Continuing Education for Lawyers - Manitoba

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Administrative Policies

Commencing January 1, 2012 practising lawyers must complete one hour of eligible continuing professional development activities for each month in a calendar year during which they maintained active practising status. If a lawyer maintained active practising status for three or more months in the calendar year, one and a half hours of the total hours must relate to ethics, professional responsibility or practice management.

The Benchers of the Law Society approved Guiding Principles for Mandatory Professional Development. The following administrative policies will assist lawyers to meet the requirements and will promote consistent interpretation of the guidelines.

Calculation of CPD Hours

To calculate eligible CPD hours:

  • Refreshment breaks may be included
  • Lunch breaks may only be included when there is a luncheon speaker and only for the time allocated for the speaker’s presentation
  • Time may be rounded up to the nearest quarter of an hour

Carryover of CPD Hours to the Immediate Next Year

The CEO of the Law Society has pre-approved the Federation of Law Societies’ Family Law Program and Criminal Law Program for carryover of up to 12 hours of CPD to the immediate next year. This may include a carryover of up to 1.5 hours for ethics, professional responsibility and practice management. Individual lawyers do not need to request pre-approval for carryover.

CPD Hours for Presentation Preparation

Actual presentation time will be multiplied by a factor of three to reflect preparation time. For example, 30 minutes of presentation time will be equal to 1.5 CPD hours.

CPD Hours for Writing

Writing hours can be credited based on the actual time to produce the final product to a maximum of six hours for each writing project. Credit is available for volunteer or part-time writing only, and not for writing that is done as a part of the lawyer’s regular employment. Credit is available for writing law books, articles, blogs intended for publication and relating to the study or practice of law for one or more of the following audiences:

  • lawyers, paralegals, articling students and/or law school students; or
  • other professions, including students in a licensing program for another profession; or
  • students in another educational program; or
  • the public

but not for writing targeted primarily at clients.

The Law Society of Manitoba

Mailing Address

219 Kennedy St
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1S8 - MAP
Telephone: 204-942-5571
Facsimile: 204-956-0624