Procedures and Policies


Apply for Abridgment of the Articling Placement, based on compassionate grounds
Apply for Abridgment of the Articling Placement, based on prior legal experience
Apply for Articling Exemption from the Experiential Training Program
Apply to Serve as Articling Principal
Appointment of Articling Candidates or Summer Law Students as Commissioners for Taking Affidavits
Assignment of Articling Placement
Early Filing
Filing Documents
International Articling Placement
Joint Articling Placement
Licensing Process Policies
National Articling Placement
Ontario Articling Placement
Part Time Articling Placement
Practice Guidelines for Articling Candidates Awaiting Call to the Bar
Recruitment Procedures
Supervision Agreement
Temporary Assignment of Articling Placement
Terminating the Articling Placement
Time Off and Study Days during Articling Placement
Withdrawal of an Articling Commitment

 

 

Apply for Abridgment of the Articling Placement, based on compassionate grounds

The Licensing and Accreditation Department may approve an abridgment of the articling placement based on compassionate grounds for a period of up to six weeks. Compassionate grounds may include family responsibilities, prolonged illness or injury or any other ground deemed compassionate by the Licensing and Accreditation Department.

To apply for an abridgment based on compassionate grounds, the following is required:

  1. Letter of request from candidate indicating the reasons for the abridgment including relevant supporting medical documentation; and
  2. Letter from the candidate's Principal or the Principal’s law firm indicating the start date of the articling placement and the total number of vacation and sick days taken to the date of the request. This letter must be forwarded directly by the Principal or Principal's law firm to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Granting of an abridgment, based on compassionate grounds is discretionary. The approval process takes approximately 2 weeks provided all required documentation is filed.

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Apply for Abridgment of the Articling Term, based on prior legal experience

A Candidate may apply for an abridgment of the Articling Term based on prior legal experience when the candidate has:

  1. Been licensed to practice law in another jurisdiction and practised as a lawyer in that jurisdiction, or
  2. Has practised as a lawyer in a another jurisdiction, or
  3. Has had other legal experience.

When evaluating a candidate’s request for an abridgment, the Manager of Licensing and Accreditation will consider:

a) the length, recency, nature, scope and diversity of the candidate’s legal experience, and

b) the relevance of the legal experience to the experiential training competencies and requirements for candidates established by the Society

When evaluating a request for abridgment based on prior legal experience, the Manager of Licensing and Accreditation will not consider experience obtained by the candidate before completing a program to obtain a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a law school or experience obtained while enrolled in a program of a law school, including full-time, part-time or summer experience in a law firm or legal organization, and/or clinical experience.

Candidates and Referees should refer to the criteria for abridgment in the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies and the experiential training competencies for candidates as a guide to completing application materials. The application will not be considered complete unless specific examples of the applicant’s prior legal experience are provided. Candidates and Referees should provide descriptions of those specific examples that assist in demonstrating the applicant’s fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates.

Note: Where a candidate who requests an abridgment of articles based on prior legal experience has been licensed to practice law in another jurisdiction, the Candidate must currently be in good standing in that jurisdiction or must have chosen not to maintain their license to practice law in that jurisdiction for reasons other than disciplinary action.

To apply for an abridgment based on prior practice experience, the following documents are required:

