In contrast to traditional bar admission courses and law schools, the CPLED Program uses a competency based evaluation system. A competency based approach to evaluation stresses the ability to demonstrate the skills required of an entry-level general practitioner, rather than being able to achieve a particular grade on an exam or meet certain target hours of work.
What does it mean to be “Competent”?
As members of the legal profession, lawyers are held to a high standard. The public trusts that lawyers will not only know the law, but will have the skills and practical knowledge and experience to help them resolve or work through their issues and problems. A competent entry-level general practitioner should be able to meet this expectation.
To ensure consistent standards across the provinces, the CPLED Program is based on a Competency Profile for an entry level practitioner. This profile is based on the standards of competency found in the National Entry to Practice Competency Profile for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries. Applicants for admission to the profession must demonstrate that they possess the core skills and knowledge necessary to practice law competently. Members of the legal profession are also expected to be of good character.
Students participating in the CPLED Program must demonstrate competency under three major categories:
- Substantive Legal Knowledge
- (possession of) Skills
- (ability to perform) Tasks