Ryerson Law Practice Program

Ryerson Law Practice Program
Ryerson Law Practice Program
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Ryerson University offers an alternative to traditional articling through its eight-month Law Practice Program (LLP) for licensing stream candidates.

The first four months of the program includes a simulated work experience with online training and experiential learning with files developed by practising lawyers.

Students learn to interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage a practice.

During the subsequent four-month placement, students work directly with employers such as large institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics, and sole practitioners throughout Ontario.

Ryerson LPP works with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the legal community, including an alliance with the Ontario Bar Association.

Chris Bentley, managing director of the Law Practice Program, retired from politics in 2013 after serving for almost 10 years as the MPP for London West. He held several cabinet posts, including Attorney General for Ontario and practised criminal and labour law for more than 20 years.

Teaching part-time at Western University’s Law School, Mr. Bentley was the first chairperson of Neighbourhood Legal Services of London and Middlesex, and authored a practice manual for criminal law. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s level Diploma in Legal Studies from Cambridge University.

Gina Alexandris, program director of the Law Practice Program, is a lawyer and adult educator. She developed and directed the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and spent more than 12 years with Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, first as director of career services, followed by nine years as the assistant dean of student services.

Most recently, Ms. Alexandris was the director of strategic planning and knowledge management for the legal services division of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.

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Ryerson kicks off fourth year of Law Practice Program

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