Changes are effective for articling placements starting on or after May 1, 2014.
As part of the Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project, the Law Society has enhanced the Articling Program to support an overall evaluation of the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. The new evaluative measures mirror those in the Law Practice Program and over the course of the pilot project the Law Society will study the effectiveness of both programs in preparing candidates for entry to the profession.
Learning in both programs is based on the experiential training competencies for candidates, which are the skills, tasks and knowledge necessary for entry-level practice. Articling placements are required to support fulfillment of these skills competencies.
In addition to the current Articling Program requirements, there are three new requirements effective for placements starting on or after May 1, 2014:
- Principal files an Experiential Training Plan for the articling placement using the Articling Program Reporting Tool before the start of the first articling placement being supervised by that Principal, or within 10 business days from the start of that placement. The purpose of the Experiential Training Plan is to assure that the articling placement will provide the candidate with a meaningful training experience. The preparation of plans will also help promote a level of consistency in application of skills competencies across articling placements.
- Principal files the Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program (RET) using the Articling Program Reporting Tool at the end of the articling placement or within 10 business days from the end. The RET is an online tool developed by the Law Society to gather information about articling placement from Principals and candidates.
- Candidate files the Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program using the Articling Program Reporting Tool at the end of the articling placement or within 10 business days from the end.
Refer to the interactive Guide to the 2015-16 Articling Program for an overview of the program and the changes made effective for the 2014-15 year. Viewers may navigate to specific sections of the Guide at any time by using the menu on the left side of the screen.
Guide to 2015-16 Articling Program Transcript
Articling Program 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.
It is recommended that the Experiential Training Plan 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 candidate and Principal review and manage the information on 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.