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Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Administrative Policies

The Benchers of the Law Society approved Guiding Principles for Mandatory Professional Development.  The following administrative policies will assist lawyers to meet the requirements and will promote consistent interpretation of the guidelines.

Calculation of CPD hours
To calculate eligible CPD hours:

  • Refreshment breaks may be included
  • Lunch breaks may only be included when there is a luncheon speaker and only for the time allocated for the speaker’s presentation
  • Time may be rounded up to the nearest quarter of an hour


Carryover of CPD Hours to the Immediate next year
The CEO of the Law Society has pre-approved the Federation of Law Societies’ Family Law Program and Criminal Law Program for carryover of up to 12 hours of CPD to the immediate next year. This may include a carryover of up to 1.5 hours for ethics, professional responsibility and practice management. Individual lawyers do not need to request pre-approval for carryover.

CPD hours for presentation preparation
Actual presentation time will be multiplied by a factor of three to reflect preparation time. For example, 30 minutes of presentation time will be equal to 1.5 CPD hours.

CPD hours for writing
Writing hours can be credited based on the actual time to produce the final product to a maximum of six hours for each writing project. 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. Credit is available for writing law books, articles, blogs intended for publication and relating to the study or practice of law for one or more of the following audiences:

  • lawyers, paralegals, articling students and/or law school students; or
  • other professions, including students in a licensing program for another profession; or
  • students in another educational program; or
  • the public

but not for writing targeted primarily at clients.

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