The Law Practice Program: Tackling Racial Inequality in the Legal Profession?

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2015-39

Canadian Bar Review, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015 Last revised: 13 Sep 2016

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Michelle Flaherty

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Alain Roussy

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

In 2014, the Law Practice Program (LPP) was introduced in Ontario, creating an alternative to the traditional articling process. The authors consider the demographic make-up of the first cohort of the French LPP and its access to justice implications. Their survey showed that French LPP candidates were overwhelmingly racialized. Moreover, a high percentage of the candidates were 1) born outside of Canada, 2) older than the average law student and 3) male. While the statistical pool is small and although these are very early days for the LPP, the survey results suggest that the traditional articling avenue may not be fully accessible to candidates with certain personal characteristics, and that the LPP may play an important role in addressing some of those barriers. At the same time, however, the authors are concerned that unless special care is taken, the LPP could reinforce some of the existing challenges that racialized lawyers face within the legal profession.

Keywords: access to justice, Law Practice Program, LPP, Law Society of Upper Canada, LSUC, racialized, lawyers, racialized lawyers, French, articling, articles

Suggested Citation

Flaherty, Michelle and Roussy, Alain, The Law Practice Program: Tackling Racial Inequality in the Legal Profession? (December 16, 2015). Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2015-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704440

Michelle Flaherty (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Alain Roussy

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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