Who can take online courses offered by the Law Society?
All course materials are designed for lawyers and students-at-law in Alberta. While the Online Learning Centre is publicly available, it is not intended to teach a non-lawyer how to practice law or to assist self-represented people. Courses focus on the business of operating a law practice in compliance with Law Society Rules and do not constitute legal advice.
Do I have to pay to take a course from the Law Society?
Courses within the Online Learning Centre are free.
Why is the information on the Learning Centre publicly accessible?
Lawyers have asked for easily available and comprehensive
resources to help support them in their day-to-day practice management. All course materials in the Learning
Centre are designed for lawyers and students-at-law in Alberta, but may also be
of value to staff including legal assistants, paralegals and legal bookkeepers.
While the Learning Centre is publicly available, it is not intended to teach
a non-lawyer how to practice law or to assist self-represented people.
Centre focuses on the business of operating a law practice in compliance with
Law Society Rules and does not constitute legal advice. Learning Centre
resources do not provide education on substantive law or legal theory.
Providing practice management tools on an open basis does not facilitate the
unauthorized practice of law, nor does it equip non-lawyers to develop legal
information on the Learning Centre is valuable as a one-stop resource on
selected topics, the Learning Centre generally does not contain information that
cannot be sourced elsewhere.
Society regulates the legal profession in the public interest. This includes
providing tools and resources to assist lawyers in delivering quality legal
Do I have to login to take a course?
While you will be able to view all textbook material on the Online Learning Centre without registering, you must register in order to access the quiz material. You must create a new user account and password for the Online Learning Centre. Registration is not linked through the Lawyer Portal because this a separate platform and the Law Society does not track quiz results.
How do I create a user account?
1. Click the button on the top right hand side of your screen:
2. Click to create a new account:
3. Fill out the fields:
4. Once you click "Create my new account", you should receive an email with a link to confirm your account. If you do not receive this email, please ensure that firstname.lastname@example.org is added to your safe sender list so the email does not get blocked by your spam or junk mail filtering.
5. Please record your username and password in a secure location so you can access it in the future.
6. If you have followed the steps above and are having any problems, please email us.
How do I reset my password?
1. Click on "Forgotten your username or password?"
2. Follow the steps in the email you receive from email@example.com. If you do not receive this email, please ensure that firstname.lastname@example.org is added to your safe sender list so the email does not get blocked by your spam or junk mail filtering.
3. If you have followed the steps above and are having any problems, please email us.
What does an online course from the Law Society involve?
The Law Society's courses feature textbook material, related resources and quizzes. They are presented in short modules that can be done at your own pace.
How do I find courses?
Our course offerings are featured on the Online Learning Centre homepage and under "Courses" on the left-hand side navigation panel.
Can I print course material?
We encourage you to navigate the course online and take the quizzes. We will be updating the course material regularly to add content and ensure accuracy. If you wish to print material, you can go to File > Print located on the top left corner of your screen. Please check back to the Learning Centre periodically to see if your printed material has been updated.
How do I know if I have completed a course?
Each course is divided into subject areas containing a textbook made up of chapters and a quiz. You can use the grey banner on the left to navigate the course. The Online Learning Centre will not track where you are within the course but will track your score on the quizzes you choose to complete.
Are quizzes necessary to complete?
Quizzes are provided as a self-assessment tool to benchmark your understanding. Individual quiz results are not reported to the Law Society but may be used in aggregate.
Can I include Online Learning Centre courses in my CPD plan?
Absolutely. The courses included on the Online Learning Centre may fulfill different competencies of your CPD plan.
How do I provide comments and suggested edits for course material?
Email the respective course moderator:
Law Practice Essentials - Education Department
Mentor Express Orientation - Communications Department