Ontario’s legal profession has experienced significant changes over the last 40 years. In the mid-1970s a critical mass of women began joining the profession in record numbers. Then, in the 1980s, lawyers from Aboriginal, Francophone and equality-seeking communities began entering the profession. Today, the province’s legal profession continues to grow and evolve at a rapid rate.

As part of its commitment to promote equality and diversity in the legal profession, and to ensure that the Ontario community is served by a representative profession, the Law Society of Upper Canada conducts research and collects data on the composition of the profession.

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This article appeared in the September 2014 “The Changing Face of the Profession” issue of LAWPRO Magazine. All past LAWPRO Magazine articles can be found at