The One & Only Paralegal News Source – July 31

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Paralegal Simon Brown’s Favourite Marketing & Management Resources for the Pod-Curious

“Don’t Let Law Schooling Get In the Way of Your Legal Education”

    ~ Bastardization of a quote attributed to Mark Twain.


We live in a wonderful age of information. Access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and legal research can be done at the touch of a button or screen. Substantive law and professionalism are offered by our colleges, associations, societies, and the regulator. But there is precious little about advocacy, legal marketing, and practice management out there to help you sharpen your skills.

Fortunately, the gap has been bridged by entrepreneurial lawyers and legal educators through the use of blogs and podcasts. I’ve assembled a list of them that I use on a regular basis. Most of these are based in the United States, but there is a universality that cannot be denied.

CanLII and CanLII Connects are free Canadian legal information sources. They reach a wide audience of legal services providers, law students and the general public. Recent content particularly relevant for Ontario paralegals:

See more paralegal-specific cases at the Scope publisher page.


Paralegal Scope Issues in the News

Keep up to date, with news and information for paralegal professionals. Scope provides links to articles selected for their relevance to the paralegal scope of practice. No fluff. No sneaky ads. No hidden charges. Just real news.

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    Paralegal Scope is the only legal media that covers Convocation meetings and Law Society of Upper Canada events for paralegals. Click on a title below to get news briefs about paralegal-specific decisions and reports from the Law Society’s “board of directors.”

Rules of Conduct Changes, Focus on Women Paralegals - June 25 Convocation
Paralegal Competence Update, Convocation Reports - May Convocation
Complaints are Down: Tribunal Committee Report
Regulating Legal Entities -- Plans Moving Forward
Before You Sub-Out, Check Licensee Status -- Recent Suspensions, Revocations
Paralegal Licensing Process Changes

Gossip

You have probably heard the rumours. The August Paralegal Licensing Examination will be impossibly difficult. The exam will be ridiculously easy. The exam location keeps changing. The exam will take two days. The exam is full of “trick questions” written by mean-spirited lawyers.

Such rumours flourish before each session of the licensing exam, one of the last steps in the licensing process developed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Rumours seem particularly rampant this year, as the exam has been updated to reflect substantive law competencies, in addition to ethics and practice management knowledge.

It may be tempting to count on social media for “inside advice” about the new exam, but candidates can rely on facts available from the Law Society and from their paralegal program co-ordinators. Experienced educators and mentors suggest that basing decisions on what someone else heard, or read on social media, will only add unnecessary anxiety.

Paralegal licensing exams ensure that candidates have demonstrated the required entry-level competencies, in order to provide services effectively and in the public interest

“One of the most important strategies that people can do independently is to be very clear on what is rumour and what is fact,” says educator Sandee Sharpe, of PREP Network. “If the Law Society has posted the information, it’s fact. If it’s passed on from person to person, the odds are, it’s a rumour. Any information on pass/fail rates or specific questions are simply rumours and only serve to cause greater anxiety.”

The LSUC licensing exam page has plenty of facts available about the exam, including:

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