The Law Society of Upper Canada

Counsel, Licensing Process, Licensing & Accreditation, Professional Development & Competence

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Counsel, Licensing Process is responsible for activities related to the Licensing Process for lawyers and paralegals. This includes acting as a legal resource in the areas of licensing process policies, experiential training, examination administration, statutory obligations under human rights and fairness legislation, and  special projects as assigned by the Team Manager, Articling and Manager, Licensing and Accreditation.




  • An LL.B. / J.D. and a lawyer licensee in good standing with the Law Society*.
  • The role supports the Team Manager and Manager in providing direction and counseling to staff, candidates, Law Society members and others, requiring a minimum of 5 years’ post-call experience working for a professional body, government, post-secondary education organization or in legal practice.
  • Solid understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
  • Solid understanding of the Licensing Process policies and protocols.
  • Knowledge of best practices in other jurisdictions related to experiential training and assessment and competency based licensing and credentialing. 
  • Familiarity with equity and fairness principles and initiatives.
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with word processing.
  • Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language for individual and/or group situations.
  • Proficiency in the French language is an asset.
  • Reasons through, interprets and applies complex spoken and written information.

*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 


  • Develops and implements programs, procedures and policies that are designed to ensure entry-level competence of lawyer and paralegal candidates in accordance with the Law Society’s competence mandate and authority under By-law 4. Researches, recommends and implements strategies and processes to support enhancements to licensing process protocols and maintain defensibility of entrance requirements.
  • Remains abreast of best practices and new developments in experiential training, high stakes assessments, and fairness and human rights principles in a professional licensure context. 
  • Monitors the market for trends in lawyer and paralegal licensing and recommends appropriate regulatory responses.
  • Provides research and report writing support of special projects in the licensing, accreditation and credentialing areas, as required. 

Client / Customer Service Delivery


  • Provides guidance and support to team members on a variety of licensing process requirements, statutory obligations, and policy issues.
  • Liaises with articling principals, candidates and other stakeholders to advise on licensing process protocols, including experiential training criteria and procedures, recruitment and rights of appearance matters and licensing examination outcomes. Oversees and reviews the Articling Registry, and ensures there is compliance with set guidelines.
  • Provides analysis, reports and recommendations to the Team Manager, Articling regarding program performance, trends and areas requiring further policy direction. 
  • Deputizes for the Team Manager, when appropriate. Assists the Manager, Licensing and Accreditation with mandatory reporting to the Office of the Fairness Commissioner. 

Policy Development


  • Develops, interprets, and implements policies, procedures, practices and guidelines pertaining to the licensing process, including experiential training, examination administration, and examination accommodations. 
  • Maintains currency of online content to reflect changes to policy and procedure and respond to emerging issues in a professional licensure context.    

Performance Goals, Targets and Standards

  • Monitors program operation against metrics, and makes recommendations designed to increase the effectiveness of the licensing process.
  • Gathers and interprets data through the new Articling Assessment Tool and related enhancements to support the Pathways Pilot Project.

Team Membership

  • Works closely with other staff, the Team Manager and Manager, Licensing & Accreditation to ensure effective flow of information amongst stakeholders and between management and Convocation.
  • Applies breadth and depth of knowledge of the licensing process to engage in project planning and problem solving with a full array of team members, contributing to continuous improvement.
  • Provides leadership by facilitating training and sharing knowledge on licensing best practices with team members and other staff members of the department. 

Relationship and Alliance Building

  • Communicates the requirements of the Law Society’s licensing process to prospective candidates, members of the profession and other stakeholders through both informal dialogue and consultation, and formal delivery of workshops and presentations.
  • Liaises with law schools, law firms, government legal offices, not-for-profit organizations (Pro bono law, Law Foundation of Ontario) to promote collaboration and build support.
  • Attends meetings and conferences through relevant professional associations (NALP, Ontario Bar Association, ORAC, CLEAR, CNAR) and maintains a network of relevant contacts and resources. 



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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