Paralegal Exam

The Ontario Paralegal Licensing Exam

The Ontario paralegal licensing exam is a 7-hour open-book exam composed of approximately 240 multiple-choice questions. The exam questions are designed to assess a candidate’s competence in a variety of subject areas, including Canadian law, civil litigation, criminal/quasi-criminal law, administrative law, litigation process, ADR, practice management, and ethical and professional responsibility.

Students who have registered to write the paralegal licensing exam will receive study materials from the LSO 6 to 8 weeks before their exam. These materials are approximately 1000 pages in length, and they contain all the information required to pass the exam. Students must independently study and learn this material to prepare for the exam, and many students create additional reference materials such as indexes and summaries. Students have a total of three attempts to pass the exam.

As you begin preparing for the Ontario paralegal licensing exam, you will likely have many questions about how to study effectively, what types of reference materials and study aids you’ll need, and what to expect on exam day. We have published a free resource, The Comprehensive P1 Exam Preparation Manual, to help answer these questions and walk you through the exam preparation process from start to finish. You can access it here:

View P1 Preparation Manual

Many students find it difficult to absorb the vast amount of content contained in the LSO materials through self-study alone. Emond offers supplementary resources such as online exam preparation courses and interactive practice exams to help students better understand and remember the material they will be tested on. These resources are designed to supplement your readings with focused audio-visual instruction, interactive self-testing, and personalized support.

If you have any questions about our resources, or wish to learn more, please contact us at

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Course Syllabus and Instructors

Emond’s instructors are dynamic and experienced professors and senior members of the bar and bench. They are committed to ensuring that students will pass the Paralegal Licensing Exam. You can view each instructor’s biography by clicking their name in the relevant course syllabus.

Live Paralegal Review Course Syllabus

Day 1: Friday
9:00am – 1:00pm Administrative Law Elizabeth Nastasi and Deborah Pressman Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General
Instructor, Osgoode Professional Development and George Brown College
2:00pm – 6:00pm Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Law Jessyca Greenwood Counsel, Greenwood Defence Law PC
Adjunct Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Day 2: Saturday
9:00am – 1:00pm Professional Responsibility Rebecca Bromwich Adjunct Professor, Carleton University
2:00pm – 6:00pm Civil Litigation Alysha Shore Associate, Paliare Roland


Online Paralegal Review Course Syllabus

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1 hour 2 mins Jurisdiction Fundamentals, 2018-2019 Professor Paul Emond Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School
President, Emond Publishing
2 hours 19 mins Administrative Law, 2018-2019 Elizabeth Nastasi and Deborah Pressman Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General
Instructor, Osgoode Professional Development and George Brown College
2 hours 40 mins Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Law, 2018-2019 Jessyca Greenwood Counsel, Greenwood Defence Law PC
Adjunct Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School
2 hours 52 mins Professional Responsibility, 2018-2019 Michelle Roy McSpurren Instructor, Sheridan College
3 hours 33 mins Civil Litigation, 2018-2019 Lindsay Scott Partner, Paliare Roland
22 mins Jurisdiction and Fundamentals of Canadian Law Professor Paul Emond Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School
President, Emond Publishing
1 hour 36 mins Ethics and Professional Responsibility Trevor Farrow Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
2 hours 48 mins Criminal Law and
Provincial Offences
Justice Rick Libman Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto Region
1 hour 16 mins Evidence Justice Sheila Ray Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto Region
51 mins ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution Professor Paul Emond Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School
President, Emond Publishing
3 hours 13 mins Administrative Law
Tribunal Practice and Procedure
Marcel Mongeon Partner, Ross, Mongeon, Covello & Co.
1 hour 43 mins Residential Landlord and Tenant Law Sean Henry Vice Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board
57 mins Employment Law Lindsay Scott Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
2 hours 4 mins Torts and Contracts John Allen Partner, Allen & Allen, Barristers and Solicitors
1 hour 22 mins Civil Litigation Darryl Singer Founder, Singer Barrister Professional Corporation
53 mins Paralegal Studying Tips with Justice Rick Libman Justice Rick Libman Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto Region
30 mins Licensing Exam Study Strategies With Paul Emond Professor Paul Emond Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School
President, Emond Publishing


