Articling Program

Changes to the Articling Program are effective for articling placements starting on or after May 1, 2014.

Experiential training enables candidates to apply their formal learning and develop their skills, professional abilities and judgment, and to learn about what it means to be a lawyer. The experiential training component of the Licensing Process is designed to assist the candidate to become prepared for entry-level practice.

The Articling Program is one pathway to obtain the required experiential training in order to be licensed to practice law in Ontario. An alternative pathway is the Law Practice Program. Both pathways are based on supporting the fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates, established by the Law Society.

Candidates registered in the Licensing Process may begin the Articling Program at any time upon completion of a J.D or LL.B or receipt of an N.C.A Certificate of Qualification.

The Articling Program requires candidates to work consecutively for 10 months with an approved Articling Principal. The Law Society may not recognize any time served during an articling placement with an unapproved Articling Principal; therefore candidates are required to confirm that their Principal has been approved to serve as an Articling Principal before starting the placement. See Apply to Serve as Articling Principal

Candidates are responsible for finding their own articling placement, and the Law Society has resources like the Articling Registry and the Mentorship Program to help with their search.

In addition to a traditional 10 month full time articling placement in Ontario, candidates have the option to fulfill the program requirements through a joint articling placement, a part time articling placement, a national placement or an international placement.

Once an articling placement has started, any significant changes to the placement, including assignment of the placement, consideration of termination of the placement and withdrawal of commitment must be reported to the Law Society immediately. See a complete list of significant changes that must be reported to the Law Society.

For more information about the Articling Program, including applying for an exemption, writing examinations during the placement and applying for an abridgment, see Procedures and Policies and the FAQs, or contact us at or 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380 ext.3315.


Articling Placement Requirements


It is recommended that the Principal and candidate review the Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program early in the placement so there is a good understanding of the reporting requirements at the outset.


  • Significant changes to the articling placement must be reported immediately to the Law Society

It is recommended that the Experiential Training Plan filed with the Law Society is reviewed throughout the placement to track progress and to ensure the training remains relevant and continues to support fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates.

It is recommended that the Principal manages the Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program throughout the placement. 

NOTE: Changes to the Articling Program effective May 1, 2017

The competency-based structure of the Articling Program and the related reporting requirements for articling principals and candidates (the Experiential Training Plan and the Record of Experiential Training) have now been in place for three years. As a result of these evolving requirements, all articling placements that begin on or after May 1, 2017 will no longer include a requirement to complete the Professional Responsibility and Practice Course and Assessment. The competencies and skills previously supported by this component are now assessed during articling placements, and are reported to the Law Society by articling principals and candidates.

The Law Society continues to offer extensive supports to candidates and licensees to assist with understanding their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Law Society's By-Laws, as well as managing their practice and improving their practice


* These requirements must be filed early if the candidate is eligible for and wishes to be called to the bar in June of the current licensing process year. The early filing deadline for the June call to the bar is April 1 each year.