Ontario Bar Exams

About the CanBarPrep Course

Since 2006, the CanBarPrep Course has helped students successfully prepare for their Ontario Licensing Exams. This intensive bar exam preparation course consists of a series of substantive lectures on the topics that are tested on the bar exams, as well as an exam preparation 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. 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 the June exam. Dates and location are posted at the bottom of the page under Registration Options. Only available for the June exam. Dates and location are posted at the bottom of the page under Registration Options.
Format Video taped lectures that are accessible 24/7 during rental period. Can be fastforwarded, rewound, and re-watched. In-class lectures from 9am-5pm daily, and an online exam preparation strategy component. Combines online course with in-class course.
Course Length The full course consists of over 70 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. Each 4-day section takes place the week preceding the relevant June licensing exam. Combines online course with in-class course.
Course Materials Slideshow presentations are displayed alongside video lectures, and can be requested as PDFs. Access to the indices database is available upon request. Slideshow presentations are provided as printouts at the beginning of each class. Access to the indices database is available upon request. Both PDFs and printouts of slideshow presentations are made available. Access to the indices database is available upon request.
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.

The June 2016 course syllabus is posted below:


DAY SECTION SUBJECT INSTRUCTOR CURRENT POSITION
Day 1 Barrister Professional Responsibility Adam Dodek Professor, University of Ottawa
Public Law
Day 2 Barrister Civil Procedure Lindsay Scott Associate, Paliare Roland
Day 3 Barrister Criminal Procedure Enzo Rondinelli Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 4 Barrister Family Law Shelley Kierstead Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 5 Solicitor Real Estate Craig Carter Partner, Fasken Martineau
Reuben Rosenblatt Partner, Minden Gross
Day 6 Solicitor Bankruptcy Stephanie Ben-Ishai Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Business Law Anthony Spadaro Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Natalie Renner Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Day 7 Solicitor Tax Sharon Ford Associate, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Day 8 Solicitor Estates Howard Black 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 student testimonials have been printed with permission.

“The CanBarPrep Course was the best decision that I made to further my preparation for the bar exams. All of the instructors were insightful and accessible to answer the many questions I had. The course also served as an effective review of the materials. I would highly recommend this course to anyone faced with the intimidating task of preparing for these exams.”

– Anil Hampole, University of Alberta, 2016 CanBarPrep Student

“I am happy to inform you that I passed both of my licensing exams. The course you provided was very helpful. My thanks to Emond and all of the professors who taught. I would recommend it to any student intending to take the bar. Once again thank you very much.”

– Satish Mandalagiri, 2016 CanBarPrep Student

“Your practice exams were invaluable; I especially appreciated the breakdown of each correct answer.”

– Flora Vineberg, 2016

“I don’t believe that there is any help that will guarantee that students pass their bar exams, but I do believe that the CanBarPrep course comes pretty close to it. In addition to the excellent presentations, which I learned a lot from, the course boosted my confidence to do well in the exams and that counts for a lot. I would highly recommend this course.”

– Christopher Combrie, NCA Student, 2016 CanBarPrep Student

“I felt Emond’s practice questions helped prepare me for the bar exam. I enjoyed the fact that I could write the test more than once, which was a great way to review. I also thought their feedback on each question was really helpful in areas that I was not as strong in.”

– Michael Laurie, 2016

“The Emond practice exams really added an extra level of preparation for the Bar Exams. The questions are well-written and give you the confidence you need to get through the real thing.”

– Nigel Smith, 2016

“I took the CanBarPrep Premium Course in June of this year, and I just wanted to say “thank you” to everyone at Emond Publishing for helping me pass both exams! I was called to the Ontario Bar two weeks ago, and I started my own practice this week. I am about to deal with a client matter and I realize that the first point of reference is the notes that I took during the bar prep period. Thank you once again for helping me prepare for the exams and the practice!”

– Matthew Paik, University of Victoria, 2015 CanBarPrep Student

“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. 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. 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

“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

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Indices and Indexing

Free Indices Database

Emond Exam Prep has developed a database of free bar exam indices and study aids that have been shared by past students. Users can download, sort, rate, and comment on each index. There is no cost associated with accessing the database and downloading the materials in it. The database currently contains:

  • 8 full sets of 2016-2017 indices
  • 7 full sets of 2015-2016 indices
  • 1 full set of 2014-2015 indices

Accessing the Database

To access the database, sign into your account (or register here). After logging in, navigate to the Indices Database on the white user menu. You will be able to download any of the available resources that you see listed there. We encourage you to rate and comment on the resources in the database, to help guide other students in choosing the best index. Not sure what an index is, how to use it, or whether you need one? Visit the blog to learn about creating and using indices for your licensing exam.

Contributing to the Database

We invite students to share their complete and updated 2016-2017 index and study aids through this database. In return we will offer you 10% off the purchase of a practice exam.

Contribute 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 taking a practice exam with your index in advance of the bar exams.

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Practice Exams

Barrister Practice Exam

Solicitor Practice Exam

Price $80.00 + tax (CAD) $80.00 + tax (CAD)
Format Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 140 questions Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 140 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 Candidate’s knowledge, understanding, and application of the required competencies that will be tested on the Barrister Exam. The structure and content of the questions are designed to mimic the licensing exam, with practical case-based scenarios. The Barrister practice exam tests the following subject areas:

  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Public Law
  • Family Law
  • Ethics and Professionalism
Questions have been formulated to evaluate a Candidate’s knowledge, understanding, and application of the required competencies that will be tested on the Solicitor Exam. The structure and content of the questions are designed to mimic the licensing exam, with practical case-based scenarios. The Solicitor practice exam tests the following subject areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Wills and Estates
  • Business Law
  • Ethics and Professionalism
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 may attempt the practice exam up to four times. Questions remain the same on all four attempts. 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. You may attempt the practice exam up to four times. Questions remain the same on all four attempts.


→ Click here to view screenshots of the analytics and exam review features of Emond’s practice exams

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
$1635+tax
  • 90-day online rental with 24/7 access
  • 70+ 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
$980+tax
  • 30-day online rental with 24/7 access
  • 40+ 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 that runs 9am-5pm
  • Location:University of Toronto campus near Queen's Park Subway Station
  • Barrister Dates: Mon - Thurs the week preceding the June Barrister Examination
  • Solicitor Dates: Mon - Thurs the week preceding the June Solicitor examination
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database included
REGISTER
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PARTIAL IN-CLASS COURSE
Barrister only or Solicitor only
$980+tax
  • 4-day in-class course that runs 9am-5pm
  • Held on the University of Toronto campus near Queen's Park Subway Station
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database included
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/9am-5pm
  • 90-day online rental/70+ hours of video
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs included
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/9am-5pm
  • 30-day online rental/40+ hours of video
  • Slideshow printouts provided, and access to the indices database and slideshow PDFs included
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
$80+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 8, 2016  |  Solicitor Exam: Tuesday, November 22, 2016