Paralegal Online Preparation Course Outline

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Section 1 Introduction Deborah Pressman
& Elizabeth Nastasi
Section 2 Getting Started – Study Smart
Section 3 Your Exam – LSUC Competencies
Section 4 Organizing Your Study Materials
Section 5 The Licensing Exam
Section 6 Answer Strategies
Section 7 Question Types
Section 8 Content Of Questions
Section 9 Introduction To Online Practice Questions
Section 10 Strategy: Looking Up Every Question Using Your Materials
Section 11 Practice Questions (15)
Section 12 Strategy: Looking Up Half The Questions Using Your Materials
Section 13 Practice Questions (15)
Section 14 Timed Practice Test: 1 Hour
Section 15 Practice Questions (30)
Section 16 Half-Point Check In
Section 17 Study Tips and Strategies
Section 18 Exam Format & Content
Section 19 Mini-Mock Exam Intro
Section 20 Practice Questions (30)
Section 21 Feedback for Mini-Mock Exam
Section 22 Extended Mock Practice Exam
Section 23 Practice Questions (120)
Section 24 Feedback for Extended Mock Exam
Section 25 LSUC Rules – Know Them
Section 26 More Tips and Good Luck


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Paralegal Preparation Courses

Emond offers two paralegal preparation courses designed to help candidates prepare successfully for the Ontario paralegal licensing exam. At Emond Publishing, our specialty is legal education. We publish textbooks for paralegal programs and casebooks for law school programs across Canada. Our licensing exam preparation courses have been developed to reflect the same commitment to quality and accessibility, with the goal of helping students perform to the best of their abilities on the licensing exam.

Paralegal Preparation Course Options:

Live P1 Review Course Online P1 Review Course Online P1 Preparation Course
Content The P1 Review Course consists of a series of substantive lectures on the topics that will be tested on the paralegal exam. Lectures are delivered by highly qualified instructors who are equipped with the knowledge and experience to guide students in preparing for the exam. The course also includes an exam preparation strategy component. The Online P1 Preparation Course focuses on teaching exam preparation strategies, and helping students develop tactics for succeeding on multiple-choice exams. Sample questions are included throughout so that you have an opportunity to practice these strategies and assess your progress.
Availability Available for the summer sitting only. Available year-round, from any location and device.
Format In-class lectures from 9am-6pm daily. Registrants will be invited to choose either in-class attendance or live webinar attendance approximately two weeks before the course start date. Video taped lectures that are accessible 24/7 during the rental period. They can be fast-forwarded, rewound, and re-watched. The course is delivered through Video taped lectures and sample questions that are accessible 24/7 during the rental period. They can be fast-forwarded, rewound, and re-watched. The course is delivered through
Course Length The course is 2 days long. Course dates can be viewed in the Registration Options and Prices section below. The full Online P1 Review Course consists of 30 hours of video lecture, and the rental period is 90 days. Individual lectures may be rented for a 30-day period. The Online P1 Preparation Course consists of 2 hours of video lecture and 6 hours of sample questions.
Course Materials Slideshow presentations are provided as printouts at the beginning of each class. Slideshow presentations are displayed alongside video lectures, and can be requested as PDFs. No additional materials required.
Practice Exam The P1 Practice Exams are available for purchase separately. Integrates self-testing sample questions throughout. The P1 Practice Exams are available for purchase separately.
Bundling Options All three course options, plus both P1 Practice Exams are included in the Premium P1 Exam Prep Package.

Registration Options & Prices

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Paralegal Course Video Trailers

The below paralegal course video trailers illustrate the type of instruction you will receive in each of Emond’s courses. They include video excerpts from the lectures and feedback from past students.

Online P1 Review Course Video Trailer

Begin the Paralegal Exam Review Course.

Online Preparation Course Video Trailer

Begin the Paralegal Exam Preparation Course.

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Paralegal Exam Tutoring

Emond now offers private tutoring services for paralegal students preparing to write the Ontario Licensing Exam. Tutoring is delivered via Skype or by phone, and is available from any location. Tutoring is offered in 1-, 2-, or 3-hour packages, and may be scheduled directly with the tutor to suit your availability.

Paralegal Exam Tutoring Options:

1 Hour 2 Hours 3 Hours
Price $125 $250 $375
Format Tutoring sessions are offered online over Skype or by phone, and are available from any location. Tutoring sessions are not offered over Facetime or in person.
Scheduling You will receive an email containing your tutor’s contact details within 2 business days of your purchase, and can expect a response from your tutor within 2 business days of contacting them. Tutoring hours should be purchased no later than 10 business days before your exam to ensure there is sufficient time to schedule your session. Tutoring hours purchased less than 10 days before your exam are subject to the availability of the tutor, and cannot be guaranteed.
Tutor Biography Tania Perlin has been a lawyer in private practice for 25 years. She has significant experience in many areas of the law, including family, debtor/creditor, real estate, business, corporate, wills/estates, general litigation, and franchising. A recipient of Ryerson University’s Instructor of the Year award, Ms. Perlin has taught business law at Ryerson University and Seneca College, as well as debtor/creditor and legal entities for law clerks and paralegals, property law for appraisers, and other business-related courses for many years. Ms. Perlin is a certified mediator and has been mediating privately and for the Superior Court of Justice for over 20 years. In addition to her private practice, teaching, and mediation, Ms. Perlin writes for various publishers and contributes to blogs on a variety of legal topics.
Requirements Before scheduling your first tutoring session, you will be required to read and sign a memorandum of understanding, and submit it to your tutor. Download the memorandum here.

