Recognized CLE Categories

Eligible CLE activities are those activities that are set out in the Rules of the Society. The Executive is authorized to approve activities that contain significant substantive or practical content, with the primary objective of protection of the public by increasing the lawyer’s professional competence, in relation to any of the following topics: 

Culture Care & Relations

Cultural Competency

Language Training

Member Wellness

Professional Responsibility & Ethics

Practice & Standards Management

Substantive Legal or Procedural Issues

Any Other Topics Approved by the Executive

The Executive will not approve activities relating to the following:

  • Activities designed for or targeted at clients
  • Topics relating to law firm marketing or profit maximization
  • Activities prepared and delivered in the ordinary and usual course of practice

Members are responsible for ensuring that the CLE activities they report meet the criteria listed above.

A member can have a particular activity approved in advance by the Executive by sending an email to rleclerc@lawsociety.nu.ca requesting that the activity be approved. Requests will be reviewed every 15th of the month with a follow-up response by the last day of the month.

CLE hours approved by another Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association, a law firm, a legal department, a government agency or department, or a practice group of any of those entities can also be applied to the LSN CLE requirements.

Ratio

Hour of Activity: Eligible CLE Hour

Recognized CLE Activities

Maximum

Eligible CLE Hours

1:1

Educational Training

9 CLE Hours

1:1

Group Study

6 CLE Hours

1:1

Cultural Competency

3 CLE Hours

1:1

Member Wellness

3 CLE Hours

1:1

Nunavut Official Language Training

3 CLE Hours

1:1

Pro Bono (LSN Access to Justice Program)

3 CLE Hours

1:1

Restricted Self Study

6 CLE Hours

1:1

Unrestricted Self Study

2 CLE Hours

1:2*

Invited Speaker – Law-Related Event

4 CLE Hours

1:2*

Moot Court (Coaching or Judging)

4 CLE Hours

1:2*

Teaching a Course on a volunteer or part-time basis (not as part of full time or regular employment)

4 CLE Hours

*These activities were given a 1:2 ratio to reflect preparation time.

The purpose of setting limits and maximum hours of activity is to ensure that the members have a balanced and diverse approach to completing their CLE requirements.

Examples: 
Participating in a Nunavut Official Language training activity for 2 hours will be counted as 2 eligible CLE hours (ratio 1:1) 
Teaching a course for 2 hours will be counted as 4 eligible CLE hours (ratio 1:2)

Description of Recognized CLE Activity

Participating in a training program provided by a law association or employer that does not otherwise qualified as “Group Study” and where questions can be asked and answered on real time.  

Examples: 

  • Trial Advocacy Program
  • Trauma-Informed training 
  • Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Violence : Overview of legal framework
     

An educational activity where interaction and discussion are available to a group of participants. 

Examples: 

  • Participating in real time in a program set in a classroom-like setting such as a conference, seminar or webinar or teleconferences where questions can be asked and answered 
  • Participating in a group discussion focused on the development and sharing of information on specific practice areas 
     

Activities 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.
     

Examples: 

  • Training on discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the pan-Asian legal community
  • Participating in a group discussion on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit 
     

Activities that 

  • engages lawyers in the practice of healthy habits in order to attain better physical and mental health outcomes 

Examples:

Content that

  • engages lawyers to develop & improve language skills

Participating in approved under the LSN’s Access to Justice Program.

An educational gain through one’s independent means by using material or programs specifically designed for professional development or legal education.

Examples: 
  • Participating in self-directed online programs
  • Reviewing recorded seminar 
  • Legal writing if the tended readers are not a specific client
     

An educational gain through one’s independent means

Examples: 
  • Reading journals and informative publications
  • Listening to a podcast from a recognized organization related to the practice of law 
     

Be invited to give a speech on a topic related to law. This can be virtually or face-to-face.

Taking part in a simulated or arbitration proceedings as a coach or as a judge. 

Teaching a legal course or professional education course that is primarily intended to:

  • the general public;
  • lawyers;
  • paralegals; and/or 
  • articling students.

The courses cannot be targeted primarily at clients. 

Credit is available for volunteer or part-time teaching only – when it is not a regular feature of the lawyer’s employment.