Ontario Licensing Exams
The bar admission process to the Law Society of Upper Canada consists of 2 full-day, 7-hour multiple-choice exams.
The law society does not provide any substantive teaching to prepare for the Ontario Licensing Examinations (Bar Exams). The law society will provide you with written materials, but you will be expected to self-study.
The bar admission process for admission to the Law Society of Upper Canada consists of:
- 2 full-day, 7-hour multiple-choice bar exams; and
- A 10-month articling program
The bar exams are scheduled three times each year: the first in May or June, the second in November and the third for that licensing year, in March. Most students write the May/June bar exams.
The first full-day 7-hour multiple-choice exam (the "barrister examination") will test:
- Public law (constitutional law and administrative law)
- Criminal procedure
- Family law
- Civil litigation
- Ethical and professional responsibility and establishing and maintaining the barrister-client relationship
The second full-day 7-hour multiple-choice exam (the "solicitor examination") will test:
- Real estate law
- Business law (corporate law, bankruptcy law and tax law)
- Wills, trusts and estate administration and planning law
- Ethical and professional responsibility and establishing and maintaining the solicitor-client relationship