Change is on the horizon: CPLED Update

The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) will be launching the new Skills Course, PREP in June 2020 for articling clerks in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. The Practice Readiness Education Program or PREP is an innovative program that provides the lawyers of tomorrow with the skills to thrive in a professional legal environment.

To better accommodate students and firms, CPLED will be offering two intakes each year to the program, students can begin in either June or December.


Registration for PREP will open on Monday, March 2 on CPLED’s website. This may be a change for some jurisdictions as students will need to register with CPLED directly for their Bar admission program and with their law society for student membership.

Admission Requirements

Students will need to provide proof of a Canadian common law degree or certificate of qualification (CQ) from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

PREP is intended to be completed while students are articling, however, students** can enroll and begin the online Foundation Modules, phase one, prior to securing an articling position.

All PREP students must, however, secure and start their articling position as well as register with a CPLED participating law society before the end of phase one, Foundation Modules.

For more information on admission requirements and starting PREP prior to securing an articling position, visit CPLED’s website.

**Please note: The NSBS is currently reviewing their rules to decide if students can begin PREP prior to becoming articled clerks with the Society.

Program Cost

The total program cost for PREP is $6,100. What you may not know is this cost is subsidized by CPLED’s participating law societies.

For Nova Scotia articled clerks, the Society 2020/2021 is offering a subsidy of $2,350 towards PREP tuition for 2020/2021. The remaining tuition fees students will be responsible for is $3,750. Payment plan options are available.

For more information on the cost structure of PREP tuition fees, visit CPLED’s website.

Looking for more information on PREP, admission requirements, program costs and registration? Watch this video, hosted Dr. Kara Mitchelmore, CEO of CPLED.