The report of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Articling Task Force late last year sparked an intense debate about the merits of the current articling system in Canada. The report recommended an alternative Law Practice Program (LPP) in which students will complete four months of LLP training and a four month work placement. This system is on course to be offered in Ontario in the 2014-2015 articling year.

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | October 7, 2013 | Comments

#LegalFuturesInitiativeGetsLively

What was supposed to be a half-hour discussion about objectives and obstacles turned into more than two hours of enthusiastic participation from across the country. Mitch Kowalski summed up the responses about 75 minutes in: “So we’ve seen tuition, diversity, maturity, practicality, length of study are issues. Solutions?”

CBA Futures | October 3, 2013 | Comments

The Objective(s) of Legal Education

Asking what the objective of legal education should be may seem like a facetious question. Law schools educate future lawyers. But there’s a whole lot more to it than that. What kind of future lawyers are we educating, and what kind should we be educating?

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | September 30, 2013 | Comments

Starting off on the right foot

“The conundrum that regulators have is that we are to all intents and purposes recognizing entry-level competence,” Tim McGee, CEO of the Law Society of British Columbia told a CCCA lunchtime panel at the 2013 CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon, discussing what the role of the regulator should be in ensuring competence in the legal profession.

CBA Futures | September 23, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Education

The Future of Canadian Law Firms Requires Inclusion

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature guest posts from new voices. Today’s post is authored by Omar Ha-Redeye.

Jason Levy | September 18, 2013 | Comments

Learning Law for Life

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature posts from team and Steering Committee members. Today’s post is authored by Stephanie Willson, a member of the Education and Training Team.

Legal Futures Initiative Voices | September 17, 2013 | Comments

The opposite of ‘inclusive’ is ‘incomplete’

Lawyers work in one of the least diverse professions in any country, Dr. Arin Reeves told the Monday morning plenary session at the 2013 CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon. It was something the women and minorities in the largely white, male audience had probably already guessed.

CBA Futures | September 11, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Ethics

Negative feedback cycle in technology innovation

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature posts from team and Steering Committee members. Today’s post is authored by Monica Goyal, a member of the Business Structures and Innovation Team.

Legal Futures Initiative Voices | September 10, 2013 | Comments