New alternative to traditional articling requirement approved
November 22, 2012
Convocation approved a three-year pilot project on November 22, 2012, that will allow lawyer licensing candidates to either article or complete a Law Practice Program (LPP), starting in the 2014-15 licensing year.
The pilot project will measure competence through a fair process that provides access to the profession and fosters access to justice, while protecting the public. The new licensing pilot project will be extended for up to an additional two years if there is insufficient evidence to properly evaluate the pilot after three years.
Under the pilot project, candidates may either complete the traditional 10-month articling term with enhanced documentation, or an approximately four-month long LPP, which will also include an additional four-month co-operative work placement.
An archive of the November 22, 2012 webcast and discussion is available on the Gazette.
October 25, 2012
The Articling Task Force introduced the Pathways Report to Convocation on October 25, 2012. Convocation deferred both the debate and a decision on the report's motion to allow time for more feedback from the profession.
The Law Society provides that feedback into two documents:
For your convenience, you may also read the summary of the original submissions made to the Articling Task Force consultation, or view those submissions below.
Additionally, the October 25, 2012 webcast and discussion are archived on the Gazette.
Articling: background materials
Articling: submissions to original consultation