The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is a professional organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for lawyers. The CBA represents more than 37,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada. The CBA is committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protecting the independence of the judiciary and the Bar.


The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario, and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

The Law Society regulates, licenses and disciplines Ontario’s more than 44,000 lawyers and over 4,200 licensed paralegals pursuant to the Law Society Act and the Law Society's rules, regulations and guidelines.

Law Society of Ontario


Professional Development, or PD, is defined by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as the maintenance and enhancement of a lawyer’s professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and ethics throughout the individual’s career.

Every lawyer licensed to practise in Ontario must complete 12 hours of CPD each year, including a minimum of 3 Professionalism Hours devoted to topics of ethics, professionalism and/or practice management and 9 Substantive Hours.



OBA Sections are 38 practice-specific groups that hold frequent educational programs, and provide a wealth of current and substantive legal information for today's lawyers.

Section members receive articles and news specific to their area of practice. Members are notified of upcoming professional development programs, networking events and will be advised when program materials and video-streams are available.



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