There is a correlation between the massive student debt load that many new lawyers are saddled with and their ability to practise in areas that directly affect Ontarians. The Law Society could assist by reducing or eliminating licensing fees for new calls, and providing financial support or incentives for law students and recent calls who commit to working in underserviced areas of Ontario.
The Law Society can also look at how legal services can be more efficaciously utilized. For example, the Law Society can work directly with community stakeholders to address how Ontarians can access the legal system in a less expensive manner. By speaking to the experts on the ground the Law Society can direct resources and efforts to ensure that any needless regulatory hurdles are removed and allow Ontarians to access justice in a more timely manner. The Law Society can also look to providing additional resources to solo and small firms who provide legal services to the majority of Ontarians. By making it easier and less burdensome for lawyers to start their own practises and by encouraging collaboration with paralegals the Law Society can increase the pool of available licensees who can then in turn assist Ontarians. By providing the necessary tools, forms, and notices to solo and small firms, the Law Society can ensure that Ontarians have access to affordable and effective legal services.
Finally, the Law Society can invest in technological innovation so the legal system becomes more accessible and less expensive for Ontarians. This may result in less actual interface with lawyers. However, the role of the Law Society is to determine what is best for the public interest as opposed to the interest of the profession.