Purchase 1 Hour

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Student Testimonials

The below testimonials have been printed with permission.

“This review course is a ‘must do’ if you don’t know where/how/when to start studying for your Paralegal exam. It’s a lifesaver if you need an overview of all topics on the exam or have been out of school for a while.”

– Holly Hohban, Humber College

“A well-informed two days. Handouts are so helpful to add to my study materials as an extra guiding measure. All instructors were beyond informative and all made it interesting in their own way.”

– Sandra Graham, George Brown College

“I highly recommend the Paralegal Review Course! It has prepared me to study for the P1 Exam by highlighting relevant and important material that will be tested. It is an excellent refresher of the courses that I took in the Paralegal Program. The teachers are highly experienced and knowledgable.”

– Rachel Roth, Humber College

“Two days (16 hours) of lectures on Jurisdiction & Fundamentals of Canadian Law, Admin Law, Criminal & Quasi-Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, Civil Law were very helpful. Each topic summary guides students to focus on their P1 Licensing Exam. The teachers are experienced and very competent.”

– Iqbal Hossain, Academy of Learning College

“Emond Exam Prep is a great opportunity to review the main topics in the paralegal exam material with amazing instructors.”

– Suha Hashim, Canadian Business College

“Just wanted to share with you the news that I have successfully passed the Paralegal Licensing Examination. Emond’s practice exam helped a lot which provided me confidence in taking the exam. I am so pleased with my decision of taking Emond’s practice exam. Thank you so much, it was great practice.”

– Karen Wong, Metro College

“The P1 Exam Review Course has been extremely informative. The instructors that taught the sessions were experienced lawyers or professors. They were able to explain those questions that my college professors couldn’t. Most importantly, they gave me great tips on how to prepare for the upcoming paralegal exam. Finally, I was able to create professional contacts with future paralegals. I feel confident I will pass the licensing exam after doing this course. I would recommend it to anyone that will write the paralegal licensing exam.”

– Valdis Cuvaldin, Fleming College

“I feel well prepared, and I found that studying the material will be much easier for me because of the two day refreshment course. I feel more confident now to take the licensing exam because of this course, than I did when I was on my own.”

– Isabel Chavez, Humber College

“The Emond Exam Prep staff was very helpful, very patient and welcoming of new ideas. The staff and instructors were encouraging and displayed a great deal of knowledge in many aspects of the law and ethics.”

– Anonymous

“Emond Exam Prep was great because it allowed me to test my knowledge in the comfort of my own home. I was able to work on the prep exam on my own time. The answers and feedback provided at the end were very helpful as well.”

– Proshat Hadavi, Canadian Business College

“I found the practice exam to be extremely helpful when it came to writing the actual exam. It helped me to target my weaknesses and focus on them more. I especially liked that the website provided explanations…Overall, it was helpful and I highly recommend it.”

– Kudrat Manais, Sheridan College

“Emond’s P1 Exam Review Course was able to bring an array of legal professionals such as Deputy Judges, Lawyers, and Justices of the Peace who combined theories and examples from the field, provided a huge breadth of knowledge tying professional ethics with substantive material. I would highly recommend this course because it will help narrow the topics and focus on preparing for the exam.”

– Yohne Yogeswaran, TriOs College

“The P1 Exam Review Course has greatly helped prepare me for the exam. The PowerPoints and handouts are great resources and I will be taking them into the exam. This course was also a great place to make connections with the other participants and the lecturers. So glad I decided to take the course!”

– Marissa Kurin, Humber College

“This course really helped me to focus on what is important for the exam, and the study tips from Paul Emond were very helpful.”

– Anita Kumar, Humber College

“Extremely happy that I purchased this practice exam! The questions on the practice exam give you a great idea of what the questions on the actual exam will look like, and also the difficulty is about the same on both exams. It makes studying more enjoyable; instead of just reading your book you’re able to see how much you really know.”

– Alivia Goldenberg

“The questions were a good representation of the actual questions on the exam. It was also extremely helpful to have the correct answers explained at the end of the practice test.”

