Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Mandatory CPD Requirements

Lawyers are required to complete 12 hours of professional development activities per year (or one hour per month of active practice).

If you are a practising member for three or more months in a year, then 1 ½ hours of your CPD must be related to ethics, professional responsibility or practice management.

In exceptional circumstances, the Chief Executive Officer may permit you to carryover no more than 12 hours of CPD to the following year. (e.g. pursuing a Masters of Law Degree or completing the Federation of Law Societies’ Criminal Law or Family Law Program).

Reporting Requirements

You are required to track your CPD activities for the calendar year and record them in your CPD tracker which is due on April 1st each year. You will be asked to report:

• Number of hours dedicated to the educational activity (exclude social aspects and lunch hours)
• Name of the provider
• Type of activity (in person; on-line; written materials)
• Your role (presenter; learner; author)
• Subject matter (area of substantive law; ethics, practice management, professional responsibility)
• Primary audience (lawyer, law students, support staff)

When requested by the Law Society, you will be required to produce all documents to substantiate the completion of your CPD activities.

If you registered and attended a program offered by The Law Society of Manitoba, this activity will be recorded in your Member Portal CPD Tracking by the Law Society.

Qualifying Activities

Eligible CPD activities must meet all of the following requirements:

• Relate to substantive, procedural or practical aspects of law, including law office management
• Not relate to a specific client file
• Not relate to purely business or social aspects of an activity

While the Law Society does not accredit providers, typical eligible CPD activities include:

• Live programs, workshops and conferences offered by The Law Society of Manitoba, the Canadian Bar Association, regional bar associations, the Federation of Law Societies and other continuing legal education providers
• In-house legal education programs offered by law firms and legal departments
• Interactive on-line programs
• Video and DVD replay of programs offered in an organized group setting
• Organized education discussion groups such as MBA section meetings
• Post LL.B or JD degree programs
• Teaching (including preparation time) in CPLED, CPD sessions or at the Faculty of Law

Self-study does not qualify as an eligible activity unless:

• They are on-line “real time” activities or webinars where questions can be asked and answered;
• They are non real time on-line activities if a test or examination is included; or
• Where exceptional circumstances prevent you from accessing CPD programming (e.g. distance, physical disability, lack of relevant options)

Writing is an eligible CPD activity with some restrictions. You can be credited for the actual time to produce the final product, up to a maximum of 6 hours for each writing project, except for writing for your employment or for clients.

Credit is available for writing law books, articles and blogs intended for publication and relating to the study or practice of law for the following audiences:

• Lawyers, paralegals, articling students or law school students
• Other professions, including students in a licensing program
• Students in another education program
• The public

Additional Credit

If you are a presenter at a CPD activity, you will be credited for additional CPD hours, calculated at three times the presentation time to reflect preparation time. For example, 1 hour of presentation time will be credited with 3 CPD hours.

Non-Compliance

Failure to complete and report the required annual mandatory continuing professional development hours will result in the issuance of a 60 day notice that you comply. If you fail to comply within 60 days, you will be automatically suspended from practice until you have satisfied the MCPD requirements and have paid a reinstatement fee. (See Law Society Rule 2-81.1(12))

Failure to comply may also result in a referral to the complaints investigation committee for its consideration.