Law Society implements online delivery of licensing examinations

Posted: 05/05/2020

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has informed licensing candidates that the Solicitor examination originally scheduled to take place in March, will move to an online delivery model.

The LSO anticipates that the June Barrister and Solicitor examinations and the July Paralegal examination, which has been cancelled, will also move to online delivery over the summer months. This will allow the licensing process to move forward while protecting the health of candidates and employees.

“The Law Society is confident that the new online delivery model will continue to ensure entry-level competence which is in the public interest,” said CEO Diana Miles. “This will also provide candidates with an opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the licensing process during this unprecedented crisis.”

The security and integrity of the examinations continue to be a priority for the LSO. The examination administration and remote proctoring, provided by Paradigm Testing and MonitorEDU respectively, follow industry best practices in compliance with standards defined by international accrediting bodies such as ISO/ANSI 17024.

The delivery of online examinations will begin in early June. Priority will be given to those candidates for whom the March Solicitor examination is their final requirement to be licensed. Followed by all other candidates who were scheduled to write the March Solicitor examination. Technical support will be provided to candidates throughout the process.

As Public Health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, the LSO is currently unable to confirm dates of future in-person examinations. Information will be provided to candidates as arrangements are confirmed.

More information and FAQs about the online delivery model, including technical requirements, can be found on the online examinations webpage.