George Hunter, et al., Task Force on the Continuum of Legal Education: Report to Convocation (2003).
The cost of the materials in both digital and paper form, Can$150 per exam, is included in the examination fees of Can$750 per exam. https://lso.ca/becoming-licensed/lawyer-licensing-process/fees-and-forms/fees-schedule.
supra note 5, 36–37. In late 2018, Ontario completed a new review of its bar admissions process, the Dialogue on Licensing / Dialogue sur l’accès à la profession, motivated in part by a persistent shortage of articling positions for candidates. A number of options for reform were considered, including doing away with the articling requirement altogether (none of the options included changes to the Barrister and Solicitor Examinations) (Peter Wardle, et al., Professional Development and Competence Committee: Options for Lawyer Licensing (2018)). The recommendations that were ultimately adopted by the Law Society’s governing body will maintain the articling process, with some changes; the addition of a new skills examination or assessment remains under consideration, although the details of what it might involve are still unknown. The recommended changes are scheduled to be implemented in 2021.
2. Currently, in addition to passing a character assessment, aspiring solicitors must successfully complete (1) an undergraduate law degree that meets certain requirements for subject-matter coverage OR an undergraduate degree in another field and a one-year postgraduate course in law; (2) a one-year postgraduate Legal Practice Course, which covers “core practice areas” such as wills and estates, business law, and property law; skills such as legal research, writing, and advocacy; and more specialized substantive topics, such as employment and family law; (3) a two-year Period of Supervised Training in an approved law office or legal department; and (4) a short Professional Skills Course, generally taken as part of the Period of Supervised Training. See also https://www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/student-information.page. Beginning in 2021, (1) the undergraduate law degree requirement will be replaced with a requirement that candidates have an undergraduate degree in any field or an equivalent qualification or experience; (2) the Legal Practice Course will be eliminated; (3) the Period of Supervised Training will be replaced with a requirement that candidates have two years of “qualifying legal experience” (which might include, e.g., working as a paralegal or in a university legal services office); (4) the Professional Skills Course will be eliminated; and (5) the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will be required. See also https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/solicitor-persona.page.
3. The description of the exam components given here is based on information presented in Julie Brannan, “Training for Tomorrow: The Reform of Education and Training Requirements for English and Welsh Solicitors,” 86(4) The Bar Examiner (Winter 2017-2018) 17, 24-26.
5. http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/competence-statement.page; see also Brannan, supra note 3 at 20.