Details of the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC)

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) requires satisfactory completion of:

  • a number of assignments and exercises
  • four skills assessments
  • two qualification examinations

Course overview

  • PLTC is an full-time, 10-week legal practice, procedure and skills course including ethics and practice management
  • Course runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays
  • Class size is typically 20-24 students per class
  • A substantial amount of reading and assignments is required
  • Although there are days and half days off during the course, some reading and assignments must be completed during evenings or weekends

Course Material

Instructors

The PLTC faculty are all lawyers who have many years both teaching and of practice experience. Their instruction is supplmented by volunteer guest instructors who are practising lawyers willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

Knowledge areas

The areas of practice and procedure taught at PLTC are representative of practice areas that articling students and newly called lawyers will encounter. Students are expected to have already learned the law of these areas in law school:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Practice
  • Corporate Practice
  • Creditor's Remedies (including Builders' Liens)
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Family Practice
  • Real Estate
  • Wills

Students' knowledge of the law, of the practice and procedure in these areas, and of ethics and practice management is tested in two qualification exams.

Skills

You will be given a number of opportunities to practise and receive feedback on the following skills:

  • Advocacy
  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Drafting
  • Legal Research
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Problem-solving

Your skills will be tested using four skills assessments.

Assignments

PLTC assignments are designed to give you practice and feedback to raise your level of competence.

Assignments must be completed during days or half days off from PLTC or in the evening.

Mock Civil Trial This is a very useful and enjoyable assignments where you prepare for trial and act as counsel for a full civil trial in Supreme Court. You will receive detailed feedback on your advocacy skills from practicing lawyers who volunteer as judges.

Legal Research It is assumed that you come to the course with substantial legal knowledge and some legal research skills from law school. The PLTC Legal Research Assignment requires approximately six hours of library research and writing. You are given the assignment on the first day of class and have approximately two weeks to complete it. You will receive detailed written feedback on your legal research skills.

Writing and Drafting Assignments After instruction and exercises, you will be asked to write an opinion letter to a client and to draft a contract from scratch. You will have approximately one week to complete each of these assignments and will receive detailed written feedback on your writing and drafting skills.

Advocacy and Interviewing Assignments After instruction, videos and practice exercises, you will be asked to argue a contested chambers exercise and interview a new client. You will be recorded and receive detailed verbal feedback on your oral skills.