  1. Application for Articling Abridgment
  2. A letter from the candidate, describing the period of the candidate’s legal experience as it relates to the experiential training competencies and requirements for candidates as established by the Society. The candidate must reference the experiential training competencies for candidates and provide specific examples of the applicable competencies;
  3. A letter of reference from one or more lawyer or judge referees who have direct knowledge of the candidate’s legal experience. The letter(s) must verify the period of the candidate’s legal experience and its relevance to the experiential training competencies for candidates by providing specific examples. The letter(s) of reference must be sent directly from the referee to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada by regular mail, email or facsimile;
  4. Where the candidate has begun articling, a letter from the candidate’s Principal or the Principal's law firm must be sent directly from the Principal or Principal’s law firm to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada.  This letter must indicate the start date of the articling placement and the amount of Time Off from articles the candidate has taken up to the date of request, including any vacation, sick days or study time.
  5. Where the candidate has been admitted to the bar(s) of another province or foreign jurisdiction, an original Certificate of Standing must be sent from the governing body of that jurisdiction directly to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada.  
    Note: A Certificate of Standing that is not issued in English or French must be translated by a certified translator before it can be sent to the Law Society of Upper Canada.  The original Certificate of Standing must be sent by the governing body of that jurisdiction directly to a certified translator.  The certified translator must then send both the original and translated copies of the Certificate of Standing directly to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  6. An application fee of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). The Law Society will invoice the candidate's online account in the amount of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes), or you may pay by certified cheque or money order payable to The Law Society of Upper Canada.

The approval process takes approximately 2 weeks once all required documentation listed above has been received by Articling and the fee is paid.

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Apply for Articling Exemption from the Experiential Training Program

An exemption from the Experiential Training Program is a waiver of the requirement to complete either Articles or the Law Practice Program, based on the minimum requirement of 10 months of common law practice experience. Candidates registered in the Lawyer Licensing Process are entitled to apply for an exemption if they meet the criteria outlined in the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies. Specifically, a candidate may request an exemption from the requirement to complete the Experiential Training Program if the candidate:

a) Has been licensed to practice law in a common law jurisdiction, and is currently in good standing in that jurisdiction or has chosen not to maintain their license to practice law in that jurisdiction for reasons other than any disciplinary action; and

b) Has had at least 10 months of common law practice experience in that jurisdiction (as defined by the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies), which addresses the experiential training competencies and requirements for candidates established by the Society.

Candidates who are exempt from the Experiential Training Program are still required to complete the Licensing Examinations.  There is no specific order in which the candidate must submit their request for an exemption and complete their Licensing Examinations.

Candidates who have been approved for an exemption must then complete the Professional Conduct and Practice in Ontario (PCPO) course. The next PCPO course is offered on November 30, December 1, and December 2, 2016 and on May 3, 4 and 5, 2017 at the Law Society of Upper Canada in Toronto. It is mandatory for all candidates who have been granted an exemption to attend the full three-day, in-person course. Candidates must ensure that their travel arrangements do not conflict with the scheduled course activities. Enrolment in the PCPO is limited to candidates who have been granted an exemption from the Experiential Training Program.

The fee for the PCPO course is $900.00 (plus applicable taxes). Payment of the PCPO fee must be received order to complete the course registration.

An application for exemption from the Experiential Training Program will not be considered complete until the following documents have been received by Articling:

  1. Application for Exemption from the Experiential Training Program;
  2. A letter from the candidate, setting out the specific period of the candidate’s practice experience in a common law jurisdiction and a description of the practice setting. The letter must describe the relevance of the candidate’s common law practice experience to the legal skills, practices and systems ordinarily experienced during an articling placement with specific reference to and examples of the applicable experiential training competencies for candidates.
  3. An original Certificate of Standing from the governing body of the legal profession of that jurisdiction sent directly from that governing body to Articling and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  4. Note: A Certificate of Standing that is not issued in English or French must be translated by a certified translator before it can be sent to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The original Certificate of Standing must be sent by the governing body of that jurisdiction directly to a certified translator. The certified translator must then send both the original and translated copies of the Certificate of Standing directly to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  5. An original letter of reference from one or more lawyer or judge referees, sent directly to Articling by the referee(s). The letter should verify the candidate’s legal experience in a common law jurisdiction and how it relates to the legal skills, practices and systems ordinarily experienced during an articling placement. The reference letter(s) must refer to the experiential training competencies for candidates and provide specific examples of the applicable competencies.
  6. The application fee of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). The Law Society of Upper Canada will invoice your online account in the amount of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes) or you may pay by certified cheque or money order payable to The Law Society of Upper Canada;

The approval process takes approximately 2 weeks once all required documentation listed above has been received by Articling is filed and the fee is paid. Candidates are strongly encouraged to review documentation requirements carefully and submit their completed applications at least 30 business days prior to the next scheduled PCPO session.

