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LESA produces the LESA Library as part of its mandate in the field of continuing legal education in Alberta, Canada. You agree to review these policies and terms of use prior to accessing the LESA Library. By accessing the LESA Library, you accept these terms. If you do not agree to these terms, contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected] prior to accessing the LESA Library.

Subscription and Payment Terms

Subscription Term

LESA Library subscriptions are for a 12-month term commencing on the day payment of the subscription is received.

Billing Policies

For annual payment, the full amount is due at initial purchase. Annual payments may be made by credit card or, if you are purchasing a firm subscription, you may choose to be invoiced and pay by cheque mailed to our office. If you choose to be invoiced, your subscription will not commence until LESA has received payment.

For monthly payments, subscribers commit to a 12-month subscription and must pay by credit card. Subscribers agree to provide LESA with credit card information and to promptly notify LESA of any changes to their credit card. Missed payments may result in your access to the LESA Library being suspended, pursuant to the breach provisions below. Monthly payments will be processed on the same date each month, starting on the day the subscription is purchased. If there is no corresponding date in a later month (for example, if a subscription is purchased January 31), the payment will be processed on the last day of each month.


Subscribers must commit to subscribing for the full 12-month term. Refunds, partial or full, will not be permitted without approval of LESA’s Executive Director. Subscribers who are not satisfied with their LESA Library subscription should contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected].


Subscribers will receive a renewal notice to the email associated to their account 3 weeks prior to their subscription expiring. Subscriptions will automatically renew for another 12-month term unless cancelled prior to the renewal date. Subscribers can cancel their subscription within the last three weeks of their 12-month term by logging in to their lesa.org account and clicking on “My Account”.

Individual Subscriptions

Individual subscribers are purchasing the LESA Library for personal use. Legal support staff under the direct supervision of the individual subscriber may access the LESA Library to assist the individual subscriber, provided they follow the terms of use outlined below.

Firm Subscriptions

A firm subscription is based on the total number of lawyers called to the Alberta bar and students-at law in the subscribed firm or organization. The benefits of the LESA Library extend to your entire firm. Firm subscriptions can be purchased for one or more office locations. All lawyers called to the Alberta bar and students-at-law in the office location must be included as subscribers.

In cases where the addition of students-at-law would elevate the firm or organization to a different subscription level, the firm or organization has the option to purchase individual student-at-law subscriptions at the discounted student pricing available at the time. Legal support staff are permitted to use the account of a lawyer they directly report to.

By accessing the LESA Library and agreeing to its terms, subscribed firms or organizations must confirm that the number of lawyers and students-at-law in the firm or organization is accurate both at initial purchase and at each renewal period.

Educational Institution Subscriptions

Post-secondary educational institutions may purchase a subscription based on the number of faculty and instructors in the relevant program. Faculty are bound by these terms of use with the exception that they are permitted to download templates or forms from the LESA Library to provide to students solely for educational purposes. Students are not permitted to access the LESA Library through a faculty subscription.


Students-at-law may be granted special pricing from time to time. An individual student-at-law subscriber is entitled to the student pricing available at the time of initial purchase and is granted access for personal use only. For students-at-law to be included in a firm subscription they must be included in the lawyer headcount in a firm or organization. In cases where the addition of students-at-law would elevate the firm or organization to a different subscription level, the firm or organization has the option to purchase individual student-at-law subscriptions at the student pricing available at the time. Student-at-law subscriptions renew according to the renewal policy above, at the regular subscription rate.

Summer Law Students

For LESA Library access for summer law students, please contact us at 780.420.1987 or [email protected].

Purchasing Hardcopies

Subscribers to the LESA Library may purchase a hardcopy of the Practice Manuals available on their LESA Library subscription at an initial discounted cost. Discount is applicable for new Practice Manual purchases only. Once purchased at the initial discounted cost, the subscriber will be added to the subscription lists for the Practice Manuals purchased and will be shipped subsequent updates that will be separately invoiced. To purchase a hardcopy, please email [email protected] or call 780.420.1987.

Terms of Use

Authorized Uses

You may use the LESA Library for the following purposes in your legal research or law practice:

  • Access, search, retrieve, and view the LESA Library in the normal course of law practice or legal research
  • Quote and excerpt from the LESA Library (with appropriate credit) by electronic or other means;
  • Print out reasonable portions* for personal use;
  • Download and adapt selected forms, checklists, and precedents; and
  • Access and view any provided materials from selected programs.
Prohibited Uses
  • Download, copy, print, or electronically transmit significant portions* of the LESA Library;
  • Download significant portions* to use after your subscription expires;
  • Obtain or distribute materials for others who are not subscribers (except for legal support staff under your direct supervision, but not including students-at-law);
  • Reproduce, publish, sell, rent, loan, or lease the LESA Library or any portions of it in electronic or print form;
  • Download or save copies of audio or video files;
  • Share usernames and passwords to access the LESA Library (except for legal support staff under your direct supervision, but not including students-at-law);
  • Create hyperlinks to materials or resources available on the LESA Library without LESA’s prior written consent; or
  • Decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or destroy the LESA Library or any portion of it.

*LESA, in its sole discretion, determines what constitutes “reasonable” and “significant” portions of the LESA Library.


LESA does not guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any information provided, accessible, or available via the LESA Library, or in any document referenced (whether by title or hyperlink). The information is provided as a reference point only and not as legal or professional advice: do not rely on it. Consult other resources to ensure the completeness of your research.

Neither LESA nor its directors, officers, employees, or contributors are responsible for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damage or any other damages whatsoever and howsoever caused, arising out of or in connection with your use and access of the LESA Library, including the reliance on the information provided in the LESA Library.

Additional Terms


Each time you access or use the LESA Library, you signify your continuing acceptance of these polices and terms of use.


LESA may change these policies and terms of use from time to time. Your continued access or use of the LESA Library after a change is posted constitutes your acceptance of that change. You should periodically review these policies.

Breach of These Terms

LESA may terminate your access to the LESA Library at any time for any reason, including but not limited to failure to make timely payments or if you breach the Terms of Use. On termination, you must immediately destroy all materials obtained from the LESA Library. Full or partial refunds will not be provided if LESA terminates your access to the LESA Library for failure to make timely payments or a breach of the Terms of Use.

Information and Privacy

Use of the LESA Library is subject to the general LESA Privacy Policy.

IP Address

A user’s IP address is stored on the LESA Library servers for a period of time, during which it can be seen by server administrators.


The site sets a temporary session cookie on a visitor’s computer whenever a page is visited. If you save a username or password in your browser, that information is saved and resent to the server on future visits. If you are using a public computer and do not wish to show your username to future users, clear these cookies after use.

Governing Law

These policies and terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Alberta and the laws of Canada, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and you submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Alberta. If any provision of this agreement is unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision is severable from this agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

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