The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) is committed to continuously enhancing and evolving the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) to be recognized as a “best-in-class” Bar admission program. To achieve this, CPLED is engaging with key stakeholders to gather information on potential skill gaps experienced by lawyers who have been called to the Bar in the last five years. CPLED has contracted ACT to facilitate and analyze the feedback received to provide a report that CPLED will use to update PREP for implementation in their Summer 2024 program.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization with a 60+ year history of helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT’s Credentialing and Career Services team works with organizations that educate, train, and assess competencies for practice in professions including law, nursing, veterinary medicine, and psychology. Their expertise is in research to identify and validate the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for success in job roles or professions. Recent engagements include work with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Law Society of Alberta.
On behalf of CPLED, ACT will conduct a series of virtual focus groups with lawyers who have been called to the Bar in the past five years, Principals and firm articling supervisors. The focus groups will be 90-minutes and take place in June of 2022. During the sessions, participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on PREP and the competencies necessary for success in early practice.
Sessions for Nova Scotia participants will be held at the following times:
Principals and Firm Articling Supervisor
- Thursday, June 16, 2022, from noon to 1:30 p.m. AT
- Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. AT
- Wednesday, June 8, 2022, from noon to 1:30 p.m. AT
- Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. AT
If you are interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey by Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The information provided will be used by ACT only to coordinate the virtual focus groups. The data will not be shared with CPLED.
ACT will notify selected individuals by Friday, May 27. If more people express interest than can be accommodated, ACT will make selections to balance the representation of practice settings, professional background, and demographic characteristics.
If selected, you will:
- Prepare for the focus group by reviewing the discussion questions in advance
- Commit to a 90-minute web-based focus group session
- Be willing to engage in discussion with other lawyers during the webinar
The ACT will record the focus groups to fill in any gaps in their notes after the session concludes. ACT will not share the recordings with CPLED. They will destroy the audio files within one month of the meeting date.
In addition, all feedback obtained during the session will be anonymized in the report ACT submits to CPLED. Names will not be attached to specific comments made.
CPLED welcomes your potential participation in this critical project. Please reach out to Dr. Patricia Muenzen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.