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Apply to Serve as Articling Principal

Articling Principals must meet certain eligibility criteria and ensure that they have been approved by the Law Society in advance of the commencement of an articling placement. Prospective Principals are required to file an Application to Serve as Articling Principal, including a statement of qualifications to be approved. For more information regarding the eligibility criteria and application process to serve as an Articling Principal, please see the Guide for Articling Principals.

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Appointment of Articling Candidates or Summer Law Students as Commissioners for Taking Affidavits

An articling candidate or summer law student seeking to become a commissioner for taking affidavits should apply prior to the start of the articling placement, or before commencing employment.

The applicant must complete the “Commissioner for Taking Affidavits–Student-at-Law/Law Student Application”, available from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website at Commissioner for Taking Affidavits and Non-Lawyer Notary Public Appointments.

Provided the commissioner has purchased a stamp, the candidate may take affidavits beginning on the effective date noted on the “Instructions and Notice of Approval in Principle” form. The candidate need not wait for the official certificate of appointment but must have the designated stamp. Section 6 of the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act applies to all articling candidate commissioners.

Appointments granted to articling candidates and summer law students are portable in the event of an assignment of articles or change of legal employer. Articling candidates should promptly advise the Legal Appointments Office in writing in the event of an assignment of articling placement. The requirement to turn in one commission before another is approved does not apply in the case of articling candidates.

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Assignment of Articling Placement

An assignment of articling placement is when an articling candidate transfers permanently from one Principal to another during the articling term. The assigned Principal must be approved as an Articling Principal prior to the commencement of the assigned placement, as the Law Society does not recognize time served with an unapproved Articling Principal.

To assign an articling placement, an Assignment of Articling Placement form must be filed by the candidate and the assigned Articling Principal within 10 business days of the transfer. The assigned Principal must also file an Experiential Training Plan within the first 10 business days of the new placement using the Articling Program Reporting Tool.

For a candidate to receive full credit for their articles, a Certificate of Service under Articles form must be filed for each placement, regardless of its duration. The candidate and each Principal must also file the Record of Experiential Training. Principals will file the Record of Experiential Training using the Articling Program Reporting Tool, while the candidate will file the Record of Experiential Training using their online account.

If the placement is with two or more firms, either consecutively or concurrently, the issue of conflicts of interest must be addressed. Please refer to Rules 3.4-17 to 3.4-26 of the Rules of Professional Conduct on Conflicts From Transfer Between Law Firms.

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Early Filing

Candidates who start the articling placement by mid-August, are eligible for and wish to be called to the bar in June of the following year must take advantage of the early filing option for the requirements at the end of the placement. Candidates who file early must use the Certificate of Service under Articles - June call to the bar.

The early filing deadline is April 1 in order for a candidate to be called to the bar in June of that year. If April 1 falls on a weekend, the next business day is the deadline.

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Filing Documents 

If an original document is not required, Principals and candidates may file documents with Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society by:

  1. Email to articling@lsuc.on.ca (if a signature is required, print, sign, date and scan the document); or
  2. Mail to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada M5H 2N6; or
  3. In-person delivery to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada M5H 2N6.

If an original document is required, it may be filed by mail or courier.

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International Articling Placement

An international articling placement is one that is served outside Canada and is supervised by a lawyer in good standing who has been called to the bar in another jurisdiction, or by an approved Principal who will not be providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with the laws and practices applicable to the practice of law in the Province of Ontario.

An international articling placement and the supervising lawyer must be approved in advance by Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada and an Application for a National or International Articling Placement is required. If the lawyer is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the lawyer must be approved as an Articling Principal.

