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. CanBarPrep also offers Barrister and Solicitor practice exams that will enable students to confidently assess how prepared they are to write the Ontario 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 choose to 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 9am-4pm daily, with instructor office hours from 4pm-5pm. 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 committed to ensuring that you pass the Ontario Bar Exams. You can view each instructor’s biography by clicking their name in the course syllabus.

The course syllabus for June 2014, November 2014, and March 2015 is below. The 2015-2016 syllabus will be posted in May 2015.

DAY SUBJECT SECTION INSTRUCTOR CURRENT POSITION
Day 1 Criminal Law Barrister Enzo Rondinelli Barrister-at-Law, Lafontaine and Associates
Day 2 a.m. Professional Responsibility Barrister Adam Dodek Professor, University of Ottawa
Day 2 p.m. Public Law Barrister Adam Dodek Professor, University of Ottawa
Day 3 Civil Procedure Barrister Trevor Farrow Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 4 Family Law Barrister Lorne Wolfson Partner, Torkin Manes
Day 4 (1 hr) Tips and Strategies for Exam Preparation Barrister Garwa Kong Former Curriculum Lead and Instructor,
University of Toronto, BEPC
Day 5 a.m. Estates Solicitor Howard Black Partner, Minden Gross
Day 5 p.m. Tax Solicitor Matt Getzler Associate, Minden Gross
Day 6 Real Estate Solicitor Craig Carter Partner, Fasken Martineau
Reuben Rosenblatt Partner, Minden Gross
Sidney H. Troister Partner, Torkin Manes
Day 7 a.m. Business Law Solicitor Natalie Renner Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Day 7 p.m. Bankruptcy Solicitor Stephanie Ben-Ishai Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 7 (1 hr) Tips and Strategies for Exam Preparation Solicitor Garwa Kong Former Curriculum Lead and Instructor,
University of Toronto, BEPC

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Sample Video Clips

The below trailers are excerpts from the live in-class lectures, that 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.

BARRISTER SAMPLE CLIP: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Enzo Rondinelli

SOLICITOR SAMPLE CLIP: ESTATES

Howard Black

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Student Feedback

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

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“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

STUDENTS FROM THE JUNE 2014 COURSE SHARED THIS FEEDBACK:

94% of students said the CanBarPrep course “met or exceeded” their expectations.

98% of students said they were “likely” or “extremely likely” to recommend CanBarPrep to a friend.

The majority of students rated the quality of instructors as “Excellent”, with an average rating of 9.1/10.

Students gave CanBarPrep’s customer service a rating of 9.3/10.

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Practice Exams

The Barrister and Solicitor multiple choice practice exams are designed to assist students in their preparation for the Ontario Bar Exams. Details about the practice exams are listed below:

Barrister Practice Exam Solicitor Practice Exam
Price $80.00 + tax (CAD) $80.00 + tax (CAD)
Format Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 130 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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Registration Options and Prices

ONLINE COURSE   Available year-round

Barrister and Solicitor 90-day rental of online course

  • 35 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshow PDFs available, contact us with your Vimeo e-receipt

$1845 CAD tax included

Proceed to Vimeo

Barrister Only 30-day rental of online course

  • 20 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshow PDFs available, contact us with your Vimeo e-receipt

$1105 CAD tax included

Proceed to Vimeo

Solicitor Only 30-day rental of online course

  • 18 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshow PDFs available, contact us with your Vimeo e-receipt

$1105 CAD tax included

Proceed to Vimeo

IN-CLASS COURSE   Available in June only, in Toronto, ON

Barrister and Solicitor 8-day in-class course

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • Slideshow presentation printouts provided
$1635 CAD + tax

$1,635.00 Add to cart

Barrister Only 4-day in-class course  Monday, May 25 – Thursday, May 28, 2015

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • Slideshow presentation printouts provided
$980 CAD + tax

$980.00 Add to cart

Solicitor Only 4-day in-class course  Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2015

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • Slideshow presentation printouts provided
$980 CAD + tax

$980.00 Add to cart

PREMIUM COURSE   Available in June only, in Toronto, ON

Barrister and Solicitor
Online and In-Class
7-day in-class course, see “In-Class Course” above for dates

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • 90-day rental of online course
  • 35 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshows provided in hardcopy and PDF. Barrister and Solicitor practice exams included.
$1895 CAD + tax

$1,895.00 Add to cart

Barrister Only
Online and In-Class
4-day in-class course, see “In-Class Course” above for dates

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • 30-day rental of online course
  • 20 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshows provided in hardcopy and PDF. Barrister practice exam included.
$1137 CAD + tax

$80.00 Add to cart

Solicitor Only
Online and In-Class
4-day in-class course, see “In-Class Course” above for dates

  • 9am–5pm daily
  • 30-day rental of online course
  • 18 hours of video lecture
  • Slideshows provided in hardcopy and PDF. Solicitor practice exam included.
$1137 CAD + tax

$80.00 Add to cart

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UPCOMING EXAM DATES

Barrister: Tuesday, June 2, 2015  |  Solicitor: Tuesday, June 16, 2015  |  P1 Paralegal: Wednesday, August 19, 2015