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Reducing the length of a Placement

A reduction or abridgment to the experiential training requirement is only available if you choose to article. The 8-month Law Practice Program cannot be reduced or shortened.

There are two ways to reduce the length of the 10-month articling program:  

  • An abridgment 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. The request should be submitted after the candidate has taken the time off.

    To apply for an abridgment based on compassionate grounds, you must complete the application and submit it to 

    For requests ten days or fewer, you will only be required to complete sections one, two and four.

    For requests that are more than ten days, section three must be completed.

    Granting of an abridgment, based on compassionate grounds is discretionary. The approval process takes approximately 10 business days once all required documentation is filed.
  • An abridgment based on prior legal experience

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