French LPP boosts Ontario’s Francophone community

Posted on: February 17th, 2018 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) French Law Practice Program (LPP) is a boost to the province’s French-speaking bar and broader francophone community, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

The program, offered by the common law section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, is a recognized alternative route to articling — the 10-month process that traditionally serves as the bridge between law school and licensed practice.

It operates entirely in French — the English-language equivalent LPP is run by Ryerson University in Toronto.

The innovative French program is split into an educational component, where candidates receive training in various areas of practice before a four-month work placement gives them more hands-on practical experience.

“It’s a great program for francophone candidates,” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish.

“It’s very important to have an alternative to articling available for French-speaking candidates,” she adds, noting francophone postings are particularly hard to come by.

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