The following supports are available to candidates who are registered in the Law Society’s Licensing Process:
Candidates may request accommodation in the Paralegal Licensing Process based on a condition that arises from an enumerated ground listed in the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19. The Law Society can provide accommodations to candidates for the Licensing Examinations. Candidates seeking accommodation must review the Law Society’s Policy and Procedures for Accommodations for Candidates in the Lawyer and Paralegal Licensing Processes. Additional information about Accommodations, including information regarding how to make a request, can be found on the Accommodations page.
*Please note the Law Society is transitioning to an online self-service enrolment platform for the monthly payment plan in 2019/20. More information will be posted in February 2019.
The Monthly Payment Plan allows candidates to pay their licensing fees, in four equal monthly instalments via credit card. Candidates who wish to enrol in this plan must review and submit the Monthly Payment Plan Enrolment Form by the relevant deadline indicated on the form.
When considering the prescribed term of your payment plan, please ensure you consider when the final payment will be processed and when you intend to be licensed. Candidates cannot be licensed if they have outstanding fees and have not made the remaining payments as agreed to under the plan. If you wish to be licensed sooner than when the plan concludes, you will be required to make payment in full for all outstanding fees on your account.
Payment amounts are calculated using the current account balance reflected in your online account. Please refer to the enrolment form for details on how to calculate your monthly payment amount. Payments are processed on the 14th day of each month (or on the next available banking day). If you wish to include only certain invoiced items in the payment plan, please contact the Accounts Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, all invoiced Licensing Process Fees will be included in your payment Plan. Note: If you are invoiced for an examination and/or study material fees after you commence the payment plan, you must contact the accounts office in writing if you wish to add those charges to the payment plan. Any newly added items will increase the monthly payment amount accordingly.
Any changes in credit card information must be communicated in writing to the Accounts Office at least five business days before the processing/transaction date. Please email any changes to your credit card information to the attention of the Accounts Office at email@example.com . Any changes received short of the five business day deadline will be reflected in the following month’s withdrawal. Please ensure you have adequate funds on your card in order to avoid a declined payment transaction.
Preloaded credit cards and Visa debit cards will not be accepted.
A notification email will be sent to you when a new invoice is posted to your online account.
Please ensure you also review the section on “Rejected Transactions” on the General Information: Fees, Billing, Refunds page and Payment Information page, prior to applying for this plan.
The Law Society provides access to tutoring from experienced members of the profession for those candidates who have been unsuccessful with the Licensing Examinations. Additional information for candidates and Tutors can be found on the Tutoring page.
Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Service
As part of the Law Society of Ontario's efforts to enable equity and diversity in the workplace and the profession, and to help stop discrimination and harassment, the Law Society provides a Discrimination and Harassment Counsel service free-of-charge to the Ontario public, lawyers and paralegals. The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or paralegal.
Member Assistance Program
The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is provided by Homewood Health to all lawyers, paralegals, law students, and judges in Ontario, as well as their family members. It is a fully confidential service funded by the Law Society of Ontario.
Immigrant Access Fund (IAF)
If you are an internationally trained immigrant in another country and have recently immigrated to Canada, the IAF loan may assist you financially with your licensing fees. Please visit the Immigrant Access Fund website for more information.