Program Chair(s)

John Friedlan, BSc, MBA, Ph.D., FCPA, FCA,

Associate Professor, Ontario Tech University

“I need to understand financials to properly advise my clients (but I confess – I don’t!)”

For more than 20 years, OsgoodePD’s Financial Statements for Legal Professionals, led by Professor John Friedlan, has trained hundreds of legal professionals.

Legal work often involves providing advice that requires analyzing or interpreting financial statements. To protect your clients’ interests effectively, you need to develop a sound understanding of financial statements and accounts, along with how such financial reports are used.

Leveraging the latest technology and best practices in e-learning, this OsgoodePD eCourse breaks down complex financial concepts in a clear and concise manner.

Comprised of short, practical multi-media modules referencing real-world examples, you will walk through sample financial reports and complete online exercises that test your understanding, analysis and interpretation of critical issues.

This self-paced program allows you to learn on your schedule and gives you the flexibility to revisit and repeat more challenging concepts.

Registration includes unlimited access to the course for one (1) year. Access includes downloadable, searchable materials comprised of valuable templates and precedents

What You’ll Learn

Program Director Professor John Friedlan reviews complex concepts in a clear and interactive manner. You will receive practical guidance on how to analyze and interpret a financial report, on key issues including:

Comprehensive overview of the financial reporting framework in Canada and its key components

Overview of the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the financial reporting process

An in-depth examination of key financial statement components

Clarification of accounting jargon and terminology

Red flags: tips and techniques to uncover hidden assets and liabilities

How to determine key financial ratios and evaluate a company’s performance

Understanding off-balance sheet items

How to interpret and analyze the Notes to Financial Statements

Who should attend

Legal professionals seeking a better understanding of financial records and key financial reporting issues, including:

Banking and financial services counsel

Corporate counsel

Insolvency and bankruptcy counsel

Litigation counsel

Charity and Not-for-profit counsel

Sole practitioners

In-house counsel

General counsel

Government lawyers

Family law practitioners

Andrea McEwan

Associate Litigation Lawyer, WEL Partners

“I thought the course was excellent. John Friedlan is a phenomenal instructor.”


Course Instructor

John Friedlan, BSc, MBA, Ph.D., FCPA, FCA,

Associate Professor, Ontario Tech University

Program Overview


This program was released on June 1, 2021 and is available to view anytime, at your own pace.

$847.50 + HST

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CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Technical Requirements

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