As it prepares to redesign the paralegal licensing exam, the Law Society of Upper Canada wants to hear from professionals about competencies for new paralegals.
The primary focus of the current examination is professional responsibility, ethics and practice management. A new paralegal exam format, which includes substantive law questions will be introduced with the August 2015 writing of the exam.
The Law Society has been working with psychometricians and experienced paralegal practitioners, to develop new substantive law competencies. Now it is time for paralegals to help validate the competencies that will be examined in the multiple-choice session, by taking a two-part online survey.
Results will be used to determine the most critical and frequently performed competencies required by an entry-level paralegal. Certain skills have been included because they are critical to entry-level performance, the Law Society notes.
While the survey takes 60-90 minutes to complete, paralegals can start and stop, then return to where they left off. That way, the entire set of questions does not need to be done at one sitting.
Surveys must be completed by Oct. 1.