Background information on the Law Society continuing professional development program
At their July 2008 meeting, the Benchers approved Rules 3.18.1-3.18.5 implementing the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee’s recommendations for a continuing professional development program, commencing January 2009.
The subject has been debated in BC since the 1970s. The Benchers believe the public and the profession will benefit by being assured that there is a commitment among lawyers to establishment, promotion and improvement of the standards of legal practice in the province.
The Law Society took the first step toward a mandatory, continuing professional development program in 2005 when it introduced mandatory reporting of professional development activities.
Benchers' Bulletin articles
Continuing professional development: the range of options, May 2008
Continuing professional development: a look at three in-house approaches, March 2008
Continuing professional development program moves forward, December 2007
An update on continuing professional development, July 2007
Benchers approve report: Toward mandatory continuing professional development, November-December 2006
Is now the time for Compulsory Continuing Education? (President's View column), July-August 2006
Remember your professional development in 2005, April-May 2005
Lawyer Education Task Force contemplates new reforms, November-December 2004
BC lawyers to report annually on voluntary continuing legal education, May-June 2004