Ontario Bar Exams

About the CanBarPrep Course

The CanBarPrep Course is an intensive bar exam preparation course that is designed to help students prepare successfully for their Ontario Bar Exams. The course consists of a series of substantive lectures on the topics that are tested on the bar exams, as well as an exam prep strategy component. Lectures are delivered by highly qualified instructors who are dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, structure, confidence, and guidance to help them pass the bar exams. Each June, an eight-day live course is held in-class at a downtown Toronto location, and throughout the rest of the year the course is available online as a series of video lectures totalling 34 hours. Students can register for the Barrister section or Solicitor section only, or for the full course at a reduced price.

Online Course In-Class Course Premium Course
Availability Available year-round Only available for June exam Only available for June exam
Format Video taped lectures that are accessible 24/7 during rental period. Can be fastforwarded, rewound, and re-watched. In-class lectures from 8:30am-4:30pm daily, and an online exam preparation strategy component. Combines online course with in-class course.
Course Length The full course consists of 34 hours of video, and the rental period is 90 days. Barrister or Solicitor material can be rented individually for 30 days. The full course is 8 days long, 4 days for Barrister and 4 days for Solicitor. It takes place 2-3 weeks before the June exams.
Exact dates are posted in the bottom section under Registration Options.
Combines online course with in-class course.
Course Materials Slideshow presentations are displayed alongside video lectures, and can be requested as PDFs. Slideshow presentations are provided as printouts at the beginning of each class. Both PDFs and printouts of slideshow presentations are made available.
Practice Exams For purchase separately. For purchase separately. Included with Premium Course.

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Course Syllabus and Instructors

CanBarPrep’s instructors are dynamic and experienced law professors and senior members of the bar and bench. Our instructors are experts in their respective fields, who practice at top Canadian law firms and are esteemed members of the law faculty at some of Canada’s best law schools. CanBarPrep is committed to ensuring that you pass the Ontario Bar Exams, and each one of our instructors reflects this commitment. You can view each instructor’s biography by clicking their name in the course syllabus below.

The course syllabus for June 2015 (in-class), November 2015 (online), and March 2016 (online) is as follows:


DAY SECTION SUBJECT INSTRUCTOR CURRENT POSITION
Day 1 Barrister Professional Responsibility Adam Dodek Professor, University of Ottawa
Public Law
Day 2 Barrister Criminal Procedure Kim Crosbie Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 3 Barrister Civil Procedure Trevor Farrow Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 4 Barrister Family Law Adam Black Associate, Torkin Manes
Day 5 Solicitor Estates Howard Black Partner, Minden Gross
Day 6 Solicitor Real Estate Craig Carter Partner, Fasken Martineau
Reuben Rosenblatt Partner, Minden Gross
Sid Troister Partner, Torkin Manes
Day 7 Solicitor Business Law Anthony Spadaro Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Bankruptcy Stephanie Ben-Ishai Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 8 Solicitor Tax Joan Jung Partner, Minden Gross

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Sample CanBarPrep Video Clips

The below CanBarPrep video clips are excerpts from the live in-class CanBarPrep lectures. They have been edited and presented alongside the powerpoint presentation used in class. They provide an idea of what the online course consists of, as well as what to expect from the live lectures.

Exam Preparation and Strategy Sample Clip

Paul Emond (LLB, LLM)

Barrister CanBarPrep Sample Clip: Criminal Procedure

Enzo Rondinelli (LLB, LLM)

Solicitor Sample Clip: Estates

Howard Black (LLB, LLM)

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Student Testimonials and Reviews

The below testimonials have been printed with permission of the students.

“I credit my passing both exams in one sitting to Emond’s CanBarPrep course. The staff was so responsive, efficient, and encouraging. The instructors exceeded my expectations and were able to take the 1,200+ pages of material and highlight key legal concepts and professional rules. I took the Barrister preparation course online, and the Solicitor course in-class. Both experiences were great. For the online portion the staff ensured I had all the video and course materials that I needed, and even took the time to send me a link to the audio of the in-class prep at the end of each day. The in-class prep course was even better. In order to keep up in class you, have to make sure you’ve read the materials at least once beforehand, and because of this I found it very easy to follow along with the instructors. Overall, the course structure and instructors were key to my success. Thank you CanBarPrep!”

