Students-at-law must complete a term of at least forty-eight (48) weeks of articles in order to qualify for admission as a barrister and solicitor. The term of articles must be completed within a period of three years from the date the Articling Agreement first became effective. Consult the Admissions Program Guide for more information about Articles.
What forms do I need to file with the Law Society when I start the term of Articles?
After you have filed the Bar Admission Course Registration Form and the Application Form for Admission as a student-at-law (Form 1), and no later than two weeks following the start of the term of articles, you must also submit the following forms:
- Original executed Articling Agreement. (Form 2). Note: the student and principal should each keep one copy of this document;
- Original Principal’s Statement of Qualifications (Form 3) signed by your principal and by each of your Associate Principal(s);
- Original Education Plan (Form 4). Note: the student and principal should each keep one copy of this form.
What are articling students able to do?
There are limits to what an articling student can do in the practise of law. These limitations are set out in the Rules of Court and in the Law Society Act, 1996. Section 75 of the General Rules under the Law Society Act, 1996 itemizes some of the things that a student may do under the direct supervision of his or her principal.
Are there specific areas of the law that I have to cover during the articling period?
When you complete the Education Plan (Form 4) with your Principal, you will be asked to advise the Society the areas of the law in which you will acquire a reasonable knowledge over the course of your Articles. Form 4 must be sent to the Society within two weeks of the start of your articles.
Practice areas: You must acquire a reasonable knowledge of substantive law and procedure in at least four of the following practice areas:
Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law, Business Law, Wills and Estates, Administrative Law, Labour and Employment.
Skills areas: You must obtain reasonable skills in professional conduct and ethics. In addition, you must obtain reasonable skills in at least eight of the following skills areas:
Interviewing, Advising, Fact Investigation, Legal Research, Problem Analysis, Advocacy, File and Practice Management, Office Systems Drafting,Writing, Negotiation, Planning and Conduct of a Matter.
Students-at-law and Principals must jointly assess the Student’s performance in conjunction with the Education Plan. Form 5 Education Plan Assessment must be completed six (6) months following the commencement of Articles. In this way, if compliance with the Education Plan is lacking, remedial steps may be taken well before the end of the Articling period.
Student Designation for Correspondence and Business Cards
During the term of your articles you may use the designation ‘student-at-law’ when corresponding with member of the profession as with the public. Such designation is permissible on business cards, letterhead and in the signature.