focused post-call learning opportunities designed to assist all sole
practitioners or newly called lawyers;
guidance to these candidates on the numerous Law Society on-line
and other practice supports and equity initiatives that exist to assist
If following consultation on the Task Force’s proposal Convocation is of
the view that this issue requires addressing, a proposal can be put forward
and its costs estimated that will provide supports to internationally trained
To the extent that there is some continuing concern that there are gaps in
the law school coverage of skills and professional responsibility
competencies, there is a significant role to be played by post-call
professional development. In the Task Force’s view the preferred
methodology for filling any proven gap would be to allow the individual
lawyer to obtain this knowledge and instruction post call to the bar in a
situation that is more relevant and capable of being immediately applied in
The Task Force also notes that although the discussions about the
approved law degree are in their early stages, the Federation’s Task Force
has raised as possible required competencies the following:
Principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility.
Dispute resolution and advocacy skills.
Legal research skills.
iv. 	 Oral and written communication skills specific to law.8
To the extent that other issues are identified during the course of the consultation
the Task Force will undertake to address them. The Task Force seeks comment
and advice on the proposal it has put forward here respecting the skills and
professional responsibility program.
The Law Society’s articling program has been an established part of the licensing
process for decades. It reflects the transition from the earlier legal education