At the end of the articling placement or within 10 days from the end both the Principal and candidate must file their respective final Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program (RET) using the Articling Program Reporting Tool in order for the candidate to obtain credit for the placement and be eligible for licensure. If the candidate is eligible for and wishes to attend the June call to the Bar, the RET must be filed by April 1st each year.
Principal Login to the Articling Program Reporting Tool
Candidate Login to the Articling Program Reporting Tool
The RET is an online tool developed by the Law Society to gather information about articling placements from Principals and from candidates. Both the Principal and the candidate must log into the Articling Program Reporting Tool to access the RET. It is recommended that the RET is reviewed early in the articling placement so both the Principal and candidate have a good understanding of the reporting requirements at the outset.
Principals and candidates are required to use the RET to report to the Law Society on the activities undertaken by the candidate during the articling placement:
- Candidate is required to report on their experience during the placement relating to the experiential training competencies.
- Principal is required to report on the candidate’s experience during the placement relating to the experiential training competencies.
- Principal is required to report on the candidate’s performance in each of the performance appraisal competencies. This appraisal will be formulated by assessing the candidate’s performance in each of the five required tasks related to the performance appraisal competencies. Once the Principal files the RET, the report on the performance appraisal competencies will be sent to the candidate through their Licensing Process web account.
- Principal and candidate will be asked to provide qualitative feedback about the articling placement experience.
The Principal and candidate may access their own RET throughout the placement to update reporting and may revise responses at any time before filing the RET at the end of the placement.
Principals and candidates are encouraged to review their RET often and to work together to identify tasks and activities that the candidate could benefit from. This may be to gain a higher level of experience with a certain competency area, to gain experience with a new competency area, or to develop their skills.
The Law Society encourages the Principal to use this exercise of tracking and reporting on candidate activities, especially the performance appraisal reporting, as an opportunity to provide the candidate with valued and sought-after feedback about their work.
Note: If the activities listed in the Report on the Experiential Training Competencies or the Report on the Performance Appraisal Competencies are not applicable in the context of the placement, additional information is required.
Here is a sample copy of the Report on the Experiential Training Competencies which includes all the experiential training competencies and a range of up to file levels of experience to choose from for each.
Here is a sample copy of the Report on the Performance Appraisal Competencies which includes a five-or three-point scale used to describe the candidate’s level of performance while undertaking the five specific tasks that must be evaluated.
Use these document to review the requirements, track progress or provide feedback throughout the placement. Please do not attempt to file these forms with the Law Society.