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The TLA offers a variety of learning opportunities through our Nutshell seminars and skills training. Our goal is to support you in your dual role as lawyer and business owner by providing education sessions on current issues directly affecting you and your practice: legal trends, legislative & court decisions, as well as practice and firm management guidance.

Your weekly TLA Update will keep you informed of all our upcoming educational programs. Take a moment to scan it when it arrives in your inbox on Tuesdays.

Nutshell Programs

  • Accredited - LSUC CPD
  • Affordable - $90 for members and $120 for non-members
  • Accessible - held in the Lawyers Lounge at 361 University Ave.
  • Convenient - generally begin after 5:00 p.m.
  • Succinct - detailed, relevant and timely information in 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Welcoming - friendly, relaxed learning environment

Research Skills Training

The TLA also presents a range of invaluable hands-on sessions. Professional trainers deliver demonstrations of library resources and popular databases.

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada.

Exclusively for TLA members.  For the price of 5 Nutshells, purchase a $449 CPD Unlimited package and get all your CPD at the TLA in 2017. Choose from over 20 sessions in the new year.  Some conditions apply.* This package may be paid for in one transaction or by 5 equal monthly instalments. See the complete list of 2017 nutshells here.  Purchase a package now

*No refunds will be given.  CPD Unlimited packages are not transferable and apply to in-person attendance only. Nutshells, once selected may be switched provided 48 hours notice is given. The package does not include not include Powerful Speaking Skills workshops, the Oct 18th Annual Current Topics in Ethics nutshell or the Nov 1st Advocacy Masterclass.
Professionalism is required in any legal matter, but especially when appearing on motions. This nutshell is a primer aimed at articling students as they begin arguing Masters' Motions. It contains lessons on professionalism, ethics and practice management. Followed by a Wine & Cheese Reception, 6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m. This nutshell is for TLA Articling Student members only. Membership is free for Articling Students. Full details and registration.
Students and new lawyers are frequently asked to write memoranda of law for lawyers and/or their clients. The ability to write an effective legal memorandum is an essential skill early in one's legal career. Learn how to improve your memo-writing skills in this hands-on program. You are encouraged to submit in advance your writing samples. Parts of some samples will be used as a teaching tool. There will also be a Q&A at the end. Full details and registration.
In our 4th annual Supreme Court of Canada roundup, our expert panel of seasoned lawyers and scholars returns to offer insightful comments about recent decisions by our top court and identify emerging trends in the areas of civil, criminal, and public law. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions. There will not be extensive handouts. Full details and registration.
Back by popular demand! A program for professionals under the age of 35.  Presented by Ben Kizemchuk, CIM, DMS, Investment Advisor, Altus Securities Inc. This presentation will help young lawyers (and articling students) with timely topics such as student debt, living at home vs. renting, the smart way to use RSPs and Tax Free Savings Accounts, and how much they should save. Pre-registration is required.
In its 7th year, the TLA has organized a thought-provoking program revolving around the importance and role of the client. Join your colleagues for 3 hours of Professionalism Content that will leave you informed and inspired. Space is limited! Full details and registration.
Every business goes through a standard cycle of start-up and growth, to considering whether to sell or exit the market completely.  Gain a 360-degree perspective of all the critical moments in the lifecycle of a business from seasoned corporate lawyers, so that you can become a trusted advisor! This program is designed for business lawyers in the first 8 years of practice and non-business lawyers with an interest in business law. Full details and registration.
On June 17, 2016, new federal legislation came into force creating a regulatory framework for medical assistance in dying in Canada. Legislation also came into effect in Ontario in May 2017. In this provocative program, experts will discuss the cases being considered under this legislation and provide you with a checklist of what can be done in advance of death to eliminate the need for settling an estate after death. Full details and registration.
Are you practicing in the area of real estate or looking to practice in real estate?  Did you know that there are standardized closing documents prepared by the Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate that have been endorsed by LSUC, LawPro and many county and district law associations like the TLA?  Would you like to learn their value and use, practical application and integration into your software suite? This program will be catered and represents a rare opportunity to both learn and network.
Program:  5:15 – 6:30 pm. / Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30-7:30 pm.
This is a free session open to TLA members and non-members. Full details and registration.
The Advocacy Masterclass – Opening and Closing Statements at Civil Trial nutshell will provide you with the information you need to craft and deliver effective opening and closing statements. Featuring an esteemed panel of trial tested litigators, from both the Plaintiff and Defence perspective, with the additional benefit of views from the bench, participants can expect to receive invaluable insights into how opening and closing statements can be used to maximize their case at trial. Full details and registration.
Employment contracts represent an attempt to create certainty in an employment relationship; however, they will only create certainty if they are properly drafted. It is, therefore, important for drafting lawyers to understand the legal framework within which the courts operate in the employment law world. This session will provide lawyers with legal, practical, strategic and professional considerations in preparing employment contracts. Full details and registration.
Are you doing it all on your own?  Ethical issues can be difficult for the sole or small firm lawyer to deal with since there may not be the opportunity or support to talk through the challenges. Our panelists will give real-world examples of ethical issues that have arisen in their practice with other panelists weighing in on how they would handle the problem. Finally, a lawyer from LSUC will give her thoughts on the dilemmas raised. Registration information coming soon.
Estates&TrustsSource on WestlawNext Canada offers you resources you need for estate planning, estate administration, and litigation materials.
Sign up to attend an in-person training session. A complimentary breakfast will be provided, as well as a certificate of completion. Pre-registration is required

Total CPD = 1.0 hour Professionalism Content
  • Thursday September 28, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto
Lexis Practice Advisor Canada provides market standard tools for transactional matters and litigation. Each module includes practice notes, forms & precedents, flowcharts, sub-topic overviews, toolkits, and more.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw gives you secondary sources and tools that include commentary, Quantums, textbooks and treatises, as well as access to primary content such as legislation, case law and tribunal decisions.
Sign up to attend an in-person training session. Light refreshments will be provided. The training will cover topics specific to Criminal practice, but all are welcome. Registration information coming soon.
  • Wednesday October 11, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto
Firm Central is a better, more efficient way to manage your law practice. Simplify the management of your legal business and resolve workflow inefficiencies so you have more time to practice law with Firm Central, a fully integrated, user-friendly, secure legal practice management solution.
Sign up to attend an in-person training session. A complimentary breakfast will be provided, as well as a certificate of completion. Registration information coming soon.

Total CPD = 1.0 hour Professionalism Content
  • Thursday October 19, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto
Lexis Practice Advisor Canada provides market standard tools for transactional matters and litigation. Each module includes practice notes, forms & precedents, flowcharts, sub-topic overviews, toolkits, and more.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw gives you secondary sources and tools that include commentary, Quantums, textbooks and treatises, as well as access to primary content such as legislation, case law and tribunal decisions.
Sign up to attend an in-person training session. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the session. Light refreshments will also be provided. The training will cover topics specific to Litigation, but all are welcome. Registration information coming soon.

Total CPD = 1.0 hour Professionalism Content
  • Wednesday November 15, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • TLA Boardroom, 2nd floor
  • 361 University Avenue, Toronto