Obtain a Legal Research Certification

by LexisNexis Canada

Endorsed by the Toronto Lawyers Association!

LexisNexis Canada is offering you the only on-demand, Canadian legal research training and certification: LexCanLearn 

Best of all it's free!

LexCanLearn Legal Research Certification is a program developed by LexisNexis Canada with the collaboration of key legal research experts from across Canada and has been endorsed by the Toronto Lawyers Association. By completing your LexCanLearn certification not only will you be well-versed in completing legal research tasks, but you will also be able to stand out from your peers by listing your certification on your resume and LinkedIn!

Why get certified?

Arrive practice-ready

To successfully perform in your role as a summer or articling student, new associate or law student, you’ll be expected to accurately and efficiently conduct legal research tasks. The LexCanLearn training and certification program reinforces the legal research process taught in law school and prepares you for the depth of research performed as a lawyer.

Stand out from the crowd

Whether you're preparing for on-campus interviews or tailoring your LinkedIn profile, the LexCanLearn training and certification on your resume signals to future employers that you've taken the necessary steps to further hone your legal research skills.

Who should get certified?

If you're a Canadian law student, articling student, paralegal, law clerk, new associate or seasoned lawyer, complete the LexCanLearn Training and Certification program to hone your legal research skills. LexCanLearn Certification is for anyone who wants to stand out from the pack.

What will you learn?

After completing the 2- to 3-hour program, you'll be able to:

  • Quickly research unfamiliar topics
  • Identify useful Secondary Sources
  • Construct an effective keyword search
  • Note-up case law and legislation
  • Find the right regulations

How does it work?

The LexCanLearn training and certification program was created to maximize interactivity and engagement. If you have additional questions about the process, please contact certification@lexisnexis.ca.

Here's how to start:
  1. Click here to access the program. Once you click “Launch” on the first module you need to register by clicking “Create a University Profile”.  
  2. Review the 8 videos, anytime, anywhere. The process will take between 2 and 3 hours so take your time and learn the content.
  3. Complete the final assessment with a passing grade of 80%.
  4. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate from LexisNexis. Your name will be added to the registry of successful candidates on our website within 1-2 weeks of your successful completion.
  5. Add the certification to your LinkedIn profile and resume

Don't forget to check out our FAQs for more details

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Our Authors and Collaborators

Take a look at some of the great authors who’ve helped us create this useful certification.

Susan Barker

Susan Barker is the Digital Services and Reference Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She holds a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Library Techniques from Seneca College. She is the former Editor of the Canadian Law Library Review and teaches Legal Literature and Librarianship at the University of Toronto iSchool. She is also a contributor to Legal Problem Solving: Reasoning, Research & Writing  (4th to 8th editions: LexisNexis), and coauthor of The Ultimate Guide to Canadian Legal Research (1st to 4th editions: LexisNexis) and Researching Legislative Intent: A Practical Guide (Irwin Law: Forthcoming in 2019).


Maurice Coombs
Maurice Coombs

Maurice is a former partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and was a Senior Member of the Firm's Research Group until his retirement at the end of December 2004. Until January of 1998, he was Chair of the firm's Research Group, a post he held for more than 15 years. His research practice at Osler was concentrated in corporate and commercial law, trust law, pension investment law; partnerships, conflicts of laws and similar matters. His work in pension law and pension fund and other institutional investment was particularly absorbing, and he worked extensively for various public and private sector pension funds, as well as major investment houses structuring product for pension fund investment purposes. He also undertook consulting roles with federal and provincial authorities on various legislative initiatives. Maurice has also lectured at and written papers for legal and professional programs held by a variety of organizations.

In his earlier years, after graduating from law school, Maurice worked for some five years as a research assistant at the Ontario Law Reform Commission. In 1972 he left the Commission and joined Bertha Wilson at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in her research practice.

Since his retirement from Osler, Maurice has undertaken a series of free-lance/contract research projects and has authored, co-authored or contributed to various LexisNexis Canada publications, particularly Halsbury's Laws of Canada.


Allison Bernholtz
Allison Bernholtz

Allison Bernholtz, JD is a content lawyer at LexisNexis Canada. She formerly worked at Gowling WLG and Klotz Law Firm where her focus was legal research. Allison currently teaches Law and Ethics for Information Technology at Centennial College. Allison is a contributor to several volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.


Reviews of LexCanLearn

Hear what our successful candidates are saying about the program!

It was easy to follow and going through the video modules and practice questions showed me the power of these resources. Participating in the LexCanLearn program helped me conduct richer, more comprehensive research - a skill that has certainly been an asset in my 1L assignments! 

I found the modules to be well-organized and flowed in a logical order. The review questions within modules were helpful in ensuring that I actually retained information – and if I didn’t, it gave me the chance to review the information and test myself afterwards.

Zach, 1L, Queen’s University

Finding out about the LexCanLearn Legal Research Certification at a time when I was looking to hone my legal research skills was highly beneficial! I was adequately challenged at various points during the videos which greatly enhanced my learning. I was also exposed to the valuable resources contained in Lexis Advance Quicklaw. I highly recommend this program to anyone carrying out legal research.

Rukaiyat, Edmonton

The LexcanLearn Legal Research program not only helped me really engage the legal research skills I learned in first year law but, it enhanced them. The modules walked me through realistic hypotheticals I’m sure to encounter in the field and made me more comfortable using the many useful facets of the LexisNexis site!

Frequently Asked Questions

LexCanLearn certification is free of charge! Take advantage of this important tool to stand out from your peers!

Your initial certification will last until at least May 2021. As platforms change over time, recertification may be required after that time. You will be notified by email should it be required.

We created our certification with the assistance of well-experienced legal researchers and it is endorsed by the Toronto Lawyers Association. Check out our reviews. If your employer has any questions, they are welcome to reach out to us at certification@lexisnexis.ca.

Certification will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how long it takes you to find the correct answers.

First you must register and then review all 8 videos which are interspersed with questions. At the end, you will need to successfully complete (with at least 80%!) a skill-testing quiz. If you pass, your name will be added to the registry and you’ll receive a certificate.

No, you can come back and complete it if you don’t have time to finish it all at once. 

Yes! Use your existing Lexis Advance Quicklaw subscription. If you don’t have one, please contact Customer Care for assistance - they will be able to provide you with a temporary ID to complete it.

You can retake the test a second time. Be sure to review the videos first!

Yes! LinkedIn has moved away from creating badges for certifications but feel free to list your certification on your profile and email us for a logo you can add.

Your employer can find your name on our registry of successful candidates. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your name to appear on the registry after completing the certification.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Feedback is necessary in order to continue to improve the program. Please drop us a line at certification@lexisnexis.ca.

Malheureusement, pour le moment, notre certification est disponible en anglais seulement.   

Yes! LexisNexis Canada is an approved provider of CPD/CLE in all jurisdictions in Canada in which it is required. Simply report your time as you would any other CPD/CLE.

LexCanLearn puts what you have learned in the classroom to the test! LexCanLearn gauges and augments your researching capabilities by guiding you through interactive educational modules.

When a score of 80% and above is achieved on the final assessment your name is placed on the registry. Individual scores on the final assessment are not available publicly.

No! LexCanLearn is currently the only legal research certification program of its kind in Canada.