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PHONE: 416-947-3315 OR 1-800-668-7380 EXT. 3315 SUPPORT SERVICES: SUPPORTSERVICES@LSUC.ON.CA
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LAWYER LICENSING PROCESS
Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol
Licensing Examinations created to protect all phases of the Licensing Examination
Material from its development and execution to its
Definitions presentation on the Licensing Examination day, including
but not limited to development, review, translation,
“Invigilator” means an individual designated by the Office printing, transportation as well as disposal of the
of the Registrar to supervise the Licensing Examination Licensing Examination Material.
Site and/or candidates or to perform other duties as
assigned by The Law Society of Upper Canada. All Licensing Examination Material is the property of The
Law Society of Upper Canada and is protected by
“Licensing Examination” means the Solicitor and copyright.
Barrister Licensing Examination developed by The Law
Society of Upper Canada. Admission to Licensing Examination Testing Area
“Licensing Examination Content” means the Licensing Candidates should plan to arrive at the Licensing
Examination booklet, examination question(s), scan sheet Examination Site at least 60 to 90 minutes before the
and/or answer(s). scheduled start time of the Licensing Examination. A
Licensing Examination information letter will be sent to
“Licensing Examination Material” may include but is not the candidates’ Law Society online account to advise
limited to the content, format, process, completion and/or candidates of the required arrival times.
evaluation of The Law Society of Upper Canada’s
Licensing Examinations. Friends, relatives or children who accompany a candidate
to the Licensing Examination Site will not be permitted to
“Licensing Examination Site” is the location of the testing wait in the Licensing Examination Testing Area or to
facility designated by the Office of the Registrar. contact the candidate while the candidate is taking the
“Licensing Examination Testing Area” is a secure area
within the Licensing Examination Site designated by the At the Licensing Examination Site, candidates must
Office of the Registrar for the writing of the Licensing present their Law Society photo identification card in
Examination. order to be admitted.
“Sitting of the Licensing Examination,” means the time, If a candidate cannot produce his/her Law Society photo
date and location established by the Office of the Registrar identification card, other acceptable forms of government-
for the writing of the Licensing Examination. issued photo identification include the following, if they
Security Procedures & Protocols
The Law Society of Upper Canada requires strict ii. Driver’s licence.
confidentiality and security for the Licensing Examination
Material. Security procedures and protocols have been iii. Health insurance card (with photo).
implemented to ensure that the integrity of the Licensing iv. Canadian citizenship card.
Examination and the Licensing Examination Material is
always maintained. If a candidate does not bring his/her Law Society photo
identification card or another acceptable form of photo
Stringent security measures have been put in place to identification, the candidate will not be admitted into the
eliminate unfair advantage among candidates and avoid Licensing Examination Testing Area.
the high cost of replacing Licensing Examination Material
in the event of a security breach. These measures were
LICENSING E XAMINATION RULES AND P ROTOCOL
Personal Belongings Ziploc bag, that is no larger than 26.8cm X 27.3cm in
All candidates will be required to leave their personal
a) Law Society photo identification card or other
belongings outside the Licensing Examination Testing
acceptable form of photo identification.
Area. The Law Society of Upper Canada assumes no
responsibility for lost, stolen, broken or misplaced b) Food in its original wrapping / container or
personal property and candidates should plan recovered in a clear wrapping (i.e. Saran Wrap).
appropriately. Nuts and nut products are not permitted in
the Licensing Examination Testing Area and
To ensure the security of the Licensing Examination should not be brought to the Licensing
Testing Area, hats, scarves, gloves and coats will not be Examination Site. Food brought into the
allowed in the Licensing Examination Testing Area. Licensing Examination Testing Area should not
While these items are generally not allowed under be noisy, distracting or have a strong scent.
standard conditions, provisions have been made for c) Hygiene products.
specific religious apparel. Candidates who wish to wear
religious apparel should advise the Office of the Registrar d) Medication(s) in clear containers or packaging,
in advance. or, alternatively, loose or in a clear wrapping.
Pillboxes, organizers and cases are not
Before entering the Licensing Examination Testing Area, allowed.
an unobtrusive visual inspection of personal items will be e) Tissues (loose or in a clear wrapping).
conducted by Invigilators and/or staff of The Law Society
of Upper Canada.
Allowable Items h) Earplugs.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has designated the These items must be secured in a single, closed, clear
following items as allowable in the Licensing plastic storage bag as stipulated or they will not be
Examination Testing Area: permitted into the Licensing Examination Testing
i. Reference materials for the Licensing Examination,
Only the items stipulated as Allowable are permitted in
notes and textbooks brought into the Licensing
the Examination Testing Area. All other items are
Examination Testing Area by the candidate for the
required to be left outside the examination area, at the
purposes of assisting during the performance of the
candidate’s own risk.
examination. They may be contained in a binder or
All candidates will be required to leave their
reference materials in the Licensing Examination The Law Society of Upper Canada has designated the
Testing Area upon the completion of the Licensing following items as prohibited in the Licensing
Examination. Reference materials will not be Examination Testing Area:
returned to the candidates. i. Mechanical or electronic devices, including but not
ii. A silent plain-faced watch. Watches that are limited to computers, cellular telephones, personal
programmable and/or make noises of any kind are digital assistants, pagers, calculators, wireless email
not permitted and will be confiscated. and reading devices, electronic paging devices,
iii. A non-alcoholic beverage in a disposable or reusable recording or filming devices, cameras, tape recorders,
clear plastic container (20 oz/500ml maximum size). headphones, headsets, mp3 players and radios.
iv. A single sweater, cardigan or jacket. Hoodies and ii. All forms of luggage, including but not limited to
sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets with hoods are book bags, backpacks, handbags, purses, suitcases
not allowed in the testing area. Outerwear (coats, and briefcases.
hats, scarves or gloves) must be left in the iii. Writing and marking supplies, including but not
Personal Effects Area.. limited to pens, pencils, erasers and unused or extra
v. The following items provided they are secured in a post-it notes.
single, closed, clear plastic, storage bag, such as a iv. Props such as copyholders or clipboards.
