Small firm practice course awarded professional excellence

The Law Society’s online small firm practice course has been recognized with an award for professional excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education, an international organization that includes representatives from more than 300 organizations.

The award is the top prize in the Best Technology category, which recognizes the effectiveness of the technology in meeting educational objectives, the proficiency of the use of technology, reaction of the users, financial practicality and effective use of the organization’s resources.

The Law Society developed the free course on the recommendation of the Lawyer Education Task Force to help lawyers in setting up a new practice and to assist existing sole or small firm practitioners with practice management and trust accounting skills.

“The course helps lawyers develop an understanding of the pitfalls that can happen to sole practitioners, and how these pitfalls can be prevented or corrected,” said Kensi Gounden, the Law Society’s Manager of Standards and Professional Development. “It’s the only online, self-testing course for lawyers available in Canada.”

The course is mandatory for some lawyers, including anyone who sets up small firm practice after January 1, 2007 and those beginning or returning to practice in a small firm after three years. But lawyers do not need to register for the course to access useful resources such as the chat room and ongoing updates. Log in to the Member Resources & Online Courses at for more information.

Outside of the major urban centres, sole and small firm practitioners provide the vast majority of legal services in the province.

The Law Society is currently developing a practice refresher course for lawyers who wish to resume practice after one to seven years. This online course is slated for release next summer.