Continuing professional development criteria
The subject matter of all accredited learning modes must deal primarily with one or more of:
- substantive law
- procedural law
- professional ethics
- practice management (including client care and relations)
- lawyering skills.
The subject matter does not need to deal primarily with BC or Canadian law. Credit is available for subject matter related to the law of other provinces and countries.
The following activities will not be approved:
- lawyer wellness topics
- topics relating to law firm marketing or profit maximization
- activity designed for or targeted primarily at clients
- pro bono activities
No credit is available for activities repeated within the same calendar year.
Options for CPD credits
Credit is available for the following activities:
Participation in courses
- Participating in online “real time” courses, streaming video, web and/or teleconference courses, if there is an opportunity to ask and answer questions; or
- Reviewing a previously recorded course with at least one other lawyer or an articled student, including by telephone or other real-time communications technology (this must be recorded as a study group, see below).
Local bar and Canadian Bar Association section meetings or educational programs
- The actual time spent attending an educational program or section meeting, excluding any portion of the meeting that is not devoted to educational activities.
- Where at least two lawyers or a lawyer and articled student are together for educational purposes (including reviewing a recorded program) at the same time (including by telephone or other real time communications technology);
- Attendance at an editorial advisory board meeting for legal publications and on legal reform groups is included, provided it is not part of your regular employment;
- No credit is available for work on individual client files.
- Teaching a legal course, professional education or licensing program or a post-secondary educational program to an audience that includes as a principal component, lawyers, paralegals (who are employed or supervised by lawyers), articled students and/or law school students but not targeted primarily at clients – you may claim up to 2 hours of additional preparation time for each one hour taught;
- Teaching the general public – you may not claim additional preparation time;
- Credit is only available for the first time the teaching activity is performed in the reporting year;
- Credit is available for volunteer or part-time teaching only, when it is not a regular feature of the lawyer’s employment.
- Writing law books or articles intended for publication and relating to the study or practice of law or to be included in course materials for any audience;
- A maximum of six hours for each writing project, based on the actual time to produce the final product;
- Credit is available for volunteer or part-time writing only, and not for writing that is done as a part of the lawyer’s regular employment.
- A lawyer who has engaged in the practice of law in Canada, either full or part-time, for 7 of the 10 years immediately preceding the current calendar year, and who is not the subject of an order of the Credentials Committee under Rule 3-30(4)(c), is eligible to be a mentor;
- Six hours of credit can be earned provided at least six hours of approved mentoring is completed;
- Mentors can claim a total of 12 hours maximum if mentoring two mentees separately. No credit is awarded for preparing for the mentoring session or training to be a mentor;
- Mentoring must not be file specific or simply answer questions about specific files.
Read more about Mentoring.
Law Society online courses
- Credit is available up to the limit that is set for each course. Log in to see available programs and credits;
- Credits for the 3 free Law Society courses set out below include the two hour professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations and practice management requirement;
- Small Firm Practice Course (up to 6 hours of credit can be claimed);
- Practice Refresher (up to 6 hours of credit can be claimed);
- Communication Toolkit (up to 2 hours of credit can be claimed);
- Legal Research Essentials course (up to 1 hour credit can be claimed) is also avaialable.
Self-study will not be accredited, however the minimum expectation for legal education self-study during the calendar year is 50 hours.
Listservs, forums and network sites
These forms of learning are not available for credit.