Build Capability


6.1 Educate law students and legal professionals

Offer training on access to justice, emerging approaches, changing social situations and the skills to meet people’s needs, both at the start of and throughout legal careers

6.2 Expand justice education in schools

Introduce legal capability into elementary and secondary schools to prepare people for legal issues in their lives

Offer training about access to justice issues in post-secondary programs to integrate legal, health, social and education services

Progress in 2018

School-age students and university students are the primary audiences for building legal capability. Having not yet settled on career choices, nor developed their own conflict skills, efforts to build legal capability in these audiences offers the potential to transform how people respond to legal conflict, whether in their own lives or in their professional roles. Law and paralegal students, developing practice skills and aptitudes at the beginning of their career, can be exposed to access to justice issues before they make career decisions. The efforts to build capability in these audiences is the priority under this goal, complementing the training of existing legal professionals.

Ongoing professional development is a critical responsibility of all legal professionals. Over the course of the year, lawyers, paralegals and judges completed training on access to justice issues and developed their practice skills. These opportunities were a combination of internal training opportunities offered by legal aid societies, judges associations and employers, and cross-sectoral conferences and courses. Professional development opportunities have expanded to include more focus on access to justice and self-represented litigants’ experiences. 

Click here to learn about 2018 activities to advance Goal 6: Build Capability

Read the whole report here: Working Toward Accessible Justice: Tracking Progress on the JDGs in 2018


Read the 2017 Report: Tracking Progress on Canada's JDGs:


Organizations advancing this Goal:

Organization’s English Website


Organization’s French Website


Canadian Bar Association


Canadian Bar Association

National Self-Represented Litigants Project




Pro Bono Law Alberta




UVIC Access to Justice Centre of Excellence (ACE)



Justice Education Society



Law Society of BC




Law Society of Manitoba



Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg



Community Legal Education Association




Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador




U of Windsor Faculty of Law



Ontario Justice Education Network


Réseau Ontarien D’Education Juridique

Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution



The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)


Groupe D’Action Sur L’Accès À La Justice


Community Legal Information Association PEI








Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.



Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan



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