Continuing Education for Lawyers - British Columbia

The Law Society of British Columbia

Professional development remains voluntary in BC, but the Benchers urge lawyers to target a minimum of 12 hours of coursework and 50 hours of self-study each year.

The Law Society requires that, each calendar year, all practising BC lawyers complete and report completion online of at least 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in accredited educational activities.

At least two of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.

If you do not complete the CPD by December 31, a late fee of $500 (plus tax applies) (Rule 3-18.4(1)).

If you do not report completion of the CPD by December 31, a late fee of $200 (plus tax) applies (Rule 3-18.4(3)).

If you do not complete and report completion by April 1 of the following year, you will be suspended until all required professional development is completed. Lawyers receive 60 days prior notice of the suspension (Rule 18.5).

Find out more about approved learning activities
(courses, study groups, section meetings, teaching, writing and mentoring).

Log in to record credits.

Who can apply for approval of a course?

  • Lawyers can log in and apply for approval of a course before or after they attend it
  • Education providers can become a CPD Provider and apply for approval of courses

Carryover of extra credits

You are not entitled to carry over to the next year any CPD credits.

For More Information

For more information, contact Member Services at 604.605.5311 or cpd@lsbc.org.