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During a Placement

Unless you are making a significant change during your placement, you will not need to file any forms with the Law Society until the end of the placement, or if you intend to be called to the bar in June, by the early filing deadline (the first business day of April). We recommend that you review your training plan throughout your placement to track your progress and to ensure that you are receiving training in the necessary skills, knowledge and tasks that will help prepare you for entry into the profession.
 
You are also responsible for ensuring that you only make court and tribunal appearances that comply with the Rights of Appearance. Before making any appearance, please consult the Rights of Appearance for further information. 

Additional Resources:

  1. Rights of Appearance
  2. Guidelines for Lawyer Licensing Process Candidates Awaiting Call to the Bar 
  3. Preventing and addressing harassment and discrimination (tip sheet)
  4. Applying for a compassionate abridgment
  5. Temporary Assignment Form

 

Time Off Policy
Exam Study Policy
Temporary Assignments
Assignment of Articles
Withdrawal of Articling Commitment
Termination
Obligations of the Candidate and Principal

Time Off Policy

If you have taken off time for reasons related to prolonged illness, family responsibilities, injury or any other grounds deemed compassionate, you may apply for an abridgment based on compassionate grounds for a period of up to six weeks. For all other circumstances, the Law Society will recognize a maximum of 10 days off within the 10 month articling placement.
 
These 10 days off can be used for (but are not limited to) vacation, study, exams, or sickness. When you take more than 10 days off during the placement, this time must be added in business days to the end of the articling term, unless you are granted an abridgment.
 
For example, if you take 15 days off, 5 days will be added on to the end of your articling term. You may not shorten the length of articles by not taking time off during your placement. 

Exam Study Policy

If you are writing the Solicitor or Barrister Licensing Examination during the articling placement for the first time, you are entitled to up to a total of seven Study Days free of articling placement duties per Licensing Examination.
 
This consists of:  5 days of uninterrupted study time, 1 day to write the Licensing Examination, and 1 free day.
 
Please note that these days count toward your 10 days off, meaning that if you take the maximum of 14 days off for both examinations, you will have to add 4 days to the end of your placement, unless you are granted an abridgment.
 
Your Principal is not required to provide Study Days for any subsequent attempt(s) at writing either Licensing Examination.

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.   

 Temporary Assignments

 A temporary assignment of the articling placement occurs when you transfer from one principal to another lawyer during the articling placement for a period of more than four weeks and up to a maximum of three months. You must file a Temporary Assignment of Articling Placement form with the articling office within 10 business days of the transfer. You must return to the original placement before the end of the articling term.

Assignment of Articles

 An assignment of articling placement occurs when you permanently transfer to another approved articling principal during the term.

To receive credit with the first Principal, a Certificate of Service must filed and the record of experiential training must be filed by both you and your principal.

If a placement is assigned the very next business day, the Assignment of Articles form will be filed. If more than 1 business day elapses before you begin articling for the new principal, then you must file a new Articles of Clerkship form for this new principal.

The assigned Principal must file the experiential training plan within 10 business days of the candidate’s start date.

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 the Rules of Professional Conduct on Conflicts from Transfer between Law Firms.

Withdrawal of Articling Commitment

Where a principal commits to provide an articling placement to you 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 help you find an appropriate alternative articling placement. Examples of such steps include assisting you in obtaining interviews with other firms, making administrative services available to you, and providing you with a letter that clearly states that you are without an articling placement through no fault of your own.

Termination

If you are experiencing difficulties during the articling placement, you may contact the articling office 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. You may access the Law Society Referral Service to be referred to a lawyer.
 
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

Obligations of the Candidate and Principal

Within 10 days after a placement is terminated, you and your principal must provide to the Law Society written notice that includes the effective date of the termination, together with the Certificate of Service under Articles, signed by you and your principal.

Where an articling placement is terminated, you will be responsible for finding another articling placement in order to complete the articling term.

​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.

 If you would like to make a complaint, you may contact Complaints and Compliance.