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                                                                     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.
“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
                                                                                    are current:
Security Procedures & Protocols
                                                                                    i.      Passport.
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

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Personal Belongings                                                        Ziploc bag, that is no larger than 26.8cm X 27.3cm in
                                                                           size:
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
                                                                           f)   Wallet.
of Upper Canada.
                                                                           g)   Keys.
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
                                                                     Area.
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
      bound.
                                                                     Prohibited Items
      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.
    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
                                                                   Examination Site
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
      Canada.
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.

Accommodation

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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