Continuing Professional Development
The new CPD declaration period is from July 1 - September 30, 2017. Remember to check with your plan and reflect on your progress through the lawyer portal.
At their September 2016 meeting, the Benchers approved two changes to the Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD). The first change shifts the annual deadline for CPD declarations from March 15th to September 30th. The second change improves program accountability through the implementation of an administrative suspension for failure to declare a plan. Read more in the October 14, 2016 eBulletin.
You can access your CPD profile to view, update and monitor your annual CPD Plan activities. For further information, please contact the CPD Department at 403.229.4766 or toll free at 1.800.661.9003 or via email.
The Law Society of Alberta’s CPD Program is a regulatory program of the Law Society. It is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers in Alberta to annually make a CPD Plan declaration.
The CPD Program is a flexible and convenient method to ensure lawyers meet their professional duty of competence and meets the Law Society’s public interest mandate by implementing a regulatory program to ensure the ongoing competence and professionalism of lawyers in Alberta. The Law Society of Alberta regulates lawyers in the public interest. It is important to be accountable and demonstrate to the public that lawyers maintain and strive for high levels of professionalism and competence in the practice of law. The Law Society of Alberta is committed to self-regulation of the legal profession, and to establishing the highest standards of governance and protection of the public.
CPD General Information
Although there is no mandatory minimum hourly requirement, the annual planning, declaration and implementation of a CPD Plan is mandatory for all active lawyers practising in Alberta.
Beginning in 2017, lawyers who do not develop and declare a CPD plan by the September 30th deadline will be administratively suspended. View the October 14, 2016 eBulletin for more information on this change
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