If the candidate wishes to serve their articling placement with a lawyer who is not a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the lawyer must apply for approval as a supervising lawyer from Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society of Upper Canada. A Certificate of Good Standing, which includes the name and years of legal experience of the supervising lawyer and confirmation that the lawyer is in good standing with their governing body should be sent directly from the issuing jurisdiction to Articling , Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In order to avoid unauthorized practice issues, candidates and supervising lawyers are required to consult and comply with the home province’s rules and regulations regarding the permitted use of the designation of articling candidates during the placement as well as any rights of appearance in courts and tribunals that pertain thereto.

Examples of international articling placements:

  1. An articling placement with a principal in Hong Kong who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with Hong Kong real estate law.
  2. An articling placement in Boston with a lawyer called to the Massachusetts’ Bar who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with U.S. trade laws.
  3. An articling placement with the War Crimes Tribunal under the direct supervision of a judge.

Upon completion of an international articling placement, the supervising lawyer shall submit the Certificate of Service under Articles.

The approval process takes approximately 2 weeks provided all required documentation is filed.

 To apply for International articles, the following is required:

  1. Application for National or International Articling Placement
  2. The application fee is $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). The Law Society of Upper Canada will invoice your online account in the amount of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes) or you may pay by certified cheque or money order payable to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  3. An original Certificate of Good Standing that must be sent directly from the issuing jurisdiction of the proposed supervising lawyer to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada. 
  4. Note: A Certificate of Standing that is not issued in English or French must be translated by a certified translator before it can be sent to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The original Certificate of Standing must be sent by the governing body of that jurisdiction directly to a certified translator. The certified translator must then send both the original and translated copies of the Certificate of Standing directly to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  5. A description of the proposed legal experience and a description of the proposed legal supervision.

Please note that this application will not be considered complete unless specific examples of the proposed legal experience are provided. The supervising lawyer should provide descriptions of those specific examples that assist in demonstrating the articling candidate’s fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates.

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Joint Articling Placement

A joint articling placement is served under the direct supervision of two or more Principals who agree to share the services of a candidate during a 10 month articling placement. 

A candidate registered in the Lawyer Licensing Process must submit a Joint Articles of Clerkship form by no later than 10 business days after the start of a joint articling placement.  This form must include a proposed schedule that has been agreed upon by all parties.  If the form cannot accommodate the proposed schedule, a detailed schedule must be attached as a separate document.  For example, the proposed schedule may indicate that an articling candidate will work mornings at one employer and afternoons at the other employer, or Monday, Wednesday and Friday at one employer and Tuesday and Thursday at the other employer.

Articling candidates and Principals who wish to enter into a joint articling arrangement must be sensitive to conflict of interest concerns. Prior to commencing the joint articling relationship, all parties should review the Rules of Professional Conduct concerning Conflicts from Transfer Between Law Firms.

The Law Society will not necessarily grant credit for time spent in an articling placement that has started more than 10 business days prior to the date the Joint Articles of Clerkship form is filed, and will only grant credit for placements supervised by an approved Principal(s). 

Note: Each Joint Articling Principal is responsible for filing their own Experiential Training Plan and Record of Experiential Training using the online Articling Program Reporting Tool.  

 

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National Articling Placement

A national articling placement is one served within Canada that is supervised by a lawyer in good standing who has been called to the bar in another Canadian jurisdiction, or by an approved Principal who will not be providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with the laws and practices applicable to the practice of law in the Province of Ontario.

A national articling placement must be approved in advance by Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada and an Application for a National or International Articling Placement is required. If the lawyer is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the lawyer must apply for approval as an Articling Principal.

If the candidate wishes to serve their articling placement with a lawyer who is not a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the lawyer must apply for approval as a supervising lawyer from Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department of the Law Society of Upper Canada. A Certificate of Good Standing, which includes the name and years of legal experience of the supervising lawyer and confirmation that the lawyer is in good standing with their governing body should be sent directly from the issuing jurisdiction to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In order to avoid unauthorized practice issues, candidates and supervising lawyers are required to consult and comply with the home province’s rules and regulations regarding the permitted use of the designation of articling candidates during the placement as well as any rights of appearance in courts and tribunals that pertain thereto.

