LESA Library Subscription

LESA Library

Alberta-specific legal information you can access from anywhere, at anytime.

All-new LESA Library with enhanced navigation and improved searchability

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Personalize your LESA Library subscription to access all areas of law, or just your specific area of practice. With added subscription options, you can access quality continuing legal education content in a way that best suits your needs. Subscriptions are available for business law, civil litigation, criminal law, family law, real estate, and wills and estates. All subscriptions include practice management and specialized areas of law content.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your LESA Library is the same as the password for your lesa.org account. If you have forgotten your password, please click here and follow the instructions.

To check the details of your LESA Library subscription, log in to your lesa.org account and click on “My Account”.

Yes. Subscribers will receive an email one month prior to the date their subscription expires, which will provide details about the renewal process. In most cases, your credit card will automatically be charged pursuant to your existing subscription plan. Instructions on how to update your credit card information, or to pay by invoice will be provided in the email.

The LESA Library provides you with Alberta-specific legal information you can access from anywhere, at anytime. The LESA Library includes access to over 1,000 LESA program papers from 2010 to the present as well as checklists, editable samples and precedents, and fillable forms. 

The LESA Library also includes the contents of the following LESA publications:

  • Alberta Business Law Practice Manual
  • Alberta Civil Practice Manual
  • Alberta Family Law Practice Manual
  • Alberta Real Estate Practice Manual
  • Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual
  • Alberta Surrogate Forms
  • Alberta Foreclosure Forms
  • Criminal Law Fundamentals

Note that publications that are only available in hard-copy are not available on the LESA Library. This includes the annual Alberta Labour Relations Board Reports, the Alberta Labour Code Practitioner’s Manual, and Alberta Wills and Estates Legislation.

A full subscription to the LESA Library includes the practice manuals, papers, and resources from all six core areas of law, plus content from the specialized areas of law and practice management category. Alternatively, for most individual and firm subscriptions, you may choose to subscribe to one or two core areas of law. These subscriptions also include access to our specialized areas of law and practice management content. Our six core areas of law are: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Estate, and Wills and Estates.

Note that firms of 20 lawyers and up must purchase a full subscription to the LESA Library.

Individuals may purchase a LESA Library subscription to one, two, or all six core areas of law. An individual subscription for one area of law costs $495/year or $45/month. An individual subscription for two areas of law costs $745/year or $68/month. A full subscription to the LESA Library for an individual costs $895/year or $82/month. Note that GST is charged in addition to the subscription cost.

All subscriptions include our specialized areas of law and our practice management content.

Firms are divided into tiers based on the total number of lawyers in their firm. Firms have the option to pay monthly or annually. Note that law firms of 20 lawyers and over must purchase a full subscription to the LESA Library.

All subscriptions include our specialized areas of law and our practice management content.

LESA Library content is regularly reviewed and updated by LESA staff and volunteer subject matter experts. As new papers are presented at our live programs, materials are uploaded to the Library. You can expect to see papers from a program posted within two weeks of the last date the program runs.

The LESA Classroom hosts LESA’s online courses and on-demand programs. The LESA Classroom is not a subscription service; each course or program must be purchased separately. Many of our online courses are complimentary.

The LESA Library is a subscription-based service that provides you with Alberta-specific legal information you can access from anywhere, at anytime. The LESA Library includes access to over 1,000 LESA program papers from 2010 to the present as well as checklists, editable samples and precedents, and fillable forms.

The LESA Library Terms of Use prohibits downloading and printing significant portions of the LESA Library. Subscribers are permitted to download or print checklists, samples, precedents, and forms for use in their legal research or law practice. Downloading or printing of full practice manuals is prohibited. If you would like to purchase a hard-copy of a particular manual at a discounted price, please email [email protected] for more information.

Yes, please call us at 780.420.1987 or email us at [email protected] for assistance. We can also schedule virtual or in-person training for your firm.

The LESA Library is divided up into areas of law and is fully searchable! To filter papers or publications by area of law, author, or publication year, simply click the appropriate boxes on the left side of the screen and click “Apply Filters”. The filter menu is availably on the LESA Library homepage and on the main page for each Area of Law collection.

Please note that you will only see results from the areas of law that are part of your subscription. To subscribe to additional areas of law, please call us at 780.420.1987 or email us at [email protected].

There are two search bars found on the LESA Library homepage and on the main page for each Area of Law. You can keyword search the full text of all our publications using these search bars. When viewing a publication, you can also use the search function within the PDF viewer to find keywords or terms.

Please note that you will only see results from the areas of law that are part of your subscription. To subscribe to additional areas of law, please call us at 780.420.1987 or email us at [email protected].

Forms, precedents, and checklists are generally appended to the relevant practice manual. Find these by clicking through to the Area of Law collection, opening the practice manual, and scrolling to the bottom of the page for the complete list of available precedents and checklists.

To find papers that include forms, precedents, and checklists, you can click the box beside “Precedent or Checklist” in the filter menu and click “Apply Filters”.

Please note that you will only see results from the areas of law that are part of your subscription. To subscribe to additional areas of law, please call us at 780.420.1987 or email us at [email protected].

To find resources for legal support staff, you can click the box beside “Legal Support Staff” in the filter menu and click “Apply Filters”. Legal support staff papers can also be found under the relevant area of law collection.

Please note that you will only see results from the areas of law that are part of your subscription. To subscribe to additional areas of law, please call us at 780.420.1987 or email us at [email protected].

Appendices for each practice manual can be found by clicking on the relevant area of law collection, clicking on the Practice Manual title, and then scrolling to the bottom of that page and clicking on “Appendices”.

The LESA Library’s “specialized areas of law” category includes program papers related to:

  • Administrative law
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate practice
  • Cannabis issues
  • Constitutional law
  • Environmental law
  • Health law
  • Immigration
  • Indigenous law
  • Labour and employment
  • Municipal law
  • Privacy law
  • Technology

Yes, legal support staff are permitted to use the account of a lawyer they directly report to.

Firm subscription rates are based on the number of lawyers in the firm who are called to the Alberta bar. Firms may purchase a subscription for one office location only, but all lawyers within that office location must be included in the subscription. Firm-based pricing is significantly reduced on a cost-per-lawyer basis to account for the fact that some lawyers may access the resource frequently and others may only use it occasionally, if at all. The firm-based pricing structure brings the “per lawyer” cost to significantly lower than $895 per lawyer, which is the cost for sole practitioners. Firms who would like to subscribe only the individuals who will actively use the LESA Library must subscribe those lawyers on an individual basis.

Each firm subscription has an account manager who may add or remove members of their firm subscription. To manage your team, click on “My Account” and then click “Team”. You can add or remove members, or assign the manager duties to another member of your team. If you need further assistance, please contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected].

If you are a lawyer or legal support staff at a firm with a subscription, you can ask your account manager for access. If you are unsure if your firm has a subscription or who is the account manager at your firm, please contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected].

Yes, account managers may add or remove members within their subscription tier number. If the number of lawyers you want to add to or remove from your firm subscription requires a change in your subscription tier, please contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected].

To manage your team, click on “My Account” and then click “Team”. You can add or remove members, or assign the manager duties to another member of your team.

Yes, lawyers may purchase an individual subscription if their firm does not wish to purchase a firm subscription.  

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