Changes to Admission Requirements and Start Dates in New Bar Admission Program

May 14, 2020

With the new bar admission program launching this year through the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED), we want to remind you of some changes and new key dates for students to register and start the program.

Registration for the June 2020 intake of the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) closes on Friday, June 26 and students must begin their PREP studies no later than Tuesday, June 30. 

Under the previous program, articling students started their bar admission program in August, but PREP allows students to begin as early as this June intake.

Registration for PREP is now open and students are encouraged to register as early as possible to select their desired schedule. Once registered, students can begin the Foundation Modules when the materials are released to get a head start on PREP, or they can wait and follow the more rigorous schedule.

“Encouraging your students to begin their PREP studies as soon as possible will allow them to build on their foundational knowledge, making them more productive and efficient during their articles,” says Dr. Kara Mitchelmore, CEO of CPLED.

For those students who have yet to secure articles, CPLED has changed its admission requirements for the June and December 2020 intakes of PREP. Students with a Canadian common law degree or Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada may now register and complete PREP without secured articles. Learn more about the changes to admission requirements in our previous update.