Examples of national articling placements:

  1. An articling placement served with a Principal in Quebec who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with Quebec civil law.
  2. An articling placement served with a Principal in British Columbia who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with wills and estates law.

Upon completion of a national articling placement, the supervising lawyer shall submit the Certificate of Service under Articles

The approval process takes approximately 2 weeks provided all required documentation is filed.

To apply for National articles, the following is required:

  1. Application for National or International Articling Placement.
  2. The application fee is $160.00 (plus applicable taxes). The Law Society of Upper Canada will invoice your online account in the amount of $160.00 (plus applicable taxes) or you may pay by certified cheque or money order payable to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  3. An original Certificate of Good Standing that must be sent directly from the issuing jurisdiction of the proposed supervising lawyer to Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  4. Note: A Certificate of Standing that is not issued in English or French must be translated by a certified translator before it can be sent to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The original Certificate of Standing must be sent by the governing body of that jurisdiction directly to a certified translator. The certified translator must then send both the original and translated copies of the Certificate of Standing directly to Articling at the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

  5. A description of the proposed legal experience and a description of the proposed legal supervision.

Please note that this application will not be considered complete unless specific examples of the proposed legal experience are provided. The supervising lawyer should provide descriptions of those specific examples that assist in demonstrating the articling candidate’s fulfillment of the experiential training competencies for candidates.

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Ontario Articling Placement

An Ontario articling placement is one served with a Principal who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with laws and practices applicable to the practice of law in the province of Ontario.

Examples of Ontario Articles:

  1. An Articling Placement served with an Ontario-called Principal in Ottawa who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with Ontario criminal law.
  2. An Articling Placement served with an Ontario-called Principal in New York who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with Ontario estate planning law.
  3. An Articling Placement served with an Ontario-called Principal in Saskatoon who is providing the articling candidate with an experience that substantially deals with Canadian income tax law.

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Part-Time Articling Placement

A part-time articling placement is served under the direct supervision of a Principal on a part-time basis for a continuous term that is equivalent to 10 months.  

A candidate registered in the Lawyer Licensing Process must submit a Part-Time Articles of Clerkship form by no later than 10 business days after the start of a part-time articling placement. This form must include a proposed schedule that has been agreed upon by the candidate and the Principal, and indicate a term that is equivalent to articling for 10 months on a full-time basis. Candidates are entitled to take up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off from articling placement duties over the course of the articling placement.

Examples of acceptable equivalent arrangements:

  1. 110 weeks at 2 days per week which includes up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off
  2. 88 weeks at 2.5 days per week which includes up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off
  3. 73 weeks at 3 days per week which includes up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off
  4. 55 weeks at 4 days per week which includes up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off

No credit will be given for more than eight hours work per day, and one workday is equal to a minimum of seven working hours. The placement must be completed within three years of the start date of the placement.

The Certificate of Service under Articles must reflect the exact dates worked; a schedule may be attached if necessary.

The Law Society will not necessarily grant credit for time spent in an articling placement that has started more than 10 business days prior to the date the Part-Time Articles of Clerkship form is filed, and will only grant credit for placements supervised by an approved Principal.

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Supervision Agreement

If a candidate has completed the Experiential Training Program (either by completing Articles or the Law Practice Program), or has been approved for an exemption from the Experiential Training Program requirement, that candidate may provide legal services under the direct supervision of a licensed lawyer (including appearing before Ontario courts and tribunals) pending their call to the bar by filing a Supervision Agreement. The Supervision Agreement must be accompanied by a letter of request from the candidate. Candidates may not provide legal services and/or make appearances until their Supervision Agreement has been approved by the Law Society. Supervision Agreements will generally be approved for a period of up to four months or until the next applicable call to the bar ceremony.

For more information about the availability and scope of a Supervision Agreement and the related requirements, please see Guidelines for Lawyer Licensing Process Candidates Awaiting Call to the Bar and Rights of Appearance.

