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Western Canadian law societies collaborate on competency profile to elevate legal practice standards

by HR Law Canada

The Law Societies of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have joined hands in a collaborative effort to develop the Western Canada Competency Profile (WCCP). This ambitious initiative aims to establish a standardized set of competencies required for entry into legal practice, with the ultimate goal of enhancing lawyer competence and ensuring the highest level of service to the public in Manitoba and beyond.

To spearhead this crucial work, a dedicated WCCP Task Force has been assembled, comprising practitioners, educators, benchers, articling supervisors, and other key stakeholders from the four provinces. The task force will be overseen by an Advisory Committee, which includes representation from each of the participating Law Societies.

The WCCP Task Force has already initiated consultations with significant stakeholders to gather valuable insights and expertise. These consultations will play a crucial role in shaping the competencies identified within the profile and contribute to the overall success of this pioneering initiative.

The Western Canada Competency Profile will serve as a comprehensive guide to the essential skills and knowledge required of legal professionals as they embark on their careers. By setting clear standards for entry into the legal practice, the WCCP intends to raise the bar for lawyer training and education, ensuring lawyers are equipped to meet the evolving demands of the legal landscape and provide exemplary service to the public.

The project’s scope extends to encompass diverse perspectives and experiences, as representatives from different provinces and facets of the legal profession come together to create a well-rounded and inclusive competency profile.

Rennie Stonyk, a key contact for this transformative initiative, welcomes inquiries and can be reached at [email protected] for more information.

The Law Societies are optimistic that this collaborative effort will yield a finalized Western Canada Competency Profile by the spring of 2024. This profile is expected to serve as a crucial tool in shaping the future of legal education and professional development, ultimately fostering a more competent and responsive legal community in the region and ensuring the public’s best interests are well-served.

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