Approximately every three years, law firms (including sole practices) review and assess their Management Systems for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP).
The self-assessment program is a central feature of the Society’s ‘Triple P’ (proactive, principled and proportionate) approach to regulating law firms. The primary goal of the self-assessment is educational.
It asks you to examine your practice management systems and evaluate the extent to which your practices (i.e. policies, processes, and ways of doing things – both written and unwritten) support core areas of professional, ethical firm practice.
There are three main components:
- The online Self-Assessment Tool (“SAT”): The mandatory portion of the self-assessment program, which sole practitioners and lawyers complete every three years (Regulations 4.6 & 8.3)
- The MSELP Workbook: An additional and optional tool designed to assist lawyers and firms who want to engage more deeply in the self-assessment exercise. The workbook is not submitted to the Society – it is for your use only and can be a useful practice tool outside of the self-assessment process. It includes direct links to many online practice tools and resources.
- Follow up and Legal Services Support: After completing your self-assessment, Legal Services Support will follow up and direct you to tools and resources that might help in addressing any identified priority areas for development.
MSELP Documents & Resources
One of the benefits of the self-assessment program is the Society’s Resource Portal. This portal is a growing, shared community of practice resources.
Questions & Support?
Contact the Society’s Legal Services Support at any time to discuss MSELP and your practice support needs at LSS@nsbs.org.