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 Temporary Assignment of Articling Placement

A temporary assignment of articling placement is when an articling candidate transfers for a period of more than four weeks and up to a maximum of three months from one Principal to another lawyer during the articling placement. A Temporary Assignment of Articling Placement form is required to be filed with Articling, Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation Department at the Law Society within 10 business days of the transfer.

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Terminating the Articling Placement

An articling placement may be terminated prior to the end of the anticipated articling term by either a candidate or a Principal, or by mutual agreement. The obligations and protocols around this circumstance are set out in Part X of the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies

A candidate or Principal who is experiencing difficulties during the articling placement may contact Articling for practical suggestions to help resolve any issues, as well as to discuss administrative obligations and options related to terminating an articling placement if that is contemplated. The Law Society cannot, however, provide legal advice or opinions. Candidates or Principals may access the Law Society Referral Service to be referred to a lawyer.

Where an articling placement is terminated, the onus is on the candidate to find another articling placement in order to complete his/her articling term.

Within 10 days after a placement is terminated, both the candidate and the Principal must provide to the Law Society written notice that includes the effective date of the termination, and the Principal must file the required Certificate of Service under Articles completed by both the candidate and the Principal.

Where a candidate transfers to another articling placement immediately upon the termination of an articling placement, the candidate and the new Principal must complete and provide to the Law Society an Assignment of Articles form within 10 days of the commencement of the new articling placement.

If you feel you have suffered discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or a paralegal, you may contact the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel on a confidential basis to discuss the situation.

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Time Off and Study Days during Articling Placement

Articling candidates are entitled to take up to a total of 10 business days of Time Off from articling placement duties over the course of an articling placement that is 10 consecutive months in duration, to complete the Articling Program requirements. Pursuant to the Lawyer Licensing Process Policies, “Time Off” means any day on which a candidate does not perform articling placement duties, and includes, without limitation, Study Days, vacation days, sick days and personal days. In the case of an abridged articling placement, the amount of Time Off is prorated accordingly.

Principals are not required to provide any minimum number of vacation days during the course of an articling placement. The provision of vacation days, sick days and personal days is a private matter to be agreed upon between a Principal and an articling candidate. These should be discussed when negotiating the terms of the articling placement employment.

Additional days of Time Off (beyond 10 business days) may also be taken by a candidate by agreement with his/her Principal, provided that corresponding additional days are added on to the end of the articling placement term. For example, if a Principal agrees to provide an articling candidate with 15 vacation days during an articling placement, and the candidate takes all 15 vacation days, then the term of the articling placement will need to be at least 10 months plus 5 business days.

A candidate who is taking his/her first attempt at writing the Solicitor Licensing Examination or the Barrister Licensing Examination during the articling placement is entitled to be provided with up to a total of 7 Study Days free of articling placement duties per Licensing Examination, consisting of 5 days of uninterrupted study time, 1 day to write the Licensing Examination, and 1 free day. It is up to the candidate to request the number of Study Days he/she would like to take (up to seven per Licensing Examination). There is no such requirement to provide Study Days for a candidate’s subsequent attempt(s) at writing either Licensing Examination.

Any Study Days that a candidate takes during an articling placement for the purpose of writing a licensing examination must be either counted towards the candidate’s allowed amount of Time Off (10 business days) or added on to the end of the articling placement term, so that the candidate may still satisfy the requirement of serving for 10 full months. 

 

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Withdrawal of an Articling Commitment

The offer and acceptance of an articling position constitutes a binding agreement between a Principal and a candidate that carries professional obligations over and above the normal contractual obligations.

Where a Principal commits to provide an articling placement to a candidate and is subsequently unable to fulfill that commitment due to a change in the Principal’s practice circumstances, membership status or other related factors, the Principal should take all reasonable steps to ensure an appropriate alternative articling placement is found for the candidate. Examples of such steps include assisting candidates in obtaining interviews with other firms, making administrative services available to the candidate, and providing the candidate with a letter that clearly states that the candidate is without an articling placement through no fault of his/her own.


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