Bar Admission Course and Examination (CPLED)

The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education's (CPLED) Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) is the bar admission course that is offered to students-at-law in the Territory. This course satisfies the bar admission course requirement, and its final capstone assessment satisfies the bar admissions examination requirement.

A law degree is only the first step towards becoming a professional lawyer who is ready to be called to the Bar. The Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) will help students-at-law gain practical legal knowledge and gain competencies in lawyer skills, practice management, professional ethics, as well as the personal attributes needed to successfully practice law in Canada.

Today’s lawyers need to do more than understand the law. In order to thrive in a professional legal environment, they must build strong relationships, demonstrate empathy and compassion, communicate effectively, manage their time and their practice, make ethical value-based decisions, and build trust.

Built on best practices from around the world, PREP delivers these practical skills and competencies in a consistent, integrated approach that combines interactive, transactional learning and simulation within four distinct phases. Three educational phases (Foundation Modules, Foundation Workshops and Virtual Law Firm) and one evaluative phase (Capstone).

PREP consists of 12 online self-directed modules that provide a foundation in all the PREP competencies. Throughout the modules, students-at-law will complete quizzes, activities, assignments and reflections.

  • The Effective Lawyer
  • Professional Ethics and Character
  • Indigenous Law, Cultures and People
  • Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Drafting
  • Client Relationship Management
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Advocacy
  • Practice Management
  • Technology and the Future of Legal Practice

Through these modules, students-at-law will have an opportunity to develop and assess their skills, building a strong foundation from which to tackle increasing complexity as they progress through the program.

Students-at-law come together in a live online environment for five consecutive days and interact with each other and their Facilitators through interactive workshops that focus on experiential learning that includes role-playing in the areas of interviewing, negotiating, and advocacy. Students-at-law will also participate in workshops that address ethical, client management and practice management scenarios.

The focus is on integrating knowledge and skills development in social environments, getting feedback, and applying what they learned in the Foundation Modules. The workshops will prepare students-at-law to manage a legal matter during the next phase.

Students-at-law will put their foundational training to the test, working as a lawyer in a Virtual Law Firm, students-at-law will manage multiple aspects of a legal file throughout its life cycle in an online environment. They will work through three legal matters comprised of three practice areas: business law, criminal law, and family law.

Students-at-law will complete and submit various deliverables during each legal rotation, such as Simulated Client interviews, oral advocacy, negotiation, legal writing, research, legal drafting, ethics and client relationship management. All while receiving feedback from trained Assessors and coaching on the development of their competencies. Students-at-law will also receive coaching and mentoring from their Practice Manager during each rotation.

In this final evaluation, students-at-law will demonstrate their skills and competencies in one final simulated transaction over four consecutive days. They will complete tasks demonstrating your competence in decision-making, provide their client with ethical and professional representation and use the appropriate case management and technical tools to guide their work. 

The program builds on each prior phase, building in complexity and requiring them to develop competencies through tasks that assess not just their knowledge, but how to apply their lawyer and practice management skills and demonstrate professionalism, ethics, and values.

PREP takes students-at-law from just reading about legal activities to carrying them out themselves within the simulations, playing out real-life scenarios and learning from their successes and mistakes.

Combined with articling, and their legal education, PREP prepares students-at-law to meet the highest standards of lawyer skills, practice management, professional ethics, and good character.