In direct response to concerns from students and the legal profession related to the pandemic, the Canadian Centre for Legal Education (CPLED) has changed the admission requirements for the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) for the 2020/2021 year.
Students with a Canadian common law degree or Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada may register and complete PREP
without secured articles
for the June and December 2020 intakes.
This change provides students with an opportunity to complete their Bar admission program without delay. As well, it allows students to develop the necessary competencies and practice lawyer skills within PREP which they can apply immediately when they begin their articles.
During these difficult times, law firms and organizations are still encouraged to do their part in training the next generation of lawyers by hiring articling students. This decision was not intended to deter firms from hiring articling students but rather to help students who are having a difficult time finding an articling position continue on their path to becoming a lawyer.