Funding for Programme de pratique du droit renewed for five more years!

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, is pleased to confirm that funding for the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD) has been renewed until 2025.

The program is offered at only two Ontario universities, the University of Ottawa (in French) and Ryerson University (in English). It offers those who hold an undergraduate law degree (JD or the equivalent) a pathway to licensing through the Law Society of Ontario. Established as a pilot project in 2013, the program has been an unqualified success — it is being offered for a seventh consecutive year. 

The PPD at uOttawa is known for its rich content, rigorous and full training, and personalized approach that enables each candidate to be closely supervised during this stage of his or her development. The program was created in French by francophones in the field to prepare future lawyers to better serve their community and excel in their career in both official languages. It builds on a network of over 300 lawyers from Ontario’s francophone community and brings practical benefits to the community (for example, legal clinics).

The University of Ottawa and Ryerson University have both developed their programs according to their communities’ requirements and their own values. They offer different training that meets the diverse needs of the Ontario legal community.

With the evolution of the legal profession, candidates must have the benefit of good alternative solutions to the regular licensing process, to acquire the skills they seek.  Today, legal careers no longer follow a straight path — those in the profession have a multitude of job possibilities.  

“The Law Society is pleased to support the Law Practice Program and Programme de pratique du droit (LPP/PPD).The LPP and PPD are innovative programs that have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of offering multiple licensing pathways, while upholding rigorous competence standards. The programs are responsive to the access to justice needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

  • Sheena Weir, executive director, external relations and communications, Law Society of Ontario

Congratulations to all those — professors, members of the Ontario francophone legal community, students and support staff — who have contributed to the success of the Programme de pratique du droit. This funding renewal speaks to your success.

To all lawyers who want to have an impact on tomorrow’s legal profession: make the most of the training, talks and networking opportunities the PPD offers!

And to graduates who wish to enjoy the richest, fullest experience with an eye towards licensing or would like to develop hands-on skills to stand out in the job market: the PPD might just be the ideal solution for you. Learn more about the PPD or email Christiane Saad  at



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