Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO)

Region: Ontario Answer # 2847

The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) was established in 1968 to support the highest professional standards of the profession by providing its membership with education, networking and advancement. Members are given opportunities to innovate, and share ideas and knowledge of best practices with fellow members.


The mandate of ILCO is:

“to provide and promote general and legal education to its members for the purpose of increasing their knowledge, efficiency and professional ability”

ILCO’s specialized education programs are designed to

  • enrich expertise,
  • enhance efficiency,
  • advance the profession, and
  • protect the interest of the legal team and the clients it serves.

What are the types of membership?

There are six types of ILCO membership:

  1. Student member – currently enrolled in a Law Clerk program
  2. Ordinary member – currently working as a Law Clerk
  3. Associate member – working for at least three years as a Law Clerk and have passed all four ILCO exams
  4. Fellow member – working as a Law Clerk for more than seven years?
  5. Extra-provincial member – currently working as a Law Clerk in another Canadian province
  6. Retired member

ILCO Education Centre

The ILCO Education Centre is a space available for business meetings that offers its users several amenities such as audio-visual equipment, a motorized drop-down screen and ceiling mounted LCD projector. The Education Centre can be used for many purposes, such as: training and professional development programs; examinations, mediations and arbitrations; board meeting; and annual general meetings.

More info

For more information on ILCO, visit its website at ilco.on.ca. For more information on law clerk programs, view other Answers in Paralegals and Law Clerks.


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