Mandatory Legal Education is a Step in the Right Direction

27(44) Lawyers Weekly, 2008

3 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2012

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Richard Devlin

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Date Written: March 28, 2008

Abstract

For decades, and from sea to sea to sea, many Canadian lawyers have resisted and ridiculed mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE). But the winds of change are blowing from the West.

As of January 2009 all lawyers in British Columbia will be obliged to complete 12 hours of “continuing professional development” per year. While some other provinces have imposed mandatory reporting obligations for CLE, British Columbia is the first to grasp the nettle and make actual participation in CLE mandatory. There are a number of compelling reasons for concluding that this is a very good thing.

Keywords: mandatory, education, professional development, continuing education, British Columbia, MCLE

Suggested Citation

Devlin, Richard and Downie, Jocelyn, Mandatory Legal Education is a Step in the Right Direction (March 28, 2008). 27(44) Lawyers Weekly, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103571

Richard Devlin (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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