Professional development

The Society encourages and requires a culture of continual learning within Nova Scotia’s legal profession. Protection of the public is the Society’s core purpose in establishing standards for professional responsibility and ongoing competence of lawyers in an increasingly complex world.

All practising lawyers are required to complete and implement an annual professional development plan, and report they have done so in their Annual Lawyer Reports. See NSBS CPD Requirement and the FAQs for details. Find out more about creating an annual CPD Plan, and access model plans, templates and suggestions for assessing your CPD plan each year.   

The Society also recommends (as it has since 2006) that lawyers engage in at least 50 hours of self-learning/self-study annually, in addition to the mandatory CPD Requirement.

Find CPD opportunities
The Society provides ongoing notices and information about CPD resources but does not accredit programs. Visit the Upcoming events page or the Events calendar for upcoming conferences, seminars, webinars and other offerings. To post a CPD event relevant to the legal profession in Nova Scotia, please fill out the form on our Submit event page.

The Other CPD resources section provides ideas for forming a CPD study group and finding affordable and accessible CPD.  

The Society also continues to offer the Online Land Registration Act Training Program, which is mandatory for all lawyers who wish to use the Property Online system, and other occasional mandatory education as directed by Council. LRA resources are also available online.