Law Society will not extend CLE bursary funding

The Benchers have decided against extending Law Society funding for CLE Society of BC bursaries in 2006, at the recommendation of the Lawyer Education Task Force.

The Law Society has provided funding for the bursary program for the past three years to assist low-income lawyers in attending courses. In its review of the CLE bursary program, the Lawyer Education Task Force expressed concern over limited take-up of the bursaries and the fact that the cost of continuing education remained high for lawyers, in particular for low-income lawyers outside the Greater Vancouver area who usually must devote additional time and travel expenses to attend courses. These lawyers have the greatest difficulty accessing continuing education, and the bursaries are not sufficient assistance to them.

The Task Force has encouraged the Benchers to consider allocating funds to assist in developing new technologies and online learning programs that would be more widely available to all lawyers in BC.