Courses

The Law Society of British Columbia offers online courses for lawyers in British Columbia.

Available Courses

  • Practice Management Course

    This course has been developed by the Law Society of British Columbia primarily to assist new lawyers, lawyers practicing alone or in small firms and others to review key practice management topics. The course is not a complete knowledge base for each topic covered, but rather outlines highlights and provides a review of core concepts.

    The Law Society Rules make the course mandatory for:

    • lawyers practicing in a “small firm”, who must complete the course within 6 months after commencing practice in a small firm setting - Law Society Rule 3-28;

    • articled students, who must successfully complete the PMC in order to qualify for call and admission – Law Society Rule 2-76(1)(b.1); or

    • lawyers ordered to complete the PMC by the Practice Standards Committee – Law Society Rule 3-19.

    All lawyers who are obligated to complete the Practice Management Course must certify that the course is complete by logging in to the CPD section of the LSBC website and recording the Practice Management Course as complete. The Law Society monitors the CPD section of the site.

    Lawyers who are not required to take the course as a mandatory condition of practice may take the course for educational purposes and may claim CPD credit according to the time spent taking the course. Click here to find out more about taking the course for CPD credit.

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  • Practice Refresher Course

    Welcome to the Practice Refresher Course. This course has been developed by the Law Society of British Columbia primarily to assist lawyers who wish to resume practice after an absence of one to seven years. The course does not attempt to be a complete knowledge base for each area of law, but rather attempts to capture the highlights of the topics covered and to provide the returning lawyer with a refresher on core concepts, substantial and procedural developments, as well as client and office management.

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  • Communication Toolkit

    Poor communication is a common thread that runs through numerous complaints the Law Society receives about lawyers. This course describes common problem areas and provides examples of how communication can be improved.

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  • Legal Research Essentials: Finding Cases on Point

    A one-hour-long video-based course on using popular research tools to find cases in the context of a specific fact pattern.

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