Lawyers sought to update online courses

The Law Society offers online courses to help lawyers improve and maintain their legal skills and, as of 2009, to comply with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. These online courses are available to BC lawyers through the lawyer login on the home page.

Keeping legal resources current and accurate is always a challenge and maintaining the large volume of material in the online learning section of the Law Society website is no exception. Updating the courses, particularly the Practice Refresher Course and the Small Firm Practice Course, requires a broad range of topics to be reviewed, updated and improved.

The Law Society is inviting lawyers to assist in updating discrete portions of the online materials, and at the same time fulfil the lawyers’ CPD requirements. Here are the topics covered in the courses:

Areas of Practice

  • Small Claims Practice
  • Supreme Court Practice
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Family

Practice Management

  • The Accounting System
  • Trust Accounting, Trust Filing and Trust Applications
  • Taxation and Employee Deductions
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
  • Lawyer Retainers
  • File Retention and Disposal
  • Coverage during Absence
  • Conflicts and Withdrawal of Services
  • Client Screening and Dealing with Difficult Clients
  • File Management, Diary Systems, Delegation of Tasks and Supervision
  • Avoiding Fraud

Lawyers selected will be provided with content for review and updating, and may work individually or in groups. The lawyers will be matched with topics they deal with in their everyday practices. The course materials are designed to be an overview of key topics, so it is not expected that substantial research will be required.

CPD credits can be claimed according to the time spent by each lawyer working on updates to the materials, to a maximum of six hours per assignment. If you are interested in working on content improvement and receiving CPD credits, contact Debra DeGaust at and indicate in which topics you are interested.

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