PLTC Schedule and Attendance

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) is offered:

  • three times a year in Vancouver (commencing in February, May and September)
  • once a year in Victoria (commencing in May)
  • once a year in Kamloops (commencing in May)

Attendance requirements

When to take PLTC

In consultation with your principal, you must choose when you will attend PLTC and when you will article. Students may take PLTC at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of articles, subject to space available in the session requested.

If you decide to take PLTC at the end of your articles year, and you are unable to successfully complete the course, you will be required to do so during the next session of PLTC. This may delay the date you will be eligible to begin practice. To avoid or shorten this delay, PLTC may offer an early opportunity shortly after the end of your PLTC session.

2016/2017 Sessions

Session Name

Date

Application Deadline

February 2016 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

February 15 - April 22, 2016

October 15, 2015

May 2016 Vancouver
(six or seven classes)

May 30  - August 5, 2016

December 15, 2015

May 2016 Victoria
(two or three classes)

May 30 - August 5, 2016

December 15, 2015

May 2016 Kamloops
(one or two classes)

May 30 - August 5, 2016

December 15, 2015

September 2016 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

September 12 - November 18, 2016

March 1, 2016

February 2017 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

February 14 - April 21, 2017

October 14, 2016

May 2017 Vancouver
(six or seven classes)

May 29 - August 4, 2017

December 15, 2016

May 2017 Victoria
(two or three classes)

May 29 - August 4, 2017

December 15, 2016

May 2017 Kamloops
(one or two classes)

May 29 - August 4, 2017

December 15, 2016

September 2017 Vancouver
(five or six classes)

September 11 - November 17, 2017

March 1, 2017

 Course schedule

You will receive a PLTC schedule on the first day of class. Morning classes run from 9 am to 12 noon, and afternoon classes from 1 to 3 pm. On selected days you may have to stay later or work through lunch, but these will be clearly marked on the schedule or announced in advance.

Throughout the 10 weeks there are several days or half days with no scheduled classes during which students are expected to read materials or prepare assignments or assessments.

Attendance requirements

In-person attendance for all PLTC classes and assignments is mandatory. Do not make any work, travel, vacation or other plans that might conflict with the 10 weeks of the PLTC session.

Exceptions are made only in a few circumstances and requests should be made well in advance. PLTC will consider requests for time off for absences in the same way as an articling principal would. Important skills lessons, exercises or assignments missed may have to be deferred to the next session, along with the corresponding assessment.

In cases of emergency or illness, it is your responsibility to obtain missed notes, lesson information or assignment requirements from other students or the instructor.

If you require part-time attendance at PLTC, you must contact PLTC at least six months in advance of the session you wish to attend. Part-time attendance usually requires spreading the content of PLTC over two sessions.

If you are unable to complete any assignment, you must notify the PLTC program coordinator as soon as possible.