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v. Food and beverages except for those listed in the concentration of other candidates in the Licensing
Allowable Items section. Examination Testing Area.
vi. Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to ix. Candidates will not be physically or verbally abusive
sharp objects, firearms, explosive devices, razor towards a Invigilator or a staff member of The Law
blades, box cutters and knives. Society at any time during the Sitting of the
vii. Hats or headgear of any kind unless provision has Licensing Examination.
been made for specific religious apparel. Candidates x. Candidates will comply with requests or instructions
who wish to wear religious apparel should advise the made by a Invigilator during the Sitting of the
Office of the Registrar in advance. Licensing Examination, including, but not limited to
a request to leave the Licensing Examination Testing
Rules of Conduct Licensing Examination Site Area.
It is understood that all candidates will comply with The Candidates are advised that The Law Society will be
Law Society of Upper Canada’s Licensing Process monitoring and observing all candidates during the Sitting
Policies. of the Licensing Examination.
Upon being admitted into the Licensing Examination At the conclusion of the Sitting of the Licensing
Testing Area the following rules of conduct apply: Examination, candidates will leave all materials,
i. Candidates will not falsify or misrepresent including, but not limited to reference materials, notes,
information required for admission to the Licensing textbooks, the Licensing Examination booklet, Licensing
Examination Testing Area. Examination scan sheet, calculator, pencils, eraser and
feedback form in the Licensing Examination Testing Area.
ii. Candidates will not impersonate other candidates or
have an impersonator take any part of the Licensing Candidates will remove from the Licensing Examination
Examination on their behalf. Testing Area the allowable items contained in the clear,
iii. Candidates will wear a Law Society designated plastic storage bag, the single sweater, cardigan or jacket
wristband at all times during the Sitting of the if applicable, the plain face watch and their reusable or
Licensing Examination. disposable beverage container.
iv. Candidates will display their Law Society photo Upon exiting the Licensing Examination Testing Area
identification card or other acceptable form of photo candidates will not gather with other candidates in the
identification at the top right corner of the restroom or in areas adjacent to the Licensing
examination table or whichever corner is closest to Examination Testing Area during the Sitting of the
the aisle throughout the Sitting of the Licensing Licensing Examination.
v. Candidates will not obtain or use answers or If there is an emergency of any kind, candidates should
information from, or give answers or information to, remain seated and wait for instructions on how to proceed.
another candidate or person during the Sitting of the
Licensing Examination. Breach of the Rules of Conduct Licensing
vi. Candidates will not write or designate any answers to
questions on the Licensing Examination Materials Candidates who are admitted to the Licensing
prior to the announcement of the commencement of Examination Testing Area must abide by the Licensing
the Sitting of the Licensing Examination or after the Examination Rules and Protocol (“Rules and Protocol”).
announcement of the conclusion of the Sitting of the Any breach of the Rules and Protocol may lead to any of
Licensing Examination. the following:
vii. Candidates will not erase or otherwise alter an i. If a candidate fails to arrive at the Licensing
answer to a question on the Licensing Examination Examination Site at the required time and/or fails to
Materials after the announcement of the conclusion produce a Law Society photo identification card or
of the Sitting of the Licensing Examination. another acceptable form of photo identification, the
viii. Candidates will not create a continuing distraction by candidate will be required to write the Licensing
sound, movement or odour, which disrupts the
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Examination at the next available Sitting of the Process Policies and The Law Society will provide
Licensing Examination. accommodation to the candidate in accordance with the
ii. If prohibited items are found in the possession of a Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for
candidate, such items will be confiscated and the Candidates in the Licensing Process established by the
results of the candidate’s Licensing Examination will Professional Development & Competence Committee of
be declared null and void. The Law Society of Upper Canada.
iii. If a candidate’s behaviour is inappropriate and a
Invigilator or a staff member of The Law Society of
Upper Canada is required to escort the candidate
from the Licensing Examination Testing Area, the
results of the candidate’s Licensing Examination will
be declared null and void.
A violation of the Rules and Protocol may lead to the:
iv. preparation of a written report on the conduct of the
candidate and its provision to the Professional
Regulation Department for investigation;
v. initiation of legal proceedings by The Law Society of
Upper Canada against the candidate for damages; or
vi. pursuit by The Law Society of Upper Canada of any
other legal remedies available to it.
Confidentiality & Security Requirements beyond
the Licensing Examination Site
By participating in the Licensing Examination candidates
should note the following:
i. The Licensing Examination Material remains the
exclusive property of The Law Society of Upper
ii. The confidentiality of the Licensing Examination
Content, including the multiple-choice items, is to be
maintained at all times.
iii. The Licensing Examination Material is not to be
reproduced through memorization or any other
means, including but not limited to postings
regarding the Licensing Examination Content or
answers on the Internet.
iv. Information related to the Licensing Examination
Content may not be provided to any individual who
may take the Licensing Examination.
v. The Licensing Examination Content is not to be
shared with any individual, organization or agency.
Notwithstanding any provision or requirement contained
in the Rules and Protocol, a candidate who requires
accommodation may request accommodation in
accordance with Part XV of The Law Society’s Licensing
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