The Law Society of Upper Canada

Counsel, Licensing & Accreditation, Professional Development & Competence - 1-year contract

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November 6, 2017 - November 9, 2018




The Counsel, Licensing & Accreditation is responsible for developing standards and content to support the Law Society’s licensing and program accreditation processes. Counsel works closely with the Team Manager, Entry Level Competence, other employees, and practitioners to create modules and examination questions to assess entry-level competence of lawyers and paralegals. In addition, Counsel contributes expertise in credentialing and practice management matters to the program accreditation process and Certified Specialist Program. As well, the Counsel participates in research and development activities related to new initiatives and projects. Counsel may also provide support to paralegal education accreditation activities, and may facilitate instruction on training and education programs, as required.




  • An LL.B. coupled with being a licensee in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.* 
  • The responsibilities involved in this position include contributing to the implementation and maintenance of the Licensing process.  The incumbent is required to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience either practising law or working in the area of professional development.
  • Counsel must have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through membership in one or more of the major law or legal associations.
  • Excellent grasp of designing, delivering and evaluating defensible licensing systems and processes.
  • Solid understanding of the Law Society, including organizational structure, services, mandate, rules and regulations, or willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge of entry level competencies for licencees.
  • Working knowledge of program design process, publications production, and principles of, and best practices, related to adult learning, and instructional methodologies.
  • Knowledge of distance learning technologies an asset.
  • Proficiency in computer word processing, e‑mail, and the Internet or Intranet.
  • Develops and applies complex information including creation of examination questions.

 * By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.




Client / Customer Service Planning


  • Contributes to the overall direction of the Licensing & Accreditation unit, by assessing and discussing priorities, licensee needs, and quality assurance.
  • Assesses and discusses priorities for content revision and development in response to policy directives and licensee needs.
  • Establishes effective processes for achieving deliverables through coordination of workflow with employees, consultants, vendors, and practitioners, where applicable.
  • In conjunction with team members, identifies emerging issues, recommends the development of policies, content and other initiatives to address these issues. 
  • Keeps stakeholders informed, and solicits their input to proposals for changes in the Law Society’s licensing and accreditation activities. 

Client / Customer Service Delivery 


  • Manages and/or participates in the development of content related to licensing programs for lawyers and paralegals, including reference materials, online courses, workshops, assessments and examination questions.
  • References appropriate standards and blueprints in the design of learning and assessment modules and communicates program requirements to content experts.
  • Applies understanding of regulatory framework to content development. 

Team Membership 


  • Fosters a positive team environment by clarifying goals, building the commitment of individuals, valuing team input, recognizing the contribution of volunteers and other Law Society counsel, resolving conflicts, strengthening the team’s collective skills, and encouraging creativity and problem-solving.
  • Provides work coordination and performance direction to staff, including administrative assistants, program coordinators, and others to ensure the optimal and timely development of content.
  • Presents information and expertise to assist and/or influence licencees and committee members regarding best strategies and practices for program development, administration and promotion. 



  • Remains abreast of new developments in the field of legal education, practice management and ethics (including but not limited to educational methodologies, systems, and materials for lectures, seminar groups, computer-assisted learning, and independent study), and plans for the implementation of innovations for the ongoing improvement of all aspects of the Law Society’s licensing and accreditation activities.
  • Engages in continuous gathering and analysis of information on current legislative, judicial and practice developments in a broad range of practice areas.



Service Orientation


The requirement to maintain a high standard of commitment, ethics, respect, care in service delivery to clients (internal and/or external).


Communication and Interpersonal Skills


The requirement to structure and deliver effective verbal and written communication with clients, staff, licensees, the public, and others in a non-threatening and constructive way.


Team Orientation


The requirement to share responsibility for the achievement of team goals and the associated behaviours required for individuals to contribute effectively in a team environment.


Continuous Improvement


The requirement to demonstrate an attitude that consistently strives to improve a standard of excellence for one’s self and for the benefit of the organization, its licensees and stakeholders.


Problem Solving and Judgement


The requirement to identify and analyze problems, determine root causes, evaluate alternative solutions and take and/or recommend appropriate solutions.


Technical Competence / Professional Knowledge


The requirement to apply knowledge and skills to carry out the work and/or provide advice. This also includes the quality of advice given, as well as the requirement to make decisions in the best interests of the organization as a whole.



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