About Articling

Articling Handbook

What is an Articled Clerk?  

Articled clerks are members of the Society who are enrolled in the bar admission program.  

What is articling? 

Articling is a 12-month period of experiential learning meant to assist in the transition from law school to the actual practice of law.  

During articling the goal is to provide each articled clerk with an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of relevant areas, including (but not limited to) professional responsibility, personal practice and office management, interviewing and advising, negotiation, and advocacy.  

A clerk’s work must be supervised by other lawyers, who provide constructive feedback and assist them in learning legal practice and client management skills. 

A clerk may commence articling throughout the calendar year on the first of any month however, June 1 is the most common start date. 

What are the prerequisites for applying to article? 

To be eligible to commence articles and apply to the Society, you must: 

  1. have a law degree; 
  2. be lawfully entitled to work in Canada; and 
  3. have an articling position arranged. 

How do I find an articling position? 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to find an articling position. An applicant can participate in interviewing sessions at law school and send out resumés to firms.  

The traditional articling position will have a clerk working with a qualified principal or supervising lawyer for 12 months. There are also a number of other ways to fulfil the 12-month articling requirement, including sharing articles among several legal services providers over the course of the year-long period. 

Applicants who have completed clerkships in other provinces may apply for credit toward the requirement. 

How do I apply? 

Before beginning articles, an applicant must apply to the Society to become an Articled Clerk.  Applicants must submit the application forms together with the documentation listed in the checklist found at the beginning of the Articling Application –  Part 1

Some of the documentation is completed in conjunction with your Principal, who also must apply to the Society to become a Principal

We process completed applications in the order in which they are received. Please submit your application at least six weeks prior to your preferred articling start date (or by April 1 if applying to begin on June 1) or your start date may be delayed. 

You may submit your application prior to registering for PREP.

Articled Clerk Information Documents

Articled Clerk Application Forms

Please note that we do not require a paper copy of your articling applicationE-mail your scanned application to articling@nsbs.org. Note that you can scan documents using most smartphones.

After submitting your application, please contact us to process your application fee by:

  • Credit card by calling us at 902-422-1491
  • Online banking by add Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society as a payee under bill payments and use your member number, without the dash, as your account number

We do not accept e-transfer payments.

Articled Clerk Form to Extend Articles

Articled Clerk Form to Assign Articles