BENEFITS FOR THE WIDER LEGAL COMMUNITY

T he new intensive program of professional training at the École du Barreau, which is set to take place next August, is attracting a great deal of interest among members of the current legal community … and in the making!

The anticipated benefits for the profession and the market are confirmed as the orientations, contents and modalities of the program are presented to the parties concerned.

 

Law School Director Lise Tremblay Answers Questions from University of Montreal Faculty of Law Students 
Law School Director Lise Tremblay Answers Questions from University of Montreal Faculty of Law Students

Thus, as part of its information campaign on the new program, the director of the Bar School, M e  Lise Tremblay , toured the six law faculties of universities to meet third-year students and the leaders of the student associations.

These meetings made it possible to present the ins and outs of the new program and to answer students' questions.

A video featuring testimonials from law practitioners from law firms, corporations, governments, and the academic community also helped demonstrate to students and future lawyers that the changes made: 1) respond to market needs, such as: they have been expressed through consultations and surveys with members of the School's legal community, academic community and current students; 2) stand out even more from university training by focusing on the development of intellectual skills (know-how) and social skills ("savoir-être"); and 3) enable young professionals in the making to be even better prepared to meet the demands and needs of their future clients and employers,

The questions allowed M e  Tremblay to reaffirm the nature and impact of the changes, and this both for students and for firms and all members of the legal community.

Number of teaching hours

The new intensive program includes the number of hours of training required (approximately 310 hours compared to 340 for the current program), which will be delivered over an intensive period of four months instead of eight. This way of proceeding, according to the experts consulted, allows the student to better concentrate on the subject and facilitates the assimilation of knowledge.

 

The university tour conducted by the director of the École du Barreau allowed students to obtain an answer to their questions 
The university tour conducted by the director of the École du Barreau allowed students to obtain an answer to their questions

The student will be able to choose between the fall session and the winter session. The fact that the program is now offered in intensive form could reduce opportunities for employment during vocational training. In this regard, M e  Tremblay recalled " that the student must give their all for 80 days in order to perform well during a career that can span more than 30 years: the compromise appears to me that reasonable, but the choice remains that of the student. "

Internships

Two courses of the same duration will still be possible, as is currently the case. The dates of the courses are only slightly modified compared to the current situation. As part of the new program, students will be able to begin their internship in January and June, while currently, it is in November and May that begin the internships.

Admission

All eligible students who meet the usual regulatory requirements for admission (diploma, declaration of eligibility pronounced by the Licensing Committee and payment of tuition fees) may begin the intensive program upon leaving the university, after having been the subject of a diagnostic evaluation of their skills.

Diagnostic Evaluation

It is not a condition of admission, but rather a mandatory step in the training process that allows the student and the School to have a portrait of the skills and knowledge that each student possesses. student at his entrance to the School.

This portrait will also allow the student to make a choice regarding his or her training path, whether or not he / she will take the preparatory courses offered by the School.

Preparatory courses

In order to better prepare young legal professionals, the Bar School will offer them an additional training opportunity.

Preparatory courses for vocational training will be given to those who wish, and recommended to some.

Course content

The course content has been reviewed to better respond to current and future market needs. They will be almost entirely focused on the practical development of skills, with particular emphasis on ethics, professional ethics and practice.

Evaluation

The evaluation will be in continuous mode, which is consistent with the competency-based approach and the reality of the legal world. Assessment of competency acquisition will be gradual, through individual and team work, oral and written assessments, and a final exam.

swearing

All students who have successfully completed their professional training program will be sworn in the same calendar year, whether they have registered for the fall or winter semester.

Avery Sanders