Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

A revised CLE policy has been approved during the 2020-21 LSN AGM.

All practising members of the Law Society of Nunavut are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of eligible continuing legal education in each calendar year.

At least one hour of activity must be devoted to professional responsibility & ethics and one hour devoted to cultural competency

Professional Responsibility & Ethics 

Content focusing on the professional and ethical practice of law, including:

Cultural Competency

Content that:

  • engages lawyers with the broader questions of culture and differences in order to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion;
  • provides lawyers with a set of skills, behaviours, attitudes, and knowledge that enable them to provide services that are appropriate to a diverse range of clients. 

Lawyers who are practising members of the Society for less than 12 months during a calendar year are required to complete 1 hour of eligible CLE for each full or partial calendar month during which the member was engaged in the practice of law in Nunavut (active status). 

If a member is unable to complete the requirements, they must enter their reasons in their online CLE Report where indicated. Those reasons will have to be accepted by the Executive.

Members report their hours of eligible CLE each year as part of the annual membership renewal process through their online CLE Report. 

Please note that you always have access to your online CLE Report to allow you to compile your hours as you go. To access your CLE Report, log into your member account and click on Renew Membership. Create a new renewal form and fill up the CLE section. Don’t forget to save your information after each session. You will be able to retrieve your completed renewal form afterwards. 

For more information, you can consult the following document and video explaining the step-by-step procedure to report your hours in your CLE Report.
 

Exemptions

Members who are exempt from complying with CLE requirements will identify their exemption in their CLE Report

Members who complete the bar admission program and are admitted to the Society are not required to report any CLE activities in respect to the year of admission.

  • The CLE requirement takes effect for the first full calendar year starting on January 1st, immediately following your call to the Bar. 

For example: if you completed a bar admission program and were admitted to the LSN in 2021, you are not required to report any CLE activities for licence renewal in 2022 (in respect to the year 2021), but will be required to report 12 hours for licence renewal in 2023 (in respect to the year 2022).

Lawyers who have been or are members of a law society in another jurisdiction must complete one hour of eligible CLE for each full or partial month in the practice of law from the time of their call to the LSN until the end of that calendar year.

For example: if you were or are currently a member of the Law Society of Ontario and become a member of the LSN at any date in July 2021, you must complete 6 hours of CLE activities for licence renewal in 2022.

  • Those hours don’t necessarily have to reflect the requirements regarding professional responsibility & ethics as well as cultural competency.

Inactive members do not have to complete CLE activities.

However, members who change their status from inactive to active shall complete one hour of eligible CLE for each full or partial month from the effective date of their change to the end of that calendar year.

For example: If your membership status effectively changes from inactive to active at any date in September 2021, you must complete 4 hours of CLE activities for licence renewal in 2022.

  • Those hours don’t necessarily have to reflect the requirements regarding professional responsibility & ethics as well as cultural competency.

The same principle will apply in situations where members cease their practice of law. They shall complete one hour of eligible CLE for each full or partial month from the beginning of the year to the effective date of their change. 

For example: If your membership status effectively changes from active to inactive at any date in March 2021, you must complete 3 hours of CLE activities and report them when you cease your practice. 

  • Those hours don’t necessarily have to reflect the requirements regarding professional responsibility & ethics as well as cultural competency.

Members who were on leave or unable to practise because of illness or for any other reason acceptable to the Executive are exempt for the period during the illness or leave. 

For example: if you were on parental leave or off work due to illness for six complete months in 2021, you must complete only 6 hours of eligible CLE for licence renewal in 2022.

  • Those hours don’t necessarily have to reflect the requirements regarding professional responsibility & ethics as well as cultural competency.

Members who are subject to comparable CLE requirements in another jurisdiction are not required to undertake additional CLE activity, as long as they have one hour devoted to professional responsibility & ethics and one hour devoted to cultural competency.

For example: If you are a member of the Law Society of Ontario and have fulfilled the LSO’s 12 hours of CLE requirements, which include 3 hours dedicated to professional responsibility and ethics, you are simply required to undertake one hour devoted to cultural competency to fulfill the LSN’s CLE requirements. You must also report the activities you have completed for the LSO on your online CLE Report (as part of your licence renewal application).