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Why do I need to report my employment status?

A lawyer or paralegal's status and associated category determines whether he or she is required to pay fees and the amount of the annual fee. Licensees with a fee-paying status may pay a reduced fee for parental leave.

There are also fee exemptions for licensees who qualify based on years of practice, age or incapacity, (By-Law 5, section 4).

By-Law 8 requires licensees to notify the Law Society immediately after any change in their status and/or contact information.

Fee-paying Statuses and Categories

There are twelve fee paying statuses and three associated categories, which determine the percentage of the annual fee that is due:

Status Description Applicable Fee Categories*
1A Sole Practitioner in Ontario 100%
1B Partner in Law Firm/Professional Business in Ontario 100%
1C Employee in Law Firm/Professional Business in Ontario 100%
1D Associate in Law Firm/Professional Business in Ontario (practising/providing legal services in the manner of an employed lawyer or paralegal) 100%
1E Employed in Education in Ontario 100% or 50%
1F Employed in Government in Ontario 100% or 50%
1G Otherwise Employed in Ontario 50%
1H Not Working 25%
1I Not in Ontario 100%, 50% or 25%
1J In-House Lawyer/Paralegal 100%
1K Legal Clinic Lawyer/Paralegal 100%
1N New Licensee (update status immediately through the Portal) 100%

Parental leave (25% fees) may be applicable to all categories except 1H. There are no reduced fees for part-time work.

Explanation of Categories

100% of Annual Fee - Licensees who practise law or provide legal services, whether they do so in Ontario or in some other part of the world, including law teachers who practise or provide legal services, or federal, provincial and municipal government, corporate employees and other licensees who provide legal advice, opinions, or services with respect to the laws of Ontario or Canada.

50% of Fee - Licensees who do not practise law or provide legal services, including a licensee employed in education, in government or in a corporation in a position where he or she is not required to provide legal advice, opinions, or services.

25% of Fee - Licensees who do not engage in any remunerative work and do not engage in the practice of law or provision of legal services in or outside of Ontario, or who are in full-time attendance at a university, college or designated educational facility and not practising law or providing legal services, or licensees who are on pregnancy or parental leave and who do not practise law or provide legal services.

Subsection 2(2) of By-Law 5 provides that "subject to subsections (3), (4), (5) and (6), a licensee shall pay the full amount of an annual fee and any taxes that the Society is required to collect from the licensee in respect of the payment of the annual fee."

Licensees of the Law Society who are over 65 years of age or older and are no longer practising law or providing legal services in Ontario, or of any age who are incapacitated and are unable to practise law or provide legal services, may apply to be exempt from the requirement to pay the Law Society annual fee and submit the Law Society annual report. For more information contact By-Law Administration Services by email at

Parental Leave

The Law Society makes special provisions for licensees taking parental leave, which is defined as leave from employment or practice for reasons of maternity, paternity or adoption. Under this policy, licensees may apply for a reduction in the fee to the 25% category for each full month for which parental leave is taken, as long as the licensee is not engaged in any remunerative work.

I have more than one status change to report.  How can I do this?

The Change of Information tab is only able to accept one status change at a time. You may submit the first change and check back in 2-3 business days to see if the status has been updated, then submit a second status change. In some instances a status change will not be processed in 2-3 business days; if this is the case, please contact Membership Services to see if additional information is required by email at

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