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Lawyers are ethically bound to
stay current with legal developments through
continuing legal education (CLE). In some
jurisdictions, CLE is mandatory. The papers presented
at CLE seminars are usually a good source of practical
legal research, often on important new cases or
legislation or other practice developments.
The best way to find CLE papers is
using the Canadian
Legal Symposia Index (CLSI) on LexisNexis
Quicklaw. This database indexes CLE papers from 1986
to current, although it tends to emphasize seminars
from Ontario (which is understandable due to Ontario
having the largest population of lawyers). However,
CLSI is only an index containing information about the
seminar with listing of all of the
author/presenters and the titles of their papers –
the full-text of the papers is not provided.
If you do not have access to the
CLSI, you can consider the following options:
- LSUC Great
Library Catalog Search: The Great Library at
the Law Society of Upper Canada has been cataloging
the Table of Contents from CLE seminar binders for a
number of years. Choose "Guided Keyword Search" and
choose "Search in . . . Table of Contents" (see
screenshot below) or click here to be
brought to the "Table of Contents" search screen.
Screenshot of Searching for
CLE papers on LSUC Great Library Catalog:
- LSUC AccessCLE:
The Law Society of Upper Canada has thousands of CLE
papers presented at LSUC-sponsored seminars
available on this site, from circa 2004 to current.
Papers older than 18 months are freely available.
For more recent papers, you will be able to read the
articles for free but need to pay for them if you
want to print or save them. Topics of papers cover
Administrative Law, Business, Civil Litigation,
Criminal, Employment/Labour, Environmental,
Estates/Trusts, Family, Immigration, Insurance Law,
Intellectual Property, Paralegals, Practice
Management, and Real Estate.
- CLEBC Online:
This is an extensive database of PDF copies of all
CLE papers presented from 2001 to current at
seminars sponsored by the Continuing Legal Education
Society of British Columbia (subscription required).
for a listing by topic of all papers.
- Other CLE providers:
There are a number of other "private sector" or
bar-affiliated providers of CLE seminars whose
websites listed below may provide information about
Research and Writing:
Published: January 2016
Canadian Online Legal Dictionary (click here)