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Legal Research Survival Guide, Part 5 – CPD/CLE materials: Field notes at your finger tips

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Every year, lawyers and paralegals who are practising law or providing legal services in Ontario must complete at least twelve continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Formerly called Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Ontario, it is known by either name in other jurisdictions. The Great Library collects CPD/CLE print materials made available from select providers such as the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and LawPro.

CPD materials are available on a wide range of topics throughout practice areas, including Business Law, Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Litigation, Will & Estates, etc. CPD/CLE materials are a great way to keep up to date on emerging legal issues such as fintech, cannabis, and new legislation. Also, they can act as refreshers or introductory overviews of major legal topics in a given field. For example, the library has access to program materials such as the Ontario Bar Association’s Construction Law Primer and the Law Society of Ontario’s Real Estate Refresher 2018, both of which pull together articles that highlight some of the core issues and topics in their respective fields.

While most CPD/CLE materials are found in print-format on the Great Library’s 1st floor, full-text CPD papers from Law Society of Ontario programs since 2004 can be accessed remotely for free via AccessCLE. Also, you can search our catalogue under the CPD tab on the Great Library homepage.

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