Articling

The Articling Program in the Licensing Process is ten months in length, which may include up to ten days of vacation. An online Professional Responsibility and Practice Course must be completed during the articling term and requires completion of an Assessment with your Articling Principal. The online Professional Responsibility and Practice Course will be available to articling candidates who have filed their Articles of Clerkship and paid the articling program fee. The Assessment Guide and questions will be provided to your Articling Principal to administer.

In order to commence and obtain credit for articles, candidates must:

  • be a registered candidate in the Licensing Process;
  • have completed the Canadian JD/LL.B or have received the N.C.A. Certificate of Qualification;
  • ensure that they article with an approved Articling Principal who has filed the required Application, approved by the Law Society.

Candidates who commence articles without an approved Principal will not receive credit for any work completed.

 

Writing Examinations during the Articling Term
Obtaining Credit for Articles
Professional Responsibility and Practice Course
Calls to the Bar
Filing Requirements
Rights of Appearance

 

Writing Examinations during the Articling Term

If you choose to write your first attempt of either the Solicitor or Barrister Licensing Examinations during the articling term, your Articling Principal is required to provide you with five days of uninterrupted study time, one day to write a licensing examination and one free day, free of articling employment duties for each of your first attempts at writing a Licensing Examination. This designated examination preparation time, which is a total of 14 business days for both examinations, is in addition to the articling term and must form part of the articling contract. Any study days taken (that are not considered vacation days) will be added on to the ten month articling term thereby extending your articles by the amount of days taken. It is recommended that you discuss and agree upon a scheduled examination session with your Articling Principal.

Obtaining Credit for Articles

In order to obtain credit for your articling placement you must ensure that:

  1. Your Articling Principal is approved; If the lawyer who will be supervising your work is not yet approved as an articling principal, (s)he will need to submit an Application to Serve as an Articling Principal. The approval process takes approximately two weeks.

    Work commenced with an unapproved principal, or without timely filing of Articles of Clerkship, will not be recognized as credit towards your articling requirement.
  2. You file the  Articles of Clerkship within ten business days of starting your articles. Candidates who file the Articles of Clerkship after this date will be required to pay a late filing fee, as set by Convocation, which is currently $100.00 (plus applicable taxes).

  3. You complete the online Professional Responsibility and Practice Course Assessment with your Articling Principal during the articling term.
  4. You file the  Certificate of Service Under Articles at the end of the articling term (or early April 2014 in anticipation of a June 2014 call to the bar).

Professional Responsibility and Practice Course

The online Professional Responsibility and Practice (PRP) Course will be available to candidates who have filed their Articles of Clerkship and satisfied the Articling Program fee. Successful completion of the articling requirement, the online Course and Assessment, and the licensing examinations are requirements for call to the Bar.

The candidate will be required to complete an online PRP Course during the articling term. The Course is designed to expand the candidates’ knowledge of lawyers’ duties, tasks, and challenges, and to provide a suggested approach for analyzing common ethical and practice dilemmas. The Course will take approximately 30 hours to complete and is designed for self-directed learning. The Course can be completed at any time during articles and is integrated with the articling term to enable candidates to apply the concepts they are learning to their day-to-day tasks, as well as to involve Articling Principals as mentors in the training process.

Toward the end of the articling term, candidates will meet with their Articling Principals and complete the PRP Course Assessment, an informal assessment based on Course content. Candidates eligible for the June 2014 Call are required to complete the assessment by early spring 2014 to meet the early filing deadlines.  

Calls to the Bar

Candidates who wish to be called to the bar in June 2014 must commence articles by August 6, 2013. Calls to the Bar will be held in June 2014, September 2014 and January 2015. Candidates who commence articles after August 6, 2013 may be eligible for the September, or later, call to the bar.

Filing Requirements

Please review information regarding Filing Requirements for Articling Documents. There will be an early filing requirement for candidates who are eligible and wish to be called to the bar in June 2014. This early filing requirement will require that the Professional Responsibility and Practice Course and Assessment be completed prior to the early filing for the end of the term. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all required articling documentation is filed in order to obtain credit for articles.

Rights of Appearance

Only those candidates who have entered into Articles of Clerkship, and filed with the Law Society, may hold themselves out as students-at-law and make student-at-law appearances before Courts and Tribunals. For more information, regarding Rights of Appearances please review the link Articled Student-at-law's Right to Appear Before Courts and Tribunals.


Should you have any questions or wish to discuss any articling-related concerns, you may contact the Articling Office by phone 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3315, fax 416-947-3403, or email articling@lsuc.on.ca