CPLED is a non-profit organization mandated with the task of administering one portion of the pre-call process in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The CPLED board of directors is made up of individuals from the three provincial law societies.

Bar admission preparation is comprised of two distinct parts: participation in the bar admission course, and the articling experience in a law firm or organization. The two parts, together, provide the basis for determining whether articling students have met the qualifications for licensing by the Law Society as competent general practice lawyers.

The CPLED Program is the bar admission course in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Students are expected to complete the CPLED program and complete articling requirements.

In Alberta, students will be completing the CPLED Program while articling.

The CPLED Program is delivered through three provincial organizations: the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Law Society of Saskatchewan, and the Law Society of Manitoba. Each of the provinces has a provincial director, who is responsible for administering the CPLED Program in that province. All inquiries about the CPLED Program should be directed to the provincial CPLED office.

Contact Legal Education Society of Alberta

Contact The Law Society of Saskatchewan

Contact Law Society of Manitoba

The pre-call process is multifaceted (three-fold) with an emphasis placed on self learning. Students are expected to draw on the knowledge gained in law school, through their articling experience and the CPLED program to develop the skills required by the Law Societies.

Focus of the CPLED Program

The emphasis of the CPLED Program is on building and assessing the skills that research has shown are essential for a lawyer in the first five years of practice. Students will be expected to develop their lawyering skills and to apply the law through solving the problems of fictional clients.

The skills emphasized in the CPLED Program are:

  • problem-solving
  • legal research
  • interviewing and advising
  • negotiating
  • advocacy and alternative dispute resolution
  • writing
  • drafting
  • time management
  • practice management
  • ethics and professionalism