Continuing Legal Education (CLE)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and obligations for legal professionals vary in each Canadian province. Please refer to the information and respective law society websites below for full details.
Lawyers are subject to mandatory continuing legal education requirements and are obliged to complete at least 30 hours of legal training that must be approved by the Comité during the compliance period.
Lawyers and paralegals are required to complete a total of 12 hours of CPD annually, three hours on topics pertaining to ethics, professionalism and/or practice management that are accredited by the law society and nine hours of substantive law (which can be fulfilled in a variety of ways including attending seminars on legal topics, mentoring lawyers and students, teaching, and writing and editing books).
The Law Society of Alberta's CPD Program does not have a mandatory minimum number of accredited hours to be counted towards CPD. It is mandatory that lawyers in Alberta make an annual CPD declaration in relation to their CPD Plan including a range of learning activities relevant to their professional development.
The CPD reporting requirement is based on the calendar year, commencing January 1. Lawyers must complete at least 12 hours of CPD in accredited educational activities each year, including no less than two hours on topics pertaining to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and practice management.
From June 1, 2012, all practising lawyers will be required to complete 12 hours of CPD annually, and to report this education on their Annual Member Reports.
Please see the individual seminar descriptions for specific credit information. Confirmation of attendance at accredited Blakes Business Class seminars will be issued following each seminar.
Blakes does not take responsibility for obtaining accreditation in provinces other than those in which we have offices. If you have questions regarding CLE/CPD approval of this seminar in your jurisdiction, please contact your bar administrator.