– Cristina Wadhwa, Bond University Law School, 2015 CanBarPrep Student

“CanBarPrep’s online course was instrumental in my preparation for the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor exams. I was working full time and was only able to take two working days off before each exam to study. The lectures are well done, organized, and memorable. Listening to the lectures allowed me to confidently answer numerous questions on exam day without consulting the materials, and I was able to finish both exams with time to spare. I highly recommend CanBarPrep to all students preparing for the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor exams and particularly those who completed their legal education in a foreign jurisdiction.”

– Ali Z., USA, 2014 CanBarPrep Student (online course)

“Amazing! I feel that I learned more in this class than all of law school. Less stress, more detail, and availability of professors to answer questions and answers helped A LOT.”

– Jessica Brant, University of Ottawa, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“I wanted to share with you my good news on passing the Bar exam, and thank you for the wonderful courses that you provided. I had not taken virtually any of the Solicitor course topics during law school and wholeheartedly believe that the CanBarPrep course was instrumental in assisting me pass that exam.”

– Catherine Smith, University of Ottawa, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“The course was so helpful in having the concepts lift off the page.”

– Anonymous, University of Windsor, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“I am delighted to announce that I successfully passed both bar exams! Taking the CanBarPrep course made all the difference in the world. Thank you for taking the tasks which were trusted with you seriously and going above what was expected.”

– Anonymous, University of Ottawa, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“The CanBarPrep course has provided me with a well-structured and thorough overview of the key concepts addressed in each section of the Barrister exam. The quality of the instructors far exceeded my expectations they were all dynamic, interesting, and made some pretty dry material come to life, which is no easy feat. I feel confident that I am now well prepared and highly recommend the course.”

– Julie Goldstein, Queen’s University, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“Preparing for the Ontario Bar Exams can be extremely stressful and daunting. The CanBarPrep courses pack in a lot of critical information and important Bar Exam-taking tips that allow candidates to dissect the exam into manageable and understandable pieces. Additionally, the classroom setting and peer engagement provides insight into areas you may have overlooked as well as offering the structure and the discipline to prepare and study, which in my view is far superior than studying and preparing alone (or with groups of peers who have never taken the test before).”

– Jeff Kroeker, University of Ottawa, 2014 CanBarPrep Student

“CanBarPrep provided an excellent overview of ALL materials required for the Bar Exam. The instructors are all top of their respective fields which meant asking detailed questions were easily and quickly answered on the spot. Highly recommended for everyone who’s finding it hard to see the big picture in each of the topics.”

– Sakina Fazel, University of Warwick, 2013 CanBarPrep Student

“Students who feel in need of a refresher or a concise summary of law in each subject should use this course in conjunction with the bar materials in order to increase chances of success on exam day.”

– Greg Mallia, Barry University School of Law, 2013 CanBarPrep Student

“Taking the CanBarPrep course was probably the single most useful expenditure of my time besides actually reading the materials. No matter how prepared you try to be, there is a huge time crunch and having professors there to highlight important points and rules, work through calculations with you and make themselves available to answer questions was invaluable.”

– Susannah Alleyne, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2013 CanBarPrep Student

“This is an excellent course for foreign trained students looking for an in-depth introduction to Canadian law and for clarification on some of the more difficult legal concepts they will encounter when reviewing the material in preparation for Canadian bar exams.”

– Hali Adair, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012 CanBarPrep Student

CanBarPrep Student Reviews Infographic

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Indices and Indexing

In response to the many requests that we receive for indices each year, Emond Exam Prep has developed a database of bar exam indices and study aids that have been shared by students. Access to the database is available upon request to students who are enrolled in the CanBarPrep course or have purchased a practice exam. We invite students to share their index and study aids through this database, and in return we will offer you free access to the Exam Preparation and Strategy Video Session.

Materials currently in the indices database:

2 full sets of 2014-2015 indices
8 full sets of 2015-2016 indices
4 sets of 2015-2016 Barrister indices

Request AccessContribute Indices

Please note that all study aids and materials in the database have been created and shared by students. Emond Exam Prep does not edit, endorse, or guarantee these materials. As with any study aid, we advise using a critical eye and practising with your index in advance of the bar exams.

