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British Columbia CPD Requirements and Courses

Detailed jurisdiction information about CPD regulations and general information accreditation of ABA CLE events, webinars, and on-demand CLE courses

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British Columbia Newly-Admitted CPD Rules

New admittees to the Law Society of BC have the same CPD requirements as those listed under General CPD rules. New members of the LSBC who have completed the bar admission program of a Canadian law society during the reporting year are exempt from the LSBC CPD Requirement.

British Columbia General CPD rules

  • Credit hours required: 12 hours per reporting period 
  • Specialty credits required: 2 hours of professional responsibility and ethics and practice management
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year
  • Compliance date: December 31
  • Compliance group: All attorneys
  • Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes.
  • Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: No limit. Attorneys can earn all CPD (continuing professional development) hours via recorded programs so long as the program formats have an interactive component, which is defined as 2 or more lawyers listening to or viewing the program together. ABA recorded product formats listed below are approved in British Columbia.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CPD requirements each reporting period through the online Law Society of British Columbia portal. Neither the ABA nor attorneys send certificates of attendance to the Law Society of British Columbia.

Provincial Contact Information

Law Society of British Columbia, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9 | (604) 605-5311

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each jurisidiction has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.