– Nicole Slierings

“As I work full-time, I did not have enough time to fully prepare for the LSUC Paralegal exam. As the exam was fast approaching, I was getting nervous. Two days before the exam I found this prep test and was very happy to have a way to better prepare. It came at the right time. I want to thank Emond Montgomery Publications for making this available. Not only did it help me, it also made a big difference to know that I can take a prep test from a source I trust.”

– Diana Achim

“This practice test was just what I needed. Taking the test helped me focus my studying on areas I wasn’t too sharp on, and calmed my nerves. I recommended it to a few friends who all thanked me too.”

– Natasha Mann

“The prep test made me feel confident for the actual test and gave me a good idea of the real test. Some of the questions were very similar to the actual test. It was definitely worth the money.”

– Anna Hrynko

“A short – but highly relevant – cross-section sample of preparatory questions for the P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam. I quickly completed this on the morning of the exam, and the feedback provided in the answers was insightful, accurate, and reliable…their practice exam reflects the trustworthy research and assiduous attention to detail found in all of their legal textbooks and publications.”

– Christos Draxl

“Great tool to assist you in preparing for the exam. My personal experience is that it gives you an idea of the sort of questions to expect, and helps you to figure out the areas that might need some more studying – it increases confidence.”

– Marianna Zaprudskaya

“It has been over a month that I was looking for sample questions to help me with my exam preparation. I was so happy to find this practice exam because I knew that it would help me get a idea of the actual exam no matter what. Thanks a lot for having this.”

– Eddy Balambula

“The practice exam will give you an idea what to pay attention to in the reading material. It was useful for me.”

– Elaine Elue

“I used the paralegal practice exam and found it helpful in my studies and readiness to write the exam.”

– Karen Peuser

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Practice Exams

P1 Practice Exam A

P1 Practice Exam B

Price $75 + tax each  |  $125 + tax for exam bundle (includes both exams)
Format Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 120 substantive questions Online multiple-choice exam consisting of 120 substantive 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 P1 Paralegal Exam. The structure and content of the questions are designed to mimic the Ontario P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam, with practical case-based scenarios. The substantive practice exam tests the following subject areas:

  • Jurisdiction and Fundamentals
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal and Quasi-Criminal 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 LSO Paralegal Licensing 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.

Start by writing the free sample exam. Just make sure you are signed in (or signed up) first!

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Registration Options and Prices

Live P1 Review Course
Available for summer sitting only
Substantive lectures & subject review
$425 $195 +tax
  • Format: 2-day in-class course that may be attended in person or via webinar
  • Dates: Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2020
    9am - 6pm daily
  • Course Materials: Includes slideshow printouts and PDFs
  • Registration: Open until July 16, 2020
Online P1 Review Course
Available year-round
Substantive lectures & subject review
$425 tax included
  • Format: 90-day online video rental with 24/7 access
  • Length: 30 hours of video lecture on exam topics and preparation
  • Course Materials: Slideshow PDFs available upon request
  • Registration: Open year-round
Online P1 Prep Course
Available year-round
Studying & exam-writing strategies
$150 $125 +tax
  • Format: 1-year online video rental & sample questions with 24/7 access
  • Length: 2 hours of video lectures on exam preparation & 6 hours of sample questions
  • Course Materials: None
  • Registration: Open year-round
Online Practice Exams
Available year-round
Online multiple-choice practice exams
$75 +tax each
  • Each exam consists of 120 unique multiple-choice questions
  • Correct answers, explanations, and performance analytics provided
  • Exams are accessible online immediately after purchase
  • Expires at the next scheduled LSO paralegal exam date
  • Each exam may be attempted up to 4 times before expiry
Online Practice Exam Bundle
Available year-round
Includes both online practice exams
$150 $125 +tax
  • Includes both Practice Exam A and Practice Exam B, for a total of 240 multiple-choice questions
  • Correct answers, explanations, and performance analytics provided
  • Exams are accessible online immediately after purchase
  • Expires at the next scheduled LSO paralegal exam date
  • Each exam may be attempted up to 4 times before expiry
Premium P1 Exam Prep Package
Available year-round
Includes the P1 Review Course, P1 Preparation Course, and Online Practice Exam Bundle
$1150 $595 +tax
  • 90-day rental of Online P1 Review Course
  • 1-year rental of Online P1 Preparation Course
  • Includes Practice Exam A and Practice Exam B (240 questions)
  • Includes accompanying slideshow PDFs
  • Optional: Registration for Live P1 Review Course (in-class or webinar)

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