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Practice Exams

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Practice Exam Details:

Barrister Practice Exam

Solicitor Practice Exam

Price $80.00 + tax (CAD) $80.00 + tax (CAD)
Format Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 135 questions Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 106 questions
Timer The timer counts upward from the time that you begin the exam. It can be paused and your exam progress can be saved before logging out if you wish to resume the exam at a future date.
Content Questions have been formulated to evaluate a student’s knowledge in the areas of professionalism and ethical responsibility, family law, civil litigation, criminal law, and public law, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge in various practical scenarios. The structure and content of the questions are designed to mimic the Ontario Licensing Exam, and to assess students’ knowledge of the Barrister subject matter. Questions have been formulated to evaluate a student’s knowledge in the areas of wills and estates law, professionalism and ethical responsibility, business law, and real estate law, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge in various practical scenarios. The structure and content of the questions are designed to mimic the Ontario Licensing Exam, and to assess students’ knowledge of the Solicitor subject matter.
Exam Review Upon exam submission, you are presented with your overall score as well as the breakdown of different subject areas and how you scored in each of them. You can review each exam question to see the answer you selected, the correct answer, and an explanation.
Access Period You will have access to your practice exam and results from the date of purchase until the next scheduled LSUC Barrister exam date, at which point your exam will expire. You will have access to your practice exam and results from the date of purchase until the next scheduled LSUC Solicitor exam date, at which point your exam will expire.
Attempts You may attempt the practice exam up to 4 times. You may attempt the practice exam up to 4 times.

 


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Ontario Bar Practice Exam Performance Analytics Ontario Bar Practice Exam Question Review

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Registration Options and Prices

ONLINE COURSE
Available year-round
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FULL ONLINE COURSE
Barrister + Solicitor
$1605+tax
  • 90-day online rental with 24/7 access
  • 35 hours of video lecture
  • Access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs available upon request
PURCHASE FULL COURSE
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PARTIAL ONLINE COURSE
Barrister only or Solicitor only
$961+tax
  • 30-day online rental with 24/7 access
  • 20+ hours of video lecture
  • Access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs available upon request
BARRISTER SOLICITOR
IN-CLASS COURSE
Available for June sitting only
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FULL IN-CLASS COURSE
Barrister + Solicitor
$1635+tax
  • 8-day in-class course
  • 8:30am-4:30pm daily in Toronto, ON
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database available upon request
REGISTER
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PARTIAL IN-CLASS COURSE
Barrister only or Solicitor only
$980+tax
  • 4-day in-class course
  • 8:30am-4:30pm daily in Toronto, ON
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database available upon request
BARRISTER SOLICITOR
PREMIUM COURSE
Available for June sitting only
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FULL PREMIUM COURSE
Barrister + Solicitor
$1895+tax
Combines the In-Class Course, Online Course, and both practice exams.
  • 8-day in-class course/8:30am-4:30pm
  • 90-day online rental/35 hours of video
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs available upon request
REGISTER
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PARTIAL PREMIUM COURSE
Barrister only or Solicitor only
$1137+tax
Combines the relevant In-Class Course, Online Course, and practice exam.
  • 4-day in-class course/8:30am-4:30pm
  • 30-day online rental/20+ hours of video
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs available upon request
BARRISTER SOLICITOR
EXAM PREP VIDEO
Available year-round
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EXAM PREPARATION AND STRATEGY VIDEO
$40 tax incl.
  • 30-day online rental
  • 1 hour of intensive discussion about studying and exam-writing strategy
  • Included with all course options
PURCHASE VIDEO
PRACTICE EXAMS
Available year-round
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BARRISTER & SOLICITOR ONLINE PRACTICE EXAMS
$90+tax (each)
  • Accessible immediately after purchase
  • Correct answers, explanations, and performance analytics provided
  • May be attempted up to 4 times before expiration at the next LSUC exam date
BARRISTER SOLICITOR
EXAM PREP BUNDLE
Available year-round
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PRACTICE EXAMS + EXAM PREP STRATEGY VIDEO
$180+tax
Combines the Exam Preparation and Strategy Video with the Barrister and Solicitor Online Practice Exams.
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UPCOMING ONTARIO BAR EXAMS DATES

Barrister Exam: Tuesday, November 3, 2015  |  Solicitor Exam: Tuesday, November 17, 2015