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CLE Papers

Lawyers are ethically bound to stay current with legal developments through continuing legal education (CLE). In some jurisdictions, CLE is mandatory. The papers presented at CLE seminars are usually a good source of practical legal research, often on important new cases or legislation or other practice developments.

The best way to find CLE papers is using the Canadian Legal Symposia Index (CLSI) on LexisNexis Quicklaw. This database indexes CLE papers from 1986 to current, although it tends to emphasize seminars from Ontario (which is understandable due to Ontario having the largest population of lawyers). However, CLSI is only an index containing information about the seminar with  listing of all of the author/presenters and the titles of their papers the full-text of the papers is not provided.

If you do not have access to the CLSI, you can consider the following options:

  • LSO AccessCLE: The Law Society of Ontario has thousands of CLE papers presented at seminars sponsored by the law society available on this site, from circa 2004 to current. Papers older than 18 months are freely available. For more recent papers, you will be able to read the articles for free but need to pay for them if you want to print or save them. Topics of papers cover administrative law, business, civil litigation, criminal, employment/labour, environmental, estates/trusts, family, immigration, insurance law, intellectual property, paralegals, practice management, and real estate.
  • CLEBC Online: This is an extensive database of PDF copies of all CLE papers presented from 2001 to current at seminars sponsored by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (subscription required).
  • Other CLE providers: There are a number of other "private sector" or bar-affiliated providers of CLE seminars whose websites listed below may provide information about CLE papers:


  Cover of 4th edition of Legal Research and Writing
                (Irwin Law)

Legal Research and Writing:
4th Edition

by Ted Tjaden

Softcover 512 pgs.
Published: January 2016
Paperback: 978-1-55221-414-5
e-book: 978-1-55221-415-2

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