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Ensuring objective and impartial assessments

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

LAW Society of Upper Canada

LAW Society of Upper Canada


This practice is of interest to applicants and regulators concerned with the objectivity and impartiality of assessment of qualifications.

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has established verifiable criteria for all requirements and assessments, to ensure decisions and assessments are objective.

The LSUC ensures impartiality in the grading of its lawyer licensing examinations by removing applicant names from examinations. Instead, each candidate is assigned a number. Licensing examinations are multiple-choice and are scored electronically. Staff manually marks all failed exams and all exams that have a pass rate of one per cent to three percent above the minimum passing grade.

To ensure each file is reviewed fairly, decision-makers receive training in:

  • the Ontario Human Rights Code

  • the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act

  • anti-discrimination and cultural diversity

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Provides applicants with valid and reliable assessments

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Impartiality
  • Objectivity

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Jun 05, 2013