As part of the articling year, all clerks must participate in the Skills Course.
The purpose of the Skills Course is to test your competencies in a number of areas. While it may include some skills and knowledge already covered in your experiences during law school and / or through your articles, it also may cover other skills that you have not yet fully developed or learned. The Skills Course is an opportunity to hone all of your skills, even those you have used before, to the required level of competency to be successful on your evaluations.
The Skills Course consists of two components:
a three week in-person Skills Course (teaching Interviewing, Negotiation and Advocacy), which takes place at the Society offices between September and December; and
- a three-part online Skills Course, which covers:
- Practice Management (offered yearly in August/September, November/December and April/May);
- Legal Writing (offered yearly in January/February), and
- Legal Drafting (offered yearly between February/April).
Attendance and completion of all modules of the Skills Course are mandatory, and principals and firms must accommodate this schedule during the articling term.
In addition to mandatory attendance, it is important to note that you are not permitted to perform work for your principal or a practising lawyer while attending the in-person portion of the Skills Course. Please see regulation 3.6.5(c) of the Regulations under the Legal Profession Act for additional information.
The complete schedule for the Bar Admissions Course for the year can be found on our website at Important Dates.
Further information on the Skills Course can be